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These last few weeks have been both busy and fun-filled, from attending several blogger events in both Manhattan and on Long Island, to dinner, to brunch with an old college roommate, and then a short road trip to Greenport, NY.  We did all of this while cruising in the ‘Inferno Red’ 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD with parchment leather interior.


2016 AWD Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring Maggiano's

Our first stop in the 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD was at the newly opened, semi-upscale, family-style Italian restaurant: Maggiano’s Little Italy in Garden City. We attended a special preview and tasting of their 2016 Eat a Dish for Make-a-Wish menu (read here).  If you’re familiar with Garden City, you know the types of vehicles that are usually around. Well, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 fit right in as we pulled into the Maggiano’s parking lot.

Inspired by the predatory stance of an animal stalking its prey, the CX-5’s KODO “Soul of Motion” design captures the essence of poise, aggression and power. Yet there’s more to those curves than what meets the eye; each was meticulously sculpted to slip through the wind with the least resistance while shifting weight rearward for greater stability. Creating true harmony between form and function.

The following day we drove from Long Island into Manhattan aka “The City” to attend two blogger events.  The first event, Breakfast in Bed with DAVIDsTEA took place at the Bleeker Street location, and the second took place in Union Square for the Momtrends Travel Trends event at the Ivivva Store.

2016 AWD Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring Package

Driving in the city literally gives me anxiety. Something about city driving makes me feel unsafe. Not unsafe in the sense that I will get robbed or worse, but unsafe due to the unpredictability of the millions of yellow taxi’s zipping in and out of traffic, cutting you off, which can lead to an accident. However, while driving the 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD, I felt safer in it than when driving my own compact SUV thanks to its high-tech driver assist features like Blind Spot Monitoring, lane-departure warning, and Smart City Brake Support (SCBS). The system can help prep the brakes for emergency stops, or if the driver fails to slow the vehicle in time to avoid a collision, SCBS will activate an automatic braking system.  New York City drivers can understand why I love this feature.

Parking in New York City can be a daunting and stressful experience. The size of the Mazda CX-5 made finding a spot easier. We were able to find spots quicker, and closer to the venues where we were visiting. The backup camera came in-handy for fitting into the tight spots for which Manhattan is known.

2016 AWD Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring Brooklyn

The weekend had more in store for us as we drove the 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring.  I finally had the chance to meet up with my friend, an old college roommate, for brunch in Brooklyn.  We caught up over New Orleans-style dishes like shrimp and grits, and a catfish po’boy.  This meant a lot to me since I don’t always have extra time to get together with friends.

Shrimp N Grits Catfish Brooklyn

The following day, the husband and I took a 74 mile road trip up to Greenport, NY. We took in the sights, listened to a live band, and enjoyed some pretty tasty burgers and fries from the North Fork Test Kitchen Food Truck.

Steak Cheeseburger and Fries North Fork Test Kitchen North Fork Test Kitchen Greenport Harbor

Driving long distances, at least for me requires having comfortable seating. The parchment leather heated seats were comfortable, and added a hint of luxury. I would have preferred all black interior versus the stark contrast of the parchment against the black dash and console.  I’m short, I like being able to see above the dashboard, past the hood and onto the road ahead. The driver’s seat of the CX-5 is adjustable for height, which is important for me.

2016 AWD Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring Parchment Leather Seats

Where the driver seating excels, the Mazda CX-5’s rear seating comfortability lacks.  The 2016 AWD Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring, even when our five year old was seated in her carseat she complained about not having enough room. Granted, at 44”, she’s tall for her age, but imagine a full-sized adult back there, it would be too cramped.  Our car is also a compact SUV; however, it doesn’t lack the legroom space.  In the Mazda-CX-5 we know we can’t comfortably travel long-distances as a family, but it’s great for short trips or date nights.

2016 AWD Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

The 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD is excellent on gas mileage. Between the events, going to work, taking our daughter to school, and our mini road trip, you’d think we’d be at the gas station frequently. Surprisingly enough, we only had to fill up the tank once since receiving the car.  I spent no more than $20.00 filling up the tank. That’s a amazing!

2016 AWD Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring Trunk SpaceAnother feature we appreciated in the 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD was the large trunk. This crossover SUV, although compact, doesn’t lack in trunk space. We can do our food shopping, carry luggage, and more. The rear seats even fold down to accommodate larger/longer items.

2016 AWD Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring Greenport BreweryThe 2016 AWD Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring is a stylish car. The look of it suits my style and personality; however, I think the car suits a single person who likes the look and feel of luxury without the cost, or young couple or college student – basically anyone who doesn’t have children.

The 2016 AWD Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring package retails for $32,640. Visit for more information.

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Kim is the do-it-all mom (and wife) who not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also blogs about her love of family, travel, beauty and skincare. Now that she has a kindergartener, Kim has added Class Parent to her resume. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she makes them look easy.

  • StyledByOmiOmy

    The interior is gorgeous, I totally appreciate the trunk space, and being able to park in small spaces while enjoying the city life is a life saver.

  • This is such a cute car! But I got distracted by the shrimp and grits…

  • LaToya Carter

    I had a Mazda once it was amazing!!! This may be my next car because I definitely need the trunk space.

  • I’m loving what Mazda has done with their vehicles. The wheels totally set off this red color. Those Shrimp and grits though, my lord they look amazing.

    • I’ve always loved mazda’s I had an ex with a 929 that I loved. I also loved Miata’s. If you’re ever in New York, visit Brooklyn to check out Peaches, they have good shrimp and grits.

  • Valerie Robinson

    You really made your rounds in the Mazda! Such a cute car! Also the shrimp and grits look AMAZING!!

    • We did. I’ve honestly had better shrimp and grits, but these were good.

  • Justina

    Love the food, love the car!

  • That looks like a great car!

  • I love the design of this car! It looks super sporty, and the safety features would really come in handy for new drivers like me. I secretly want a Mazda, but my husband is stuck on a Honda. He does most of the driving, so…

    • We have to change who does the most driving. Girl! lol I love to just get up and go. Honda’s are good cars as well… durable. Go for what you like.

  • This looks like a cool car to drive! I’m definitely in the market for something bigger and this looks pretty roomy without being HUGE.


  • I love all the Mazdas I have driven. So comfy

  • Tia @ financiallyfitandfab

    Cute car! My next can will be some sort of cross over or SUV.

    • Thank you. I’m an SUV girl all day.

  • My friend just bought this and love it–it’s even the same color!

    • Oh wow! That’s awesome. It’s such an elegant-looking car. The red makes it pop.

  • I loved my Mazda… unfortunately totaled it last week 🙁 I ended up buying a Scion iA which is actually a Mazda 2 just with the Scion logo on it, literally. So I love it 🙂

    • The scion is a cute car. How did you total your Mazda? I hope you’re okay.

      • I was in an accident last week but I luckily didn’t have any harm done to me physically!

        • That’s good to hear 🙂 accidents are no fun. Someone ran right into the back of me about a month ago.

  • marciaf

    Great car and great experience. I can’t believe how much you did. It all sounds perfect.

    • Thank you. We loved the car, but we definitely need something with more space in the back.

  • It is a nice car. In sport mode it MOVES! It’s probably one of the best features in the Mazda GTs. You should check your local Mazda dealer to inquire about test drives #DriveMazda

  • The large trunk looks perfect for my family.

    • It can definitely fit a lot of stuff.

  • Kimberly Thomas

    This is actually a cute car! I may need to check this one out.

    • It is cute. I like the color. I never thought I’d like a red car.

  • Cute car! I am a crossover girl and this looks like it fits into that category. The color is poppin too!

    • Yup! It is a crossover. I have an Equinox, which is a compact SUV, so this was a nice experience comparing the two.

  • What a cute car! If it makes you feel comfortable driving around NYC, that’s a great selling point! I wouldn’t even attempt it. I’m a scaredy cat!

    • Listen, I’ve lived here all of my life. I’ve driven in the city maybe 2 times lol The last time was with this Mazda.

  • The shrimp and grits look amazing! Cute car too.

    • They were good. There’s another place I like that has good shrimp n grits that’s also in Brooklyn.

  • Melissa Velazquez

    This car looks great!

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    I love my red Mazda Miata 1991 sportscar! I’ve had it for almost 25 years, my first car, and it’s still going strong. This looks like a cutie but with more storage space!

    • OMG i used to LOVE Miata’s. My neighbor has one that he keeps in pretty good condition. He only brings it out during the summer. Mazda’s are pretty good cars.