The Free for a Week Mazda CX-3: Adventure 1

December 11th, 2015 by

Mazda CX-3

Drive Free For a Week in the 2016 Mazda CX-3: Adventure 1

Mazda of Manchester is hooking up three lucky drivers with an all-new 2016 Mazda CX-3 for an entire week, along with a full tank of gas for a few surprise adventures, free of charge. We’ve asked these drivers to share their stories and adventures with the rest of us. Read on to see just how thrilling life in a CX-3 can be.

#MazdaWeekAdventure: My First 24 Hours in the New Whip


Some things take some getting used to. For me, I’ve driven an SUV for the past four years, so hopping into a CX-3 yesterday made me a little nervous.

That is, until I drove it off the lot.

I forgot how fun it was to zip around in an easy-to-maneuver car. From parking in the oh-so-tight spaces at the Glastonbury Starbucks, to merging in and out of lanes without a blind spot, the Mazda CX-3 has been a breath of fresh air.

But let’s rewind to first thing yesterday morning when I arrived at Mazda of Manchester. Talk about quality service. Now, I’m a stickler for great, quality service because my mom owns her own business. But I can’t remember the last time a car dealership made me feel like I had known them for years. Sweet, informative, and genuinely excited to hand off the keys to the CX-3, I was so thrilled to be working with a team who cares so much about the brand, the car, their company, and their clients.

The first place I took the CX-3 was sadly, work. I work in Glastonbury, so I was able to give the car a pretty good test drive with a mix of back roads and highway and I was pleasantly surprised. Smooth sailing over bumpy roads and highway didn’t make me feel like I was in a car at all. I felt safe — especially when the lights on the side view mirrors beeped to let me know there was a car too close. That’s a feature I would love to have in my SUV — because holy blind spots. Those same beeps occur when someone is walking behind your car and you’re going in reverse. Now that’s attention to detail that I really appreciate.

Halfway through the workday I took the car over to Avon Old Farms school to do some video work for my job. It’s seriously such a beautiful campus. From there, I decided the Mazda was the perfect opportunity to play a little work hooky and head over to get a gel manicure from Happy Nails — the first of my adventures from Mazda of Manchester. I chose this adventure first because, I asked myself — how can one show off this hot new whip with chipped nails? (Kind of like getting an engagement ring, right?)

With my nails decked out in holiday green and gold, I drove on over to Crossfit 033 in Glastonbury, praying I didn’t ruin my perfect nails. More importantly, those seat warmers post box jumps and burpees? Probably the best thing to happen to me, ever.

They were also the perfect anecdote to the chilly morning on Tuesday.

Tuesday, I knew, was going to be a bore. The rain, my to-do list at work, my sore legs from Crossfit that were crippling my ability to go rock climbing today. (Boo). So I thought — how can I make today fun?

Besides my usual mid-day break to Starbucks (I went through the drive-through instead of going in because I felt cool in the CX-3), I decided that since this Tuesday was #GivingTuesday, I’d adventure on over to Walmart to grab some toys to donate to Toys for Tots. Mazda has been so generous with me this week, I wanted to give back, too.

As I sit here typing away from the comfort of my apartment on this rainy evening, I think it’s safe to say the Mazda CX-3 will rest well tonight, as it’s had a busy couple of days and I have too.

Stay tuned to my adventures here on the Mazda of Manchester blog, and on their Twitter and Facebook pages!