I am always looking for my next adventure, and the next car to take on that adventure. This week I hit the road on a solo road trip (more on that later) in the 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD and let me tell you Mazda will have you seeing red with their new Soul Red Crystal paint. Typically, I am not a fan of red cars at all, but this red is a complete game-changer, it’s absolutely gorgeous and sparkles like you would not believe when the sun hits it. The Mazda CX-5 is a nice-looking car, offering a smooth drive (yes, even on these Michigan pothole-filled roads) and plenty of space.
Here are 15 tech features I loved about the Mazda CX-5:
1. Lane-Keep Assist
Lane-keeping assist helps by notifying you if you’re drifting into another lane and your signal is not activated. In the CX-5 it’s subtle but reliable.
2. Blindspot Notification
All it takes is one glance to the side view mirrors or the heads-up display to see if there is someone in your blind spot as the light will illuminate to let you know. Even though I still do a shoulder check, this is probably one of my favorite tech features.
3. Head-Up Display
This will show you what speed you’re going, what the speed of the road is when there is a car in front of you, when someone is in your blind spot and more.
4. Adaptive Cruise Control
Set your cruise at the speed (within the legal limit) that you’re comfortable with and the adaptive cruise control will automatically slow down when approaching other vehicles ahead of you. If someone hard breaks in front of you, the car will tell you to brake while it’s breaking.
5. Collision Detection Sensors
You will be notified on the dash and on the head-up display if you are approaching a vehicle too quickly, if they’re traveling slower than you or if the car is at a standstill. The CX-5 will even brake for you if it is necessary.
6. Backup Camera
See what is around you to help prevent hitting poles, people and more.
7. Automatic Headlights
Headlights and high beams on automatic save you time and increase safety. If the drive gets dark and when you are going through a tunnel your headlights will come on.
8. Rainsense Windshield Wipers
When raindrops start to appear on the windshield, your wipers will automatically begin and keep in time with the speed of the rainfall, therefore you can keep your eyes on the road without worrying about changing the wiper speed.
9. Auto Climate Control
The car will adjust to the perfect temperature that you have set it at.
10. Large Touchscreen
You can control the screen by touching it or by using the knobs located near the driver\’s seat.
11. Heated Seats
Living in Michigan this becomes a staple that everyone wants, and the CX-5 not only has it for the driver and person riding shot-gun but for the riders in the back as well.
12. Heated Steering Wheel
This feature is great and eliminates having to drive with mittens on.
13. Driver’s Seat Memory
There are two different buttons, which allows two different drivers to have their seat set just how they like it when they get in. This is a great feature, I am 4’10” therefore anytime someone else gets in my car to drive they always have to move everything. Being able to click a button to get everything back how I like it is great.
Okay, so this may not be super techy, but it’s a feature I love.
15. Sirius XM satellite radio
This is perfect if you love to travel, you don’t have to find a radio station you like because you already know all of your favorites.
Overall, the 2019 Mazda CX-5 was a really enjoyable car. It provided a smooth ride and got great gas mileage – an average of 24 mpg (22 cities, 27 highway). The 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD retails for about $40k and is ready to take you on your next adventure. Do you drive Mazda?