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Mazda CX-5 and My Drive to Wayne, PA

Mazda CX-5 and My Drive to Wayne, PA

Most of you know that I have an extremely long daily commute to work, from Middletown, DE to West Chester, PA and now two of those days include driving to Wayne, PA.

Needless to say, those long drives in my small Bloggy Buggy have really put wear and tear on my body which is why I started seeing a chiropractor.  

I did however, get a reprieve a few weeks ago thanks to Drive Shop USA and Mazda.

Mazda in front of the house

2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

2016 Mazda CX-5


I had an opportunity to review this 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring and it really made my commute much smoother and much more comfortable.

It was the perfect size for me and I didn’t feel overwhelmed on the highway. The ride was enjoyable and I loved the Infotainment Center with the controls on the middle console.  This was a great feature because it keeps your eyes focused on the road and not on the dashboard panel.

2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

It was also perfect for me since I am left handed but right hand dominant. The steering wheel can be adjusted up and down as well as being collapsible so it provides much more of a ergonomic grip.  

Check out the video to see what I mean.

2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

The only disappointment was the lack of a “cigarette lighter” power outlet but perhaps you can order it with a ‘smokers package’ I am not even sure if those are still available, just happy that I no longer need it! #exsmoker


There was plenty of storage/cargo space and I loved the Blind Spot Monitoring System; Departure Lane Warning; Rearview Camera and of course the Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming.

2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

It was also great on gas mileage, averaging 26 MPG, 24 city and 30 highway, which is something I am always cognizant of.   The 2016 Mazda CX-5 received the 2016 “Best Value Family Car” award from Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association and I have to agree.

2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring fits a family of four

comfortable seating in the rear of Mazda

Another great feature is the Madza Drive for Good Promotion. This charitable program was launched in 2013 and it’s Madza’s commitment to charitable service and a way to give back.


You are provided with a gift card worth $25.00 which can be redeemed by donating it to any 501(c)3 non-profit organization of your choice. For more details on this program, go to #MazdaDrive4TGood

#MazdaDrive4Good program

I wished the weather had been a bit warmer so that I could have driven her down to the shore, but instead I stayed local and my co-workers and I enjoyed a few short trips around town including a stop at this walking trail.

Mazda in Wayne PA parked at walking trail

Watch this video then leave a comment if the 2016 Mazda CX-5 would be a vehicle that would fit your family’s style.

perfect car for me

The MSRP on this model was $32,340 which included the following optional equipment, however, the base price was $29,470, not bad for the ride and style of the Mazda CX-5.

Optional Equipment;

  • Cargo Mats
  • Pre-delivery inspection
  • Rear Bumper Guard
  • Retractable Cargo Cover
  • Door Sill Trim Plates
  • ULEV II Emissions Equipment
  • Sirius Satellite Radio
  • Grand Touring Tech Package: Navigation System, LED Headlights, Adaptive Front Lighting, LED Daytime Running Light
  • Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee

College Bound Safe and Sound in a Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

If you have a son or daughter who is a new or relatively new driver and you’re in the market for a safe vehicle, let me tell you about my experience with a 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

Safe vehicle for the entire family

Thank you Drive Shop for giving me an opportunity to test drive this vehicle and it was timed perfectly for me to review during my son’s winter break home from Bowie State University.  However, before I list the specs and a few details on this vehicle, let me first give you an honest impression of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport from a mother’s point of view. 

Our youngest son is currently a sophomore in college who has been driving since he was a sophomore in High School, however, in just those few short years, he’s gotten a speeding ticket and has had two accidents, the last one not his fault but it did total his car. 

As a family we agreed to wait before purchasing a replacement as this would allow him to save more money but when he comes home this summer that time will come.  He and hubby have been bonding over the search of a new car sending each other text messages whenever they find something each of them like. 

safe vehicle for college students

A week with the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has allowed me to put in my 2 cents when it comes to making a decision and I think it would be a perfect replacement for him.  I found the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport to be a safe and sturdy vehicle with plenty of storage space for grocery shopping or returning to college with ample room for a Foot Locker, suitcase, dorm supplies, food and of course loads of laundry! 

There are just enough bells and whistles but not too many to become a distraction to a new or inexperienced driver.  With an AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers including a large one in the rear it will give him enough sound making it unnecessary to put a stereo speaker in the trunk…yes, he has done that!

great sound system

Large Speaker in the Rear

There’s a full size spare and not a donut; roomy enough for transporting a parent in the front seat and back but not too roomy which will keep the passenger count low; a full Panoramic Sunroof with LED Illumination and a front seat that fully reclines for sun or star gazing…as if!

Panoramic Sunroof with LED Illumination

Panoramic Sunroof with LED Illumination

 The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport would be a great vehicle for college bound students going back and forth to campus whether they are driving in the sun, rain or even in the snow as seen below.

great for driving in sun, rain or snow  

These are just a few features of this vehicle, check out the video below to see more and also check out their website:

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport


  • **** Government Safety Rating
  • 10 yr/100,000 mile limited warranty
  • 27 MPG (24 city/30 highway)
  • Electric Power Steering  
  • All Wheel Control
  • Drive Mode Selector (2WD/4WD Auto/4WD Lock)
  • 5 Passenger Seating  
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring system
  • Steering Wheel Audio Controls
  • Hill Start Assist
  • 12 Volt accessories outlets
  • Rear view camera assist – wasn’t the best view so make sure to check your surroundings
  • Heated side view mirrors


Optional Equipment (MRSP $29,945)

  • Navigation System with High Definition Touch Screen
  • Leather Seating Surfaces
  • Premium Sound System
  • Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror
  • Power Driver Seat
  • Panoramic Glass Roof with LED Illumination
  • Black Roof Rails

great family vehicle

Not only would a millennial enjoy this vehicle but it also made for a great ride for hubby and I during our latest RoadTrip to Retirement” 


Check out this video then come back and tell me what you think about the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.  

If you have a new driver looking for something sporty but you’re looking for something safe, check out the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE as I think you will both agree that it’s a great vehicle.

By the way, our son is celebrating his 20th birthday today!

Happy Birthdayal-Malik

Fun in the Sun with My Sons and a Sonata

Thank you Drive Shop for delivering yet another great vehicle for me to review, it was great having another Sonata in my life.  I previously had a 2005 Hyundai Sonata that lasted until 2014 with over 185 k miles and I really miss her!


Normally whenever I ask either of my sons if they want to go shopping with me they run in the opposite direction after a quick, “NO”!  However, this time knowing that we would be rolling in a Hyundai Hybrid Sonata Limited they jumped at the chance to hang out with their mother.

Hyundai Hybrid Sonata

Not only was the Hyundai Hybrid Sonata Limited a very roomy vehicle that fit our family of four quite comfortably but the quiet interior made for a pleasant trip to the grocery store as well as down to the shore which is where the mini men and I ended up on sunny Saturday afternoon.

Rehoboth Beach in the winter

Rehoboth Beach in the winter Rehoboth Beach in January

Rehoboth Beach in January

Malik was quite interested in the features under the hood as well; a fully parallel Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) system which provides optimum power, with engine and battery power supply working simultaneously. The Sonata Hybrid switches seamlessly between a gasoline engine and an electric motor to deliver efficient power.  The engine actually charges the battery so there’s no plug in power cord.

my son was interested in the engine

The Parking Brake Button and Auto Hold were also two other nice features on this vehicle.  You no longer need to “pull up” a parking brake when parking on a slope – just press the button, and you don’t need to keep your foot on the brake at long stop signal or at railroad crossing, just push the Auto Hold button and the car stays in place.  Oh and it also keeps a tight grip on a large 1 litre bottle too!

cup holder grips a 1 litre bottle

According to the specs, the gasoline engine delivers the primary charge energy for the lithium polymer batteries while the regenerative braking system provides supplemental energy.  The engine is 2.0L 4-cylinder that runs on regular gasoline and a  Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) for smooth acceleration and efficient cruising resulting in improved fuel economy with an EPA-estimated 41 Highway MPG.* 

This model included the Ultimate Package for Hybrid Limited with a $35,765 MSRP and included the following features:

  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Automatic High Beam Assist
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • High-gloss window surround
  • Smart Cruise Control with stop/start capability
  • Electronic Parking Brake (EPB)
  • LED interior lights
  • Infinity® premium audio system (400 watts)
  • 8-inch navigation system
  • HD Radio
  • SiriusXM Travel Link® (complimentary trial)

The manual sunshades for the rear windows help cut the sun’s glare on passengers sitting in the rear and is perfect for kids and babies in car seats.  The panoramic sunroof brings the sunshine in giving you a better view of what’s outside.  

Five side and curtain airbags surround the driver and passenger including a knee airbag. The Sonata Hybrid’s high voltage battery pack is stored below the trunk floor so there is ample room in the trunk to fit in lots of bags as evidenced by this weekend grocery shopping trip.

spacious trunk in Hyundai Sonata high voltage battery under the trunk floor


I don’t know about you, but as a boomer, when I first heard the term “Hybrid” it took me back to the “Save The Planet” 60s and I thought the Sonata was going to a slow moving, Putt Putt of a car, boy was I wrong.  The Sonata Hybrid not only had me riding in style down 202 and 95 North listening to Real Jazz on SiriusXM Radio but the Lane Departure Warning signals gave me an additional sense of security especially with cars on either side of me during rush hour traffic.

blind side detection

The sound of the turn signals is loud enough so that you don’t forget to turn them off after passing another vehicle.  Doesn’t it drive you crazy being behind a driver who leaves his/her blinkers flashing for miles and never changes lanes?

Hubby especially liked the dual temperature controls because even at home we fight over the thermostat, he is always cold and I am always warm so this made for a comfortable ride for both of us.

Entertainment System in Sonata


The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited is definitely a much better and more spacious vehicle than my Bloggy Buggy and I will miss the roomy interior, the Blind Zone Mirror detectors winking as other cars passed; the Hands Free Audio/Bluetooth controls in the steering wheel, the Rear Parking Assist Camera and most especially the Smart Trunk which detected the key in my hand 20-40 inches away then popped the trunk so I could load it up with ease.

Parking Assist in the Sonata  

Which of these features would be of great value to you?

large trunk space in Hyundai Sonata

  Sonata in my life again