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Disclosure: I received this car for a week to review in exchange for sharing my honest opinion.

A recent press trip took me to Portland, Oregon for a day. I bet you can understand that flying from Florida to OREGON for a day and Portland being on your bucket list, would be crazy to fly back the next day, right? Right! So we didn’t. My daughter, Marilu is on summer break from college, so we stayed for another 5 days and toured the breathtaking Pacific Northwest, including Seattle, Washington!

What made this journey an even extra amazing experience, was the opportunity to drive the new 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD. It’s red vibrant color and through its paces, it was great to take it on a nice little road trip along the west coast. We had the time of our life!  The 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD is roomy, was a comfortable, smooth ride, and it made the trip so much nicer.

2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD Specs

Before we get into the trip so much, let’s take a look at the nuts and bolts of this vehicle. After all, the nuts and bolts are what makes all the rest of it work. This is just to give a nice overview of the vehicle before I get down to singing its praises, and features that made me go ah:

  • Estimated Gas Mileage – 24 City. 30 Highway
  • Engine – 2.5 L Skyactive, DOHC 4 cylinder
  • Power – 184 HP. 185 foot-pounds of torque
  • Transmission – 6 speed automatic
  • Grand Touring Technology 
    • Navigation System
    • Smart City Brake Support
    • LED headlights with auto-leveling
    • Adaptive Front-Lighting System
    • LED fog lights
    • LED daytime running lights
    • LED combination taillights and an auto-dimming mirror

The 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD comes with quite a package, (as Jay Z would say) “if I do say so myself”, and my family and I definitely experienced it while we took our jaunt up the west coast. It earned the highest rating from the IHHS, for front crash prevention when it’s equipped with available Smart Brake Support Systems! Wow!

Putting the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD Through its Paces

Our Mommy/Daughter road trip took place in the Portland/Seattle area, so there was no shortage of wonderful places to see. This light SUV took us everywhere we wanted to go, and it did it with an amazingly smooth ride. We went to see the Space Needle which was an amazing experience made even better by the fact that parking this beauty was as easy as parking a car. Although it has a ton of room – we were able to easily fit ALL of our luggage in it – it is perfectly sized for easy maneuvering and parking, so it’s an absolute joy in the city.

It was a true honor to visit Multnomah Falls, Mount St. Helen, and Mount Rainier n this Mazda SUV! The entire drive was just as smooth as silk. The suspension on the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD is absolutely spectacular. It’s almost like you’re flying rather than driving. The drive is that smooth.

Through it all, we were looking razor-sharp in this SUV. It’s just the right combination of smooth and edgy, and the red color didn’t hurt either. In addition to looking good, feeling good, and having a huge amount of space, this light SUV is also absolutely unbelievable on gas mileage. I’ve always had SUVs, and none of them could have gone as far on a tank of gas as the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD.

It also kept us comfy and entertained. The A/C does its job well and the speaker system in this vehicle has a good amount of body to it. It has plenty of low ends, so it doesn’t have a tinny sound to it. We listen to a lot of music, so that’s important for us.

The 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD is Sweet Ride

We thoroughly enjoyed our time road tripping in this SUV. The Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD manages to combine the best of an SUV in a package that’s the perfect size for routine errands and day to day life. It’s roomy, yet not ginormous, and even though it’s small enough to maneuver, it never felt right. Overall, it’s the best light SUV I’ve ever driven and I look forward to riding it again.

If you’re looking for an SUV that’s the perfect combination of a room and maneuverable, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD is the SUV for you. Between its wonderful styling, smooth ride, roomy interior, and amazing gas mileage, this bad boy has everything you’d ever want in an SUV.

Starting at $ 21,795!


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Hi! I’m Myrah (pronounced: MY-RAH) and I’m a Full–Time Blogger.
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