{Car Review} The SistahChick Test Drives the Stylish New 2016 Mazda CX-5 #DriveMazda

I received this car from DriveSTI for a 7 day test drive.  All opinions are my own.


The 2016 CX-5 Grand Touring FWD in Blue Reflex Mica

I had a GREAT time test driving this awesome and FULLY loaded vehicle.  Not only is it super sporty, but its also mature and classy.  I am a woman of a certain age and I can dig sporty but when you give it to me with safety, space and class I like it more!  I am a busy wife, mother and entrepreneur so I when its time to get things done i have hit the ground running.  I was glad to get in this ride and to see how easy it was to get to know all of the fantastic bells and whistles that this vehicle has.  But first things first.  I need to get my sounds right and syncing my iPhone was a breeze!  Let’s Go!


What’s the most important feature for you when looking for a new vehicle? Can you guess what’s high on the list of priorities for me? When it comes to cars the most important feature for me is the sounds. The 2016 Mazda cx-5 has got that BOOM-BOOM bass with its Bose Centerpoint2 Surround Sound audio system with AudioPilot and 9 speakers!

I know there are more important things (seriously) so let’s go over what’s new for the 2016

New grille and new foglight surround design

Upgraded center console, dashboard and armrest design

Added electronic parking break

Addition of MAZDA CONNECT Infotainment System with larger seven-inch full color touchscreen display and multi-function commander control

Available LED headlights for Touring and Grand Touring models

Standard Bluetooth hands free phone and audio

New colors: Sonic Silver and Titanium Flash


CX-5’s capable performance, efficiency and boldness have made it a favorite in its class.  For the 2016 model year, CX-5 adds new levels of refinement and brings a depth and maturity to a variety of areas, including design, the quality and functionality of the interior, ride comfort and quietness, as well as safety performance

Starting MSRP: $21,795

Source:  2016 Mazda CX-5 Fact Sheet


Utilizing this superb automobile to run my daily errands was a breeze.  This smaller CUV (Cross Over Utility Vehicle) is the perfect shape and size for a busy mother/blogger on the go like myself.  It’s not too big, It handles well and is very efficient on gas. (Fuel Economy 29/33 mpg).  If you live in Atlanta then you know that fuel economy is VERY important.  Trekking around the city takes a lot of gas and idle traffic time which is why I was so excited about the hands free phone and audio. So whether I was getting my daily coffee fix, picking up dry cleaning, visiting family, or attending one of my many natural hair events I was sure to do it in style!  It was so hard to say good bye to “sweet sadie” (thats what I named her!)

Thank you Drive STI and Mazda for this opportunity!  You can get social with them by checking out the following hashtags:  #DriveSTI #DriveMazda and you can find Mazda as @MazdaUSA



Stacey Taylor aka “The SistahChick” is the CEO of The SistahChick & Co., LLC which is the parent company of TheSistahCafe.com(blog) Our Natural Kids (website), Sistah Buttah (product), TSC Media (service). I have turned my hobby into my career. Now I am living my dreams of being an entrepreneur and living my best life. Thank you for coming to The Sistah Cafe to read about my journey & adventures!!