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Road-trip to Chincoteague Island, VA in the Mazda3 Sedan

I have had the pleasure of driving a Mazda in the past and I enjoyed the car so much, I didn’t want to give it back. So when I found out I was going to be able to test out the Mazda3 Sedan with Premium Package I was very happy. This time we were headed on a road-trip to Chincoteague Island, Virginia. We were going to be glamping in an RV!

Mazda3 Sedan Premium Package ©2019 HollyDayz

When I first spotted the car I was in awe of how pretty it was. It was a bright red or as I soon came to find out Soul Red Crystal Metallic. I got in and started looking around at the white interior. It was really pretty. There were so many different features that it took a couple of times, before I began to notice more and more of them.

There were 2 of us driving and we soon discovered that the car came equipped with driver seat memory. There are two positions. This was perfect as it isn’t fun to constantly adjust the seat and mirrors after someone has just used it. You set it to what you are comfortable with and hit the button to save it. It worked great. The exterior mirrors also had memory positioning.

A feature I thought was cool was the projected MPH on to the lower part of the windshield. It was great so that you don’t have to keep looking down. However, the other driver felt it was a distraction for long-distance driving and turned it off. I happen to notice when I put the car back to my liking it popped right back up. I could see how that could become a distraction after a while. You really want to minimize distractions when it comes to long-distance journeys. My friend will avoid making long-haul drives wherever she can and often uses services like Cars Relo to transport her vehicle to where she needs it without the headache and stress of moving it herself..

I also liked that it let you know what speed limit you were in or at a stop sign etc. There have been many times were you get in the area and didn’t see the speed limit. Never fear, the Mazda3 Sedan knows!

What took getting used to was the beeping when a car was in your blind spot, especially if you were trying to switch lanes or merge. It caught us off guard and startled us a couple of times. We eventually got used to it. It is very handy.

Bose Speakers ©2019 HollyDayz

This push to start car also came with some really nice Bose speakers. It took a moment to figure how to use the multi-function commander control, but I got the hang of it and was able to save some radio stations. The car also had a sunroof, but we didn’t take full advantage it. It was really nice.

Sunroof ©2019 HollyDayz

We tested the navigation system out against our phone. The navigation had us arriving an hour later than our phone GPS did. However I did like that it informed us when we crossed state lines and if we needed any information about the area. It also let us know how far the next gas station and food was.

Multi Command Console ©2019 HollyDayz

The car did great on gas and gets 27 city miles and 36 highway miles. It was about a 5 hour drive and we made a pit stop at a Walmart to pick up a few items. When we got to Chincoteague Island we still had ample gas left over to get around and only had to fill up on the ride back.

Mazda3 Sedan next to our RV site ©2019 HollyDayz

Upon arrival to the KOA Chincoteague Island campgrounds we parked this beauty right next to the RV. We unloaded the car with all of our luggage and food. After setting up the RV and exploring the campgrounds we did a little exploring. We drove over to Assateague and found the beach. The bay was on one side and the ocean on the other.

At the beach with the bay ©2019 HollyDayz

Afterwards we headed over to one of the supermarkets to get some food to throw on the grill. Of course s’mores were involved! The next morning we headed over to the Chincoteague Diner to get some breakfast. The diner was quiet as we had missed the morning rush. The food came out quickly and was delicious.

Once again we hopped back into the car and did some more exploring. We got lucky and spotted the wild ponies that they are famous for. Many people pulled over to get pictures and we excitedly joined. Afterwards we headed to the Assateague Lighthouse. Unfortunately it was closed so we couldn’t go to the top.

The Downtown Chincoteague Island area has a beautiful waterfront. You can sit down and relax and take everything in. I loved finding the LOVE Adirondack chairs. They made for a great photo op. We also spotted a movie theater and many other little shops.

Of course we had to stop at the famous Ice Creamery to get some homemade ice cream. I ordered a banana split with chocolate, pony tracks (vanilla ice cream with peanut butter cups), and birthday cake ice cream. It was huge and so delicious. I tried to finish it, but failed. Later that night we drove to Steamers for a delicious dinner before heading back to RV to make s’mores.

Banana Split ©2019 HollyDayz

Chincoteague Island has so many things to do and great places to eat. It was great being able to explore in the Mazda3 Sedan. It was comfortable, great on gas, and got us around. The road-trip was smooth and a lot of fun. If you get the opportunity to rent or buy this car, I would highly recommend it!

KOA Campgrounds ©2019 HollyDayz

Disclaimer: While receiving the 2019 Mazda3 Sedan Premium Package to review, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

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  • Jimmy

    Never really considered Mazda as a top pick for car rental or even purchase, but it’s cool to know of their offers. Wish more of those features came standard. I believe most cars will be heading in that direction sooner or later. It does look nice though and the color pops. Best take away for me is the great mileage you got on gas. That’s always a plus for me.

    • Holly Dayz

      It was a really nice car. I enjoyed it and the features. Yes, the mileage was great with the gas.

  • Kita Bryant

    That sunroof would have been my favorite. I have always wanted a car with a sunroof since I was little it just made me look so cool. Love your trip!

    • Holly Dayz

      Thank you, it was a fun trip. I know and we didn’t even fully take advantage of it either.

  • Kiwi

    I love Madzas!!! They are so sleek and fun and modern thanks for the review!

  • Mimi Robinson

    The red colors gets your attention quickly. I appreciate the seat memory because my husband and I like different seating selections. Ice cream is a must whenever traveling.

    • Holly Dayz

      I really liked the seat memory too. Trying to spend time getting it all right can become annoying after awhile if you swtich back and fourth lol.

  • Tami Wilcox

    What a beautiful ride! I would have been quite happy to take the Mazda for a camping trip, too. (Although I’d be afraid to have an all-white interior, as I don’t keep things very clean) Chincoteague Island looks like a great destination for camping or exploring. Sounds like you had a wonderful time!

    • Holly Dayz

      Oh yea, then you would need a different color interior. It was a great place. I want to go back.

  • Sofia

    I’m actually thinking of embarking on a road trip this summer so this was helpful! Now, just need to choose the car 🙂

  • Linda (LD Holland)

    I would love to have a cute red car to head off to explore a place like Chincoteague Island. I love to try out different cars when we go on road trips. It gives you a preview of some things you might want on your next car. I love the idea of a car with a memory! But I am not sure about all the beeping. It drove us crazy on our last car rental. It was great that you got a chance to try the Mazda 3 for a good test.

    • Holly Dayz

      Exactly. I would eventually like to upgrade into a new car so this is great to try them out. Lol yes the beeping, helpful and yet a bit annoying at the same time. Scared me a couple of times lol.

  • Medha

    I love the bright red colour of the Mazda and now cool for the car to have driver’s seat memory! And Bose speakers, wow! I would love to take a road trip in that car 😉

    • Holly Dayz

      Yea, the speakers were really nice. The seat memory was great.

  • Renata

    I’m not driving, using public transportation wherever I go – yes, even in the US 😉 – however, this car looks really post in this shiny red tone. However, I would definitely prefer cycling a place like Chincoteague Island – it’s so much closer to nature and so much better for the environment.

    • Holly Dayz

      That is cool. Nothing is wrong with that. Well there are bikes for rent if you don’t bring your own and you can cycle around.

  • Nisha

    The car looks very comfortable and luxurious. Though we are a fan of Ford, Mazda looks quite decent. And to take it to a camping trip is something I would consider. BTW, we also have a red color car and we love it.

    Chincoteague Island looks great, quiet and laidback. Pictures show that you had a wonderful time.

  • sherianne

    Cute car and projecting the MPH on to the windshield is brilliant! I also would like the beeping to notify me of cars in my blindspot. GPS is so handy but they all still need to be refined

  • Claudia

    I rented a Mazda 3 a few years back and loved driving it. Looks like you enjoyed it as well. I love a sunroof in a sedan and the peppy red color is fun to drive.

  • Shreya Saha

    Chincoteague Island looks so pretty. I am intrigued by the Soul Red Crystal Metallic Mazda 3 Sedan and would love to explore the island. Assateague Lighthouse is a great place to be. Also, the food at Chincoteague Diner looks delicious.

  • Kostadin Nikolov

    This one of the comfortable and reliable models by Mazda. Last year me and a couple of friends did a raodtrip in Greece with Mazda 3 and to be honest it was quite a pleasure to drive it.

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