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SAMURAI RIDES: THE 2017 MAZDA CX 3 – BIRTHDAY EDITION

 SAMURAI RIDES: THE 2017 MAZDA CX 3 – BIRTHDAY EDITION

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After a short hiatus for the heart of the winter season, Samurai Rides is getting ready to welcome in warmer days. Before we hit the official start of Spring those good folks at Mazda sent me a little gift. Seeking to make my travel a bit more comfortable, the Mazda CX 3 Grand Touring was dropped off for me to enjoy my birthday week in style. Sitting at the top of the subcompact division you know the quality that Mazda delivers. When I saw the Dynamic Blue of this ride, my favorite color, I was in heaven, but enough chatter let’s dive into another edition of Samurai Rides.

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First off I can imagine what you are thinking? How on earth is he really reviewing a sub compact vehicle? Isn’t he tall? Yes, it’s well documented that I’m rather over sized but that is beauty of the CX -3. Even for someone of my height Mazda’s latest CX Compact car didn’t restrict my movement, comfort or enjoyment what so ever. I’ll admit I had to lean that driver’s seat back so heaven help who ever attempts to sit behind me. Outside of that it was all good. This is the 2nd year for the CX-3 after its’ initial introduction into the Mazda line up last year. It’s essentially a replacement for the Mazda 2 which is no longer available in the U.S.

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Max & Mazda. Matching Blue as we hit the road.

Truthfully, after a solid debut Mazda is just tweaking a few things for 2017. They have made a few features available in lower trims besides the Grand Touring edition. You can enjoy the redesigned 18 inch wheels at the mid level trim now as well as the  i-Activsense package which offers adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, automated emergency braking, and more. Mazda shaved off nearly $800 to bring that add-on option pack just under $1200.

Another thing I will say is that the CX-3 Is not the ride to get if you’re planning on lugging around a lot of stuff. There’s modest trunk space here. You should be ok with your weekly personal groceries but massive shopping trips will have you putting bags in the rear seating space.

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Design wise Mazda remains the master of giving the look of cars costing more than they do. Surprisingly luxurious would be a great way to describe the sleek appearance of the CX-3.

This ride looks like a mini SUV but it handles like a car smoothly navigating the road. You’re getting 146 horses out of the 2 liter 4 cylinder engine. That’s getting you from 0 – 60 in 8 secs. Not bad at all. It definitely did the trick as I celebrated my birthday around New York City. In this case the smaller ride made parking that much easier.

Overall, my streak of good times with Mazda cars continues. From the seamless on road handling, to safety features, to the always simple entertainment media interface, Mazda’s consistent delivery of quality shines through with their 2nd run of the CX-3. In all honesty I really only see competition coming from within their own brand. What I mean is that the price of the Grand Touring starts around $27K at which point you may be tempted to hop up to the CX 5 for a solid increase in power and size. So, aside from some possible in-fighting, Mazda is looking pretty strong to close out the first quarter of the new year. Take a look below at a few images and swing by Mazda USA for even more CX-3 info.

Stay Tuned Samurai Rides has something special on deck to usher in the Spring.

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SAMURAI RIDES: BACK ON THE ROADS OF GEORGIA w/ the MAZDA CX-9 FOR NOMADNESS REUNION WEEKEND

SAMURAI RIDES: BACK ON THE ROADS OF GEORGIA w/ the MAZDA CX-9 FOR NOMADNESS REUNION WEEKEND

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To say that time flies is a grand understatement but in this case you’ll get no complaints from me. One of my favorite times of the year just finished. The 5th Annual Nomadness Summer BBQ, now known as Reunion Weekend went down amazingly in the Atlanta area. While it’s always a hectic time for me, I enjoy the fact that I move about town in style thanks to Mazda, For the 2nd year in a row It’s me and the Mazda CX taking care of the business at hand. Last year it was the CX-5. This summer it’s the 2016 CX-9 Signature AWD edition.

Summer time travel is the season of all carry-on bags. Without the need to wait on checked luggage, I hopped off my flight and made my way through Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International airport to my vehicle pick up location. I rarely know the color of the ride I’m getting so when this gorgeous Metallic Gray  SUV rolled up I was delighted.

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SAMURAI RIDES: HITTING THE ROAD WITH THE 2016 MAZDA CX-3 GRAND TOURING

SAMURAI RIDES: HITTING THE ROAD WITH THE 2016 MAZDA CX-3 GRAND TOURING #DRIVEMAZDA

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Rolling with some more new wheels courtesy of the good people at Mazda. This time around I get to complete the series of Mazda CX  SUV’s with the 2016 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring Edition. During the heart of winter the CX-3 shows why it’s so well suited for the cold or the pleasant climates.

I’ve previously reviewed the larger CX-5 & CX-9 models in both summer and harsh winter settings. As I put the CX-3 through its’ paces I had less snow but more pot holes to navigate as the above normal temps of this season have wrecked havoc on the roads. Never the less Mazda’s most compact of the CX series would hold its own in all categories. The  exterior of the Grand Touring  is the familiar Mazda body type with the large rear swooping down into low sleek hood. The Interior is gorgeous as the pearl and black leather finish has a dark, crimson, wine colored trim around the seats, door and gear shift.

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There’s no let down in how the CX-3 handles on the road. All the safety features you have come to expect from Mazda are at your finger tips here. Lane proximity alerts on all 4 sides, smart cruise control and blind spot monitoring add to the layers of protection Mazda provides.

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Here is the gorgeous two-tone leather Interior.

With the interesting winter we have had I got the opportunity to ride the CX-3 over snowy, icy, wet roads and sunny clear pavements in the same week. Regardless of the conditions this rides whips and was fun to drive.

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The familiar Mazda CONNECT™ INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM

Completing the full round of reviews for the CX SUVs from Mazda was a refreshing experience. After a decade plus of over sized, gas guzzling truck driving see the new wave of larger vehicles gave me a great new take on potential driving options.

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If you are looking for a ride with room but without the bulking tank-like feel of classic SUVs the CX-3 is exactly what you should be looking into. The CX series from Mazda has been officially stamped with the #SamuraiRides seal of approval but don’t just take may word for it. Click here for a few of the industry’s views on the Mazda CX-3.

 

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SAMURAI RIDES: NOMADNESS REUNION IN ATLANTA WITH THE MAZDA CX 5 #DRIVEMAZDA

SAMURAI RIDES: NOMADNESS REUNION IN ATLANTA WITH THE MAZDA CX 5#DRIVEMAZDA

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After opening up my Summer in the Mazda 6 I took my summer plans down to Atlanta, GA for the Nomadness Family Reunion Weekend. I had a new traveling buddy waiting for me at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International with a  deep navy blue Grand Touring edition CX 5.

With a massive BBQ to prepare for the Mazda CX 5 helped me hit the roads from downtown Atlanta to Stone Mountain for fun and sun as my friends made their way into town.

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While my time with the Mazda 6 was mainly spent solo. This experience would see me test out the CX’s riding ability while utilizing the amply space provided in the newest model. The CX 5 is far more graceful than it looks and was a smooth ride.  Features like the Blind Spot Monitoring and Smart Brake Support made close quarter movement that much safer from potential collisions.

My first day in the A was spent catching up with friends and visiting my favorite local spots. After a bit of socializing my attention turned to the upcoming BBQ and the list of food & supplies that would be needed.  Fortunately for me the CX 5 has a drop down passenger row that made the back and forth a breeze.

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Full house of food & drinks for my people! I was surprised just how much I fit in there .

I’m a fan of large trucks. I’ve always been an SUV type of guy but I love that crossovers handle like sports carts but have SUV functionality.  I’ve previously driven the CX 9 which is the next model up from the 5, so that meant that the trunk door opens manually vs the automatic opening of the 9. It nothing a major. You can check out my  CX 9 thoughts for more.

The 2016 Mazda CX 5 was a great ride and really held me down while in Atlanta. The GPS was on point too as I was constantly on the move and needed directions to be quick and efficient. Take a look at my images below and see what Mazda has to offer. I can’t wait to bring you more #SamuraiRides

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SAMURAI RIDES: CREATING SUMMER MEMORIES WITH THE MAZDA 6 #DRIVEMAZDA

SAMURAI RIDES: CREATING SUMMER MEMORIES WITH THE MAZDA 6 #DRIVEMAZDA

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Warm temperatures and extended hours of day light are some traits of the summer season. It is also the time to get out and meet up with your loved ones for cookouts & BBQ’s. Summer is the pay back  for all those snowy winters nights where you could only look out the window at the wind whipped snow drifts along the streets. Now you can truly enjoy the outdoors.

As the official first days of Summer hit New York City I had quite the attractive partner hit the town with me. The 2016 Mazda 6 with its sleek sporty body type was made to navigate open roads w/ the windows down, moon roof open and your favorite tunes blasting. My summer activities would take me from the concrete jungle of New York City to the open spaces of the Peach Tree State. It was here where another Mazda companion awaited me. With a massive BBQ to prepare for the Mazda CX 5 helped me hit roads from downtown Atlanta to Stone Mountain.

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Followers of Samurai Rides will know that I’m no stranger to Mazda so I welcomed another opportunity to see what they had on deck. Hit the jump to see how this latest Mazda experience went down.

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