***Disclosure: My wife reviewed a Mazda3 and was provided the car by DriveSTI. All opinions are 100% mine. ***
My family and I take a lot of road trips and vacations. We have been lucky enough to be able to test drive and review multiple cars on our voyages. This last time, we took a little 2 day road trip to Myrtle Beach and needed a car to get us there and back. My wife came up with a Mazda 3. Now I am a big man at around 300 pounds. Our kids are 11 and 8 years old. I was thinking that I might not be able to wear that car as an outfit much less drive for nine hours with 3 other people to Myrtle Beach. I was pleasantly surprised!! I had plenty of room, I never bumped my head getting in and out, and I never got really cramped at all. Granted our family likes a little more space but we were really happy with what we had. I was ready for our trip.
Now, I have never been to Myrtle Beach and couldn’t begin to drive there without a little help. This car had Mazda Navigation that they did with Tom Tom. This is how daddy doesn’t have to EVER ask for directions!! The navigation took me through the most efficient routes to our destination on the beach. I have decided that any car that we have now and in the future will have to have this feature or it’s own version. I probably would have been in New Orleans instead of South Carolina without it. It was pretty cool to see what happens when you get to the ocean.
Along the way, I really felt like I should stop and refuel. It had been a while and we had just been going on the tank of gas that was already supplied for us. I looked down at the gauge and saw that I was just under a half of a tank. I would normally be under a quarter of a tank by my calculations. I felt the $aving$ for sure.
At Mazda, we strive to transform every single drop of fuel into pure adrenaline. So we started from scratch to engineer the SKYACTIV®-G 2.0L engine and paired it with the ultra-responsive SKYACTIV® transmissions to deliver increased performance while reducing fuel consumption and emissions by up to 15%. The result: 155 horsepower, 148 lb-ft of torque and an astounding EPA-estimated 40 MPG HWY.‡
We like to take our trips at night. The kids wind down, I can work the day that we leave and give us a little longer vacation, and there is no traffic. I can see pretty good but my wife wears glasses and has trouble seeing at time so the lighting has to be pretty good for our safety and the safety of that other driver on the road at that time of night. The Mazda 3 that we drove had the Adaptive Front Lighting System. This was Awesome and I am pretty sure the first in the compact car class. When you turn the headlight automatically turns toward the direction that you are going by 15 degrees. Safety…Safety…Safety!!! My wife took a picture of the lights…check it out.
Mazda has also been talking about SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY….I will let them explain that part.
Our philosophy is that if it’s not worth driving, it’s not worth building.® So in our quest for better environmental performance, our goal was to reduce fuel consumption and emissions without compromising driving performance. To get there, we started with a clean sheet of paper and engineered every major component of the automobile to work together in efficient harmony. The result is revolutionary. You can find it in select Mazda3 models,* as well as the Mazda CX-5 and the all-new Mazda6. Soon, SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY will be in every new Mazda.
There are so many features on the car that it is really not likely that I can touch on all of them but I will hit one more safety feature. The Blind Spot Monitoring system. Now I have not been paying much attention so forgive me if I am behind the times here but this was perfect!! Just think about driving over night and you kind of start to battle the yawns, everyone else is asleep in the car, and you haven’t really seen a car in a while. What if there was a car in your blind spot and you couldn’t see them? You are in between exits in the middle of the night and could possibly have an accident with no help in the area for miles….BUT….just as you are about to change lanes you notice a warning light in the side view mirror..so you take another look and sure enough there is a car there. Your family is still safe because you were alerted by the warning system. It saved us from an accident on our trip..It really impressed us that this feature was there.
As I said earlier, I could talk about all of the features that we had but it would take a while. The main thing and the bottom line is that we really enjoyed our time with this car. The Mazda 3 took my family and me safely to Myrtle Beach for our #MBFam trip and returned us back home a couple of days later. I would highly recommend this car. We had a blast!!!