This post is in partnership with DriveShop USA and Mazda. A vehicle was provided to facilitate the review. All opinions are authentic!
Before we had kids, I had a sedan. I had upgraded from a 2 door to a 4 door while in college. It was my first Big Girl car purchase and I signed on the dotted line by myself. At the time, I just wanted some more space but wasn’t really looking to keep the car any longer than 5 years. 12 years later, I wish I had told my 20-something year old self – get a vehicle that will last your lifestyle longer than 5 years!
Being without a car payment is so amazing. I wish I felt it longer than a few months before the pressure of a more family friendly car crept up on me! If I could have a sit-down with my 20 year old self, I’d say to shop around, find a car that can carry you over into a longer life style so you can be payment free for a bit! (and, use those towards your student loans!).
Mazda graciously provided us with a cherry red CX-3 to drive around for a week. Jon got the chance to drive this to work and school (he commutes about 90 miles round trip twice a week) and I used it here and there for quick (kid-free) errands. He loved the vehicle and his favorite was the sport button that I share in the video below.
What’s great about the CX-3 is that it can be great for someone who will eventually start a family, and want an affordable car to help during the transition. The base model starts just over 20k and I want to say that’s roughly what I spent for my sedan. With car searches now, I check to see – Can the Mazda CX-3 fit car seats? It does have 3 back tether anchors for car seats and you can fit an infant carrier. See more in my 90 second review of the Mazda CX-3 below!
View more info at http://www.mazdausa.com/CX-3
Thank you Mazda and DriveShop for this opportunity!