A Car Affair To Remember #zoomzoom
Have you ever been on a blind date? If so, you will relate to what I’m about to share with you. If not, strap on your seat belt and enjoy the ride!
Here’s the deal. I’m on my way to Southern California and I’ve been set up with a blind date. However, it’s not with a person. It’s with a car. And like most blind dates I am wondering how he, oops I mean rather it, is going to look. Will it be too small and nerdy or a behemoth of over-sized motorized wonder? I have no idea what to expect and honestly I have a few butterflies fluttering around inside my nervous stomach.
DriveSTI is the match maker and to date they’re batting a hundred. And really, this is what scares me the most. What if they drop the ball and set me up with a car that just doesn’t get me? What if our personalities clash? Then what? I cross my fingers and wait. Whatever will be, will be, right?
This is California and I have a reputation to uphold, so I can’t afford to be spotted driving something which clashes with my current SoCal environs. Yes, I am vain but justifiably so, just kidding (wink).
It isn’t very long until I see him, or rather it, the car. It pulls up confidently before me in all of its metrosexual and masculine car glory. It is red, the color of passion and its name is the Mazda CX-5 (and it is the newly minted 2015 edition). I am relieved but also intimidated because he, I mean it, is all kinds of sexy, but also a bit cerebral. Good looks and brains. This car is in a league of its on. But then I panic. Am I out of my league? I think, “I hope the car likes me too”. I take a deep breath, “Okay,” I tell myself, “Let’s see how this goes.”
Unlike A Man
Most men do not come with the keys to their mercurial hearts, but this handsomely appointed red Mazda CX-5 surely did. And also, unlike a man this self-assured car wasn’t at all capricious and didn’t make a fuss when I slid inside and drove away in complete and total control. He responded well and when I tapped the acceleration pedal I felt the peppy rev of its passion pumping 155-hp 4-cyclinder engine.
Yes, I met a car today and I must say the fireworks were instantaneous. Well, at least for me. So, this isn’t your typical girl meets car, girl is seduced by car and girl and car drive off happily into the sunset story. Or is it?
Let me get this off my chest right away. I have a thing for cars. There I said it. Whew. What a relief. The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem, right? Right. Call me a carphomaniac, what can I say?
I must admit there is something alluring about driving the Mazda CX-5, this car makes me want to be a bit
risque. Maybe it is the confidence and satisfaction I feel whilst luxuriating inside this fun car. I tell myself also that maybe it’s the sunshine of Cali or the fact that I am thousands of miles from home; there is no husband, kids, pets or housework to attend to. I mean, this is a Girl’s Getaway vacation and with the Mazda CX-5 I feel free. Plus, this is a mini-vacay and I am totally justified in letting my hair down and having some fun in the sun. Can I get a witness?!
As I drive down 405, I inhale. Ahh, I love that smell. For me the irresistible new car smell is an aphrodisiac, and nothing in this world says power and control like a stick-shift incased in my very capable right well-manicured hand.
A Fling To Remember
I know my time with the Mazda CX-5 is fleeting and so I try to live in the moment. And for now I am a woman satisfied, which is saying a mouthful. Normally SUVs are either too full of themselves and condescending, but this one is self-assured without being cocky. Considerate and not inattentive, the care has the right stuff and is just the right size. And honestly it is a lot roomier than you would suspect. Inside, the engineers definitely had their thinking caps on, because from the console to the back everything seems to be right where it should be. And too, this is a vehicle that can wear many hats. On the outside it is a cross between formal and dressed-down. For a night out on the town it wouldn’t look out of place pulling up to the ritzier places in town. But, it also looks sporty enough to haul the kiddos to soccer practice and still turn heads.
Yes, this car has great bones and very appealing aesthetics. I can see why J.D. Power gave it the highest ranked vehicle appeal.
And as I am tooling around Palm Springs taking in all of the lush scenery, the Mazda CX-5 made me feel spoiled and cared for. Is a car supposed to make you feel this way? Don’t answer that question, because I want to believe that it can.
I know this is going to sound silly but the Mazda CX-5 and I have made a kinda sorta love connection. But I don’t fool myself. I know this is just a car fling.
Soon enough he’ll (the car) will move on (literally) and forget me, Soon enough this beautiful car will be seducing another driver with its good looks and endearing qualities. It will be flaunting its impressive safety features and accommodating leg-room, and warming another heart with its comfortable leather-clad heated 8-way power driver’s seat with power adjust lumbar support. But I got to be strong because I promised myself I would not let him see me cry. Sniff.
Before I finish up my “blind car date” experience, I have to share with you my pros and cons.
But of course, there is always pros and cons when it comes to dating a man, err, um, a car.
The Windshield Wipers:
Yes. The Windshield Wipers. I actually didn’t notice this little feature at first (because it wasn’t raining), maybe because I was concentrating on driving down I-10. Anyway, as I was driving it started raining. (By the way, whatever happened to “It never rains in Southern California”?) I flipped on the windshield wipers. The rain continued to pour down. When the rain shower began to subside I noticed the windshield wipers adjusted their speed accordingly. A little while later it stopped raining all together, and guess what? The wipers stopped as well. However I never turned them off. The car shut off the wipers automatically. Cool. This little feature is a MUST Have in my next car. It’s a great safety feature because it means I can keep my hands on the steering wheel when the roads are slippery, right where they need to be. Total mind at ease.
Another safety feature that “he” offered is the warning alerts. Whenever I put my turn signal on indicating a lane change, I would hear a cool little beep. The beep warned me to the close proximity of nearby cars driving past me, making it unsafe to change lanes. Also, a warning light would also flash on the side-rear mirrors as an extra precaution. Along with the aforementioned safety features, the console had a visual readout showing how much space is between your vehicle and the car in front of you.
I can see why IIHS named it the Top Safety Pick Plus of 2015.Seriously, could how could I not been in love with this Mazda CX-5 by now?
I actually got sticker shock when I priced this automobile because I expected to cost a lot more. I wrongly assumed the base price would be around $40,000. Nope. Base price for a Mazda CX-5 starts out at $22,000 – $30,000 (depending on your selection and location). And according to Kelly Blue Book, it is one of the 10 Best SUVS under $25,000 for 2014. A beautiful car and it’s priced right. That’s a win-win for this girl!
My favorite pro is the color (Soul Red) of this particular Mazda? And with a little tap on the gas the Mazda CX-5 gives me complete freedom, a jolt of speed and a satisfactory PURR. Talk about #zoomzoom!
So what are the Cons?
This Mazda will comfortably seat 5 people. If you regularly have 5 or more humans to transport, then I would recommend checking out another SUV.
A Found Farewell
What’s a girl like me to do? It’s a travesty. My automotive landscape is populated with “Little Red Corvettes” everywhere and not all of them are red or corvettes. As we pull up to LAX, I feel a tinge of bittersweet regret as my hands let go of the steering wheel for the last time. I know I will miss this handsome Mazda CX-5.
I will miss his sexy grill, his masculine curves and bulges. I will hear his low-purring engine in my dreams and smell his new car cologne on phantom winds. But more than anything, when I happen to see his likeness on the streets and highways of my everyday life I will be reminded of our time together. And my body will be transported back into the comfort of his make and model. My heart will jolt upright with the tug of jealousy and car envy. Mazda CX-5 I will miss you. Farewell.
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