So we started on our trip in a car that not only is quite stylish but looks like it’s smiling! We had a family barbecue to attend the day after the car arrived, and not only had to bring food, but other items we had picked up that needed to be delivered to family members. But even before all of that – I had to get use to the car and driving it.
SkyActiv Technology is exclusive to the Mazda brand. It is a streamlined engineered system between the engine and other systems to provide better fuel economy and longevity of the life of the vehicle overall. This includes a lighter chassis providing a better overall fuel economy. According to Mazda’s website SkyActiv Technology:
SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY has been developed which is an umbrella name for a range of breakthrough, new-generation technologies that dramatically improve driving pleasure as well as outstanding environmental and safety performance.
The first day I had the Mazda 3 I did my normal errands around town, went to work and back and quickly noticed that hardly any gas had been used. My older car would have gone through at least a quarter tank at this point! I was excited to see just how far we could go with this.
Remember I said we had a family barbecue coming up? Besides food we had items we had picked up for my parents, my nephew, my cousin – enough that it created a large mound in the kitchen as I stacked it all up getting ready to go. I loaded the car before we took the hour and a half trip and we both got in and drove the hour and a half to my parents.
Yes – not only did me and my tall boyfriend fit comfortably in the car, but we also fit in: 2 wine racks, 2 dozen cupcakes, a cupcake stand, 2 pairs of boots, a cooler full of mixed drinks, a cake, a camera bag, a book bag, party favors, snacks, 6 dozen cookies and much much more.
The day after the family barbecue I had a business conference in Chicago, which meant a bit of a drive. Thankfully from Detroit to Chicago is a straight shot down I-94. I loaded the Mazda back up and hit the road.
The Mazda 3 not only keeps track of your current fuel economy but your average speed. And only trip which included highway and in city driving I was able to achieve 36 miles per gallon. That’s over 10 miles more per gallon my current car gets!
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