Cruising Around Michigan in the Mazda3

This post is written in partnership with Mazda. All opinions are my own.

Is it just me, or is this summer flying by? It feels like Memorial Day was just yesterday, yet we’ve already celebrated the 4th of July. Every year and every season seems to pass in the blink of an eye. Speaking of seasons, summertime in Michigan is by far my favorite. There are so many cool places to go and things to see. The weather this summer has been great – 70- and 80-degree days with plenty of sunshine. Warm weather is definitely a welcome sight after the harsh, cold winters we experience in the Mitten State.

A few weeks back over the 4th of July, Mazda was kind enough to let me take their Mazda3 Sedan for a spin! I currently drive an SUV, so getting behind the wheel of a sedan was a weird feeling at first, but it was something that I got used to quickly.

The Mazda3 that I drove around had a beautiful red exterior and plenty of sleek and sharp details to make it a head-turner on the road. While the exterior was beautiful, the interior of the vehicle was quiet and comfortable. We drove the vehicle up to northern Michigan and we had plenty of room for our belongings in the trunk of the vehicle. Aside from suitcases, we were able to fit a golf bag and some other small items.

After leaving our house, my husband and I made plenty of stops along the way. We spent some time shopping at Birch Run Premium Outlets, made a pit stop in Grayling and eventually made our way to the Traverse City area. The Mazda3 covered a lot of ground and we enjoyed driving the vehicle to every stop on our journey. Read on to see what my favorite features were in this vehicle and what I didn’t necessarily care for.

Favorite features:

Heads up display: I absolutely love when a car has a heads up display. I often wonder why more vehicles don’t adopt this feature. I was excited to see that the Mazda3 had this and it made tracking my speed super easy as I drove.

High beam control: One of the coolest features of this vehicle was that it could automatically sense when to turn the brights/high beams on and off based on what was in it’s path. At night, the system automatically switches to low beams when there is oncoming traffic or a vehicle ahead. Once the traffic/vehicle passes, the high beams will switch back on and illuminate your view of the road.

Adaptive front-lighting system: On another lighting note, if you’re driving the Mazda3 at night, the headlights will help you to see around corners or bends in the road. This helps to improve visibility and allow you to spot potential hazards ahead.

Room for improvement:  

Mazda Connect™: Don’t get me wrong, the Mazda Connect™ Infotainment System is great, but the multifunction Commander control definitely takes some getting used to. I’m more familiar with touchscreen Infotainment screens in cars, so having to use the Commander was a little different. Mazda designed this control to help the driver navigate the system’s features without distraction.

Quick stats:

MRSP: Starting at $21,000
Seating: Room for 5 passengers
3 yr/36,000 mi Basic, 5 yr/60,000 mi Powertrain
The 2019 Mazda3 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick when equipped with available Smart Brake Support.

Overall, the Mazda3 was a great car to drive. It would be the perfect vehicle for any daily drives. Since it’s a sedan, it’s not the most ideal vehicle for road trips, but it still gets you from point A to point B which is all that matters. The exterior of the vehicle is super eye catching and the interior is sleek and sophisticated. If you’re looking for a sedan, I would definitely recommend this vehicle. It’s a 2019 model that definitely stands out in a crowd!