Last month I headed down to Miami for the second stop of the SoFabU On the Road tour. I was provided a free loaner car by the awesome folks at DriveSTI. They did not pay me to write this, but I wanted to share my thoughts on the Mazda3 S Touring that they so generously provided me for a weekend.
When you go on a trip with no kids, it’s so nice to get away from the “mommy mobile.” That’s exactly what I got to do when I took the 2015 Mazda S Touring for a spin around South Florida. While I didn’t do much driving during the conference besides from one hotel to another, I did get to cruise down to my hometown of Key Largo afterwards.
The Mazda3 S Touring is a 4-door sedan. It has a maximum seating capacity of 5, so if you’re doing the math, no I wouldn’t be able to fit my whole family inside. But I’m kind of okay with that because I would much rather fill it up with some girlfriends for a road trip. It’s that kind of fun.
Here’s some of the features that I noticed.
- Back-up camera. (Perfect for the parallel parking-challenged!)
- Sunroof/moonroof. (Almost like having a convertible, kind of.)
- Awesome gas mileage. (I drove the heck out of it and didn’t stop at one gas station.)
- Key-less entry and start/stop. (No need to dig through the purse to start the car!)
- Smooth ride. (Way smoother than my minivan.)
- Super zippy. (I think it’s the horsepower that does that?)
- Roomy inside. (Way bigger than it seems from the outside.)
- XM Radio and navigation option.
The satellite radio was so nice to have. I didn’t have to listen to one single kids’ station, so that made it even more awesome. I quickly found a station I liked and listened to it the whole entire weekend. You can only use the touch screen when the car is stopped, but it has handy radio buttons down by the gear shift that you can use whenever.
The key-less entry is a serious convenience. My purse is kind of a black hole, and even though I know my keys are in there, I can never find them! Along with my phone and wallet too. I guess they have some kind of secret club that meets in there when I’m not paying attention. Luckily, all I had to do was press the button, and as long as the keys were on my person I could get into and start the car. Even with my hands full of Starbucks and shopping bags, I had no problems opening the door. I felt so smooth.
But my hands down favorite was the backup camera. I parked that baby all over the place with ease. No more guessing, no more leaving way too much space behind me, no more taking 70 tries to back into a spot. I backed in every time I parked just because I could. And it felt so good, too. I stepped out of that straightly-parked car with my head held high saying, “Yeah, I’m a chick and I parked awesome!”
The only downside to this car is that I didn’t get to keep it. Although, I guess it wouldn’t be a practical choice for my family, given the quantity of children, but I would absolutely love it for a commuter car. We are in the market for a new family vehicle, and Mazda just put themselves on my radar, so I’m excited to see what else they have to offer.
You can get the full specs and all the fancy car talk on the Official 2015 Mazda3 Website.