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2016 Mazda CX-5 – A Sophisticated and Savvy SUV with Lots of Style

Mazda CX-5

It’s not every day a rockin’ new ride shows up at your doorstep. And it’s definitely not every day that said rockin’ new ride is stylish, safe and can fit a growing family of five! I know, it sounds like a dream come true.

But it was no dream. I was recently able to take the brand new 2016 Mazda CX-5 for a joyride to and from my errands and events around town… Yes, in real life! This sporty and fun Crossover SUV was the best sidekick I could’ve asked for; it had every feature you could ever want and more!

Mazda CX-5

For those who know me, you know that my life is not exactly plain. In fact, it can be quite hectic. From meetings to mall trips, I’m always on the move. So it’s important to me that my vehicle is not only safe but can also support my on-the-go lifestyle. My 2016 Mazda CX-5 was the Grand Touring Edition, and boy was it grand! Like I mentioned before, I was able to comfortably fit my teens (and they are definitely “full-sized!”) in addition to my hubby and I. And being that this Mazda is a utility vehicle, there is plenty of cargo space to stash shopping bags or any other items I might require for action-packed days here in Atlanta. Plus, an impromptu road trip is just a key-turn away, because the car also has a killer navigation system sure to guide even the most directionally-challenged divas.


I had way too much fun scooting around in this sporty SUV with the sunroof down, enjoying the beauty of my city. And speaking of beatuy, the CX-5’s KODO “Soul of Motion” design captures the essence of poise and style and will have you looking and feeling like a celebrity as you move around town. Kudo’s to KODO! The CX-5’s EPA-estimated 35 highway MPG will have you and your wallet back on speaking terms again. And with a sticker price that won’t break the budget (MSRP $21,795), no one will know that you’re a budget conscious celebutante in disguise. That’ll be our secret. 😉

The 2016 CX-5 also comes equipped with lots of other cool features that kept me endlessly entertained. For example, Mazda’s Infotainment System (Mazda Connect™) let’s you control and customize your features with the twist of a nob. And for those that are social savvy,  you can send texts through Bluetooth®, stream music apps and podcasts through the Bose® surround sound, and if you get in an accident, your car will automatically call 911 for you! WOW!!!

Mazda CX-5

I felt super safe knowing the 2016 Mazda CX-5 had Smart Brake Support (SBS) and the Close Proximity Warning. The Smart Brakes can sense if you’re headed into a frontal collision and will automatically apply the brakes if you’re distracted or unable. Another feature I found fascinating was the Lane Departure Warning (LDW), sending out beeps to alert you when you get too close to the road lanes. The LDW and Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) kept me on track as I ruled the road and dreamt I was winding the Pacific Coast Highway in this smooth SUV.

Mazda CX-5

When it was time to say goodbye to my 2016 Mazda CX-5, I may have gotten a little emotional. We definitely bonded. I loved having a car that not only looks good on the road, but it supports a busy lifestyle and keeps you protected in the process. Huge hugs to Mazda for the testdrive joyride! It was Zoom-erific!

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 Jen K October 5, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    You look good in that car! We are in the market for a new one and I’ll have to check this one out.

    • Reply Nikka Shae October 5, 2015 at 6:19 pm

      Thanks Jen! This baby has a ton of features that I can’t live without (Bluetooth at the top of the list). And, it’s super stylish which is another plus for me. 😉

  • Reply Eva @ Kidminds October 5, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    I love the sound of this car! Too bad they didn’t let you keep it! I understand what you mean: my family is always on the move too and it’s not easy to find family car that is comfortable + stylish.

    • Reply Nikka Shae October 5, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      I know, Eva…wish it could’ve lasted longer!!! (queue crocodile tears) Yea… my lifestyle demands a set of wheels that can hold its own and look good doing it. 😉

  • Reply di October 5, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Looks much better than the 2015 version we looked at in December! Liked the style but the features were lacking for the price. Ended up getting a Honda CRV which I absolutely LOVE!

    • Reply Nikka Shae October 5, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      I hear ya Di. Not sure which version you tested but there were some major upgrades to the 2016 model including a host of safety features that my hubby got a kick out of.

  • Reply Blythe A. October 5, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    I have the exact same car, though a few years older, and I love it. Who knew an SUV could have such style and pick-up.

    • Reply Nikka Shae October 5, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      Hey Blythe! The 2016 CX-5 is super fun…and cute too! 😉

  • Reply Michelle October 5, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    This looks like a super sporty SUV! Thanks for sharing it! 🙂

    • Reply Nikka Shae October 5, 2015 at 9:21 pm

      It’s “sporty-chic” Michelle! (That’s a word, right?) 😉

  • Reply Cynthia @craftoflaughter October 5, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    I don’t know which I like more. The car or your shoes!

  • Reply Logan Can October 5, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful SUV! I love how much room the trunk has! It is a gorgeous vehicle!

    • Reply Nikka Shae October 5, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      Yes it is Logan! Mazda should change their slogan from “Zoom Zoom” to “Bling Bling.” 😛

  • Reply alexandria waning October 5, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    I would look so good driving that. LOL. I’ve been wanting an SUV for a while… I’ll keep this in mind when my huz finally decides to cave in.

    • Reply Nikka Shae October 5, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      This SUV doesn’t disappoint Alexandria! Let the caving-countdown commence. 😉

  • Reply laura londergan October 5, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    girl that was a sweeeeeeet ride! And it looked good on you! 😉

  • Reply Debra October 6, 2015 at 2:26 am

    What a gorgeous car! It looks amazing!

  • Reply Ana De-Jesus October 6, 2015 at 3:09 am

    That looked like an awesome ride and people will be so jealous I bet! Thank you for sharing x

  • Reply Erin October 6, 2015 at 9:32 am

    The car is fabulous but I wont lie. I’m all about your shoes! LOL, I die.

  • Reply Becca October 6, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Love it! I’ve been thinking about getting a new car!

    • Reply Nikka Shae October 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      You will love this one Becca!

  • Reply Jenn October 6, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Oh how fun! You looked fabulous in that car!

  • Reply October 6, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Omg this Mazda CX-5 sounds pretty fabulous!! Makes me want to get a new car super bad!

  • Reply lexie October 7, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    You look so fabulous my dear! I have always found it hard saying goodbye to my cars too 🙁

  • Reply Shelly October 10, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    I don’t even know where to begin with this comment. First, you look fabulous and I love that dress! I like the car and love all the trunk space it has!

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