Last month, a bright red 2017 Mazda CX-5 arrived at my front door just in time for a fun girl’s trip to the Hudson Valley. For my birthday, I planned an itinerary for a friend and I to enjoy time in a cute bungalow, hang out at my favorite Orchard, and check walking the Walkway over the Hudson off my bucket list. So I grabbed my new poncho, a cute dress for the vineyard, and we headed 2 hours north of the Bronx for a much needed relaxing weekend.
The Mazda family has impressed us over and over again, so it was no surprise that my friend was in awe by the smooth ride and technology of the CX-5. As we prepared for take off, it was so easy to sync the perfect Pandora station for our ride up thanks to the easy-to-use infotainment system. What really blew her away was the Mazda Traffic Sign Recognition System. Seen on the Active Driving Display, the driver is able to detect and read road signs, as well as remind them of the speed limit. Keeping an eye on the road at all times is so important, and this display makes sure of it.
Mazda’s second fastest vehicle, the CX-5 makes for a great crossover SUV that is as family friendly as it is impressive. With safety features like lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and LATCH child seat safety tethers, it’s a great fit for smaller families. And with a re-engineered body and chassis as well as a redesigned interior and exterior, it will certainly turn heads- especially in the new Soul Red Crystal color we had the pleasure of testing out.
But just because it’s a crossover, doesn’t mean that it’s limited on cargo space. On our way back, the cargo area had plenty of space for our luggage and as many bags of apples and local wine our hearts desired. And at 23/30/ city/highway MPG in all wheel drive, we didn’t have to refuel during all of the fun.
Starting at $24,045, the Mazda CX-5 really is as comfortable for both passenger and driver as it is sleek and well designed. Passengers can enjoy available heated rear seats, USB ports, and rear air conditioner vents as well as reclining seats. Give my 11 year old good air flow, a reclining seat, and a USB port and there won’t be a complaint in sight. Unless her sister tries hard enough, of course.
Overall, it was the perfect weekend in the CX-5 and I just might have convinced my friend what her next car should be. For more information on the Mazda CX-5, visit www.mazdausa.com.
Oh, and for that itinerary I mentioned? Here goes!
Girls Weekend in the Hudson Valley
Friday– check into Tin Roses Bungalows in Wallkill, New York
Friday night– Enjoy dinner at the bungalow, followed by a bonfire
Saturday– head over to Weed Orchard & Winery for an afternoon of wine tasting, apple and grape picking, and fresh flower picking
Saturday night: Dinner and a live blues show at The Falcon.
Sunday morning– Check out of bungalow and head to Highland to walk the Walkway over the Hudson
Sunday afternoon– head over to New Paltz to the Water Street Market for shopping, frozen lemonade, and indulge on goodies from Kosiner Brothers Fry Shack and Dohnut Shop.
As always, all opinions are our own.