2016 Mazda 3: The Ideal Adventure Buddy

2016 Mazda 3

Life is all about new adventures. So when I had the chance to take the 2016 Mazda 3 out for a spin, I said why not go the extra mile and head somewhere fun and exciting. Somewhere out in the open air where I can let the roof back and let my hair fly in the wind (kinda like this one time but without the squirrels). 😛 And just where is this place of excitement? The Grand Canyon of course! Well, not quite THE Grand Canyon, but just as amazing no less. I’m talking about the “Little Grand Canyon” of course. So, me and my two daughters hopped in the 2016 Mazda 3 and headed for the hills. Literally! And with a fantastic fuel efficiency of about 40 mpg and a starting cost of $17,845, the 2016 Mazda 3 would not only get us to our destination in style but we’d have more than a few coins left for a gift shop run. But before we headed out on our “girls get-away” adventure, I couldn’t resist snapping a few pics with this compact cutie. 😀

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For those who don’t know, the “Little Grand Canyon” is the gorgeous gully at the Providence Canyon State Park in Lumpkin, Ga. A definite must-see if you live in Georgia or you are visiting, this place is truly stunning! The soil is pink, orange, red, and purple — a fantastic photo opportunity for those who love capturing the beauty of natural landscapes. And speaking of beauty…

The 2016 Mazda 3 is a sleek yet sassy sedan that makes driving way more fun than it should be. A smooth cruise to the canyon was the ideal way to arrive… Our adventure buddy was the Grand Touring model that comes fully equipped with enough luxuries to spoil any driver like Leather-Trimmed Sport Seats, One-Touch Open Moonroof, Active Driving Display, SMS Text & Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone and Audio. As chic and convenient as the interior is, the Mazda 3 is a head-turner on the outside also courtesy of BI-XENON Headlights, 18-inch Alloy Wheels, and a bold gloss black grille that let’s everyone know that this baby is all about fun!

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We couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend our trip to and from the canyon. There really is something to be said about the vehicle you travel in. Our experience was that much better riding in the 2016 Mazda 3 — the wind blowing in our hair on a lovely Georgia day. The easy-to-use Mazda Navigation System and SiriusXM Satellite Radio proved to be extra useful at keeping the girls happy and also keeping us on the right path to our adventure. No questionable detours here! Another great feature was the cruise control with close proximity warnings, which alerts you when obstacles or other drivers are a little too close for comfort…think jealous onlookers here. 😉 Voted 2015 IIHS Top Safety Pick, the 2016 Mazda 3 helped us stay safe along the way courtesy of Blind Spot Monitoring, Rearview Camera, and 24-Hour Roadside Assistance. And just in case we wanted to take our adventure off the beaten path, Mazda’s Dynamic Stability & Traction Control Systems were at the ready. :-D.

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They say that it’s about the journey, not the destination. And although our destination was a high point, the journey was definitely something to write home about, too! A fabulous car that’s down for some adventure? Now that’s a sight to see!

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Hey, if you’re looking for an adventurous ride that will look fab wherever the road takes you, the 2016 Mazda 3 is the perfect car adventure buddy!

Nikka Shae The Undercover Socialite

Disclaimer: Mazda USA and Drive Shop USA provided me with a vehicle to test drive, however all opinions are my own.

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  • Reply Robin Rue (@massholemommy) March 23, 2016 at 6:18 am

    My brother has this car (in black) and he always talks about how much he loves it. It sounds like an awesome car to me 🙂

  • Reply Heather (@TownsendHouse1) March 23, 2016 at 9:51 am

    What a fun little car! I love the red! And an amazing destination. I haven’t heard of the little grand canyon before. Looks breathtaking!

  • Reply Jena Golden March 23, 2016 at 11:23 am

    And don’t you look cute in it?! I’ll have to tell hubby about it. He’s looking for a toy 🙂

  • Reply Vicky March 23, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    That car is stylin’ and don’t you look good in it! I bet it handles great too. Love all the new techy features on new cars.

  • Reply skyemclain March 23, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    That is a snazzy car!! You look adorable in it!

  • Reply Shannon Graham March 23, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    I’ve not gotten to explore Georgia that much but dang, I wouldn’t mind doing it in that fine vehicle!

  • Reply whisktangofox March 23, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    We have a Mazda CX5 and it is our first Mazda….let me tell you…I will NEVER go back to any other make. This cX3 is no exception to how amazing and classy their cars are. And you look fabulous in it!

  • Reply Diz Fam March 23, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    OK that is one sexy car right there! When the day comes where I can get rid of the mom mobile – sign me up for this sweet ride!

  • Reply Amber NElson March 23, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    That looks like a nice ride. I’m going to show my family this one.

  • Reply Michele March 23, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    My first car was a sweet little mazda miata! I loved that car! This one looks like it would be awesome too!

  • Reply alexandria March 23, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Looks like a nice car. I just got a brand new Kia Sorento and love it so much. I would love to take a lil’ adventure in it.

  • Reply Amanda Love March 24, 2016 at 12:52 am

    That car is oh so fab and I love the red color you got. However with my big family I need something a whole lot bigger for a road trip. That would be great for riding around town however. 🙂

  • Reply Rose Sahetapy March 24, 2016 at 3:36 am

    I love the color, and looks like you had good time riding this car. This is a great recomendation.

  • Reply Leah Herring March 24, 2016 at 5:47 am

    What a gorgeous car! I love the proximity control option on cars, my husbands has it and it’s my favorite feature. Also love the price of this car, great deal!

  • Reply Ana De Jesus March 24, 2016 at 6:18 am

    Did you get to keep the car? I know you took it for a test drive but it would be nice if they gifted you the car as well can you imagine? You look fab and great review.

  • Reply Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories March 24, 2016 at 7:00 am

    Wowee, love this little red car. The trip to the canyon park looks beautiful and fun.

  • Reply Debra Hawkins (@wifeeclectic) March 24, 2016 at 11:06 am

    What a brilliant little car! I love the color, it looks amazing and your trip sounds just delightful!

  • Reply Eileen xo March 24, 2016 at 11:57 am

    This looks like a fantastic car. We are in the market right now for a new car for the hubs. I bet he would love this one. He has not driven anything but a mini van for 20 years 🙂

  • Reply Sequins in the South (@CarlsonLaci) March 24, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Live that car and definitely the color you look great in it !

  • Reply laura londergan March 24, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    what a sweet ride. Then to top it off to take it on your little adventure like that had to make for a great time 😉

  • Reply The Thought Card March 24, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    I’m surprised by the price – not too bad!

  • Reply Mimi B March 24, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Oh my gosh, that Mazda is SO sleek! That red color looks good on you. lol I could only dream of a car like this.

  • Reply Monica Benavidez March 25, 2016 at 9:12 am

    That car is too cute and perfect for a small family or single gal. The price point is great, too.

  • Reply onceuponadollhouse March 25, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    I’ve never driven a Mazda before but this car look amazing! The color is popping and all the features seem so useful.

  • Reply Julie @ Girl on the Move March 25, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    I’ve never driven a Mazda before but this looks like a great ride! And I would love driving around in a red car!!!

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