Disclaimer: I normally charge a bunch of money for a sponsored post here on Sarah and the Goon Squad, but you know how sometimes you are working with a company on one thing and then they call you one night to say, “Hey, we had a cancellation on one of our Mazda3 reviews, do you want to test drive it for a week starting tomorrow?” and you are over at your neighbors house on your third beer singing Journey songs and so you are in a really good mood, and you are all like “Sure! I’d love to! I have to go, I think they are playing ‘Separate Ways’. Bye!” Yeah, well that happened. In the interest of full disclosure, I am working with Mazda, but this was just a free test drive that I agreed to tell you about. -SB
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If you read my introduction, you know that I was not a prepared as I normally am for a test drive when they dropped the Mazda3 at my house. I was excited because it was super cute!
I was also excited because it had a full tank of gas and my own car was running on fumes, so this meant I wouldn’t have to go get gas before basketball practice. They also told me that the Mazda3 gets about 40 miles per gallon so I was super psyched because it really meant that I wouldn’t have to go get gas for another week and my SUV costs about $60 to fill up.
Then I was really, really excited because they said this car has SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, which I didn’t know what was, but it sounded cool. I figured it was a fancy technology package and maybe I could hide out in the Safeway parking lot and watch Doctor Who instead of doing laundry. It turns out that SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY is actually an entirely new way of engineering cars. Since I don’t understand crap about engineering I will now direct you to what appears to be a super smart article about it from Autoweek.
You are welcome. I think. I married an engineer so that somebody could help the children understand this sort of thing. I am in charge of other child rearing duties like yelling at kids to get out of the street and snacks.
Now, just because SKYACTIVE TECHNOLOGY didn’t mean I could access Netflix from the vehicle (I don’t think, I didn’t actually try to do that. I only had a week.) doesn’t mean it didn’t have a sweet technology package. This car had built in TomTom and my personal favorite, satellite radio which means I can listen to things like this
or things like this
equally mortifying the children if their friends are in the car.
To be completely honest, I didn’t drive the car nearly as much as I would have liked because nature decided it would be a good idea to snow in the middle of Spring Break and although driving in snow doesn’t bother me, I did grow up in Florida and I’m still not completely comfortable driving a borrowed car in snow.
BUT! The weather cleared up my the end of the week and I was able to take the Mazda3 into Washington D.C. for lunch one day and that is when I discovered my very very favorite part about this car.
It parallel parks like a dream.
Look at that! First try. It almost looks like I look like I know what I am doing. And don’t worry, Mazda. I even borrowed some extra change to feed the meter when our lunch ran long.
This is a fun, zippy little car that is fantastic for city driving. I just wish they had let me keep it for a little bit longer. The next day I went on a road trip and I would have like to have really checked out that gas mileage.