Driving Through Southern California in the 2017 Mazda SUV and Miata RF

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The 2017 Mazda SUV and Miata RF are great vehicles to drive through scenic southern California. To be more specific, it’s the 2017 Mazda CX-5 and 2017 MX-5 Miata RF that we drove for a day.

We had beautiful weather, great company, and fantastic pieces of machinery to play with.

This experience was part of an all expenses paid press junket sponsored by Mazda. All thoughts and opinions shared here are entirely my own.

Driving Through Southern California in the 2017 MX-5 Miata RF.

The Mazda Brand

When was the last time you drove just for the sake of driving? I have never had time for that. I’m busy chauffeuring kids and hustling groceries.

My vehicle only gains my attention when something goes wrong.

So, to spend hours driving just for fun brought me to a sublime realization: your car is more than just a mode of transportation. It’s an experience.

An expression of art and beauty. It’s a connected energy–with you and earth. It’s passion in a machine.

The people at Mazda get this. They call it Hashiru Yorokobi. Which is a Japanese philosophy based on:

The exhilaration and liberation felt from being moved.

Driving Through Southern California in a red 2017 MX-5 Miata RF.

Refined Design

This philosophy is represented in every line, angle, and planned shadow.

These automobiles are art in motion. As a driver or passenger, sitting in the vehicle puts you in line with your path.

Even without motion, it’s a fluid experience in visual composition.

Designer sculpting a piece.
Photo Credit: David Tosti

Everything is placed with a plan; to reduce blind spots, create comfort, and add to your overall safety and pleasant driving experience. 

We had some time to speak with the designers behind it all, and they take their craft to a spiritual level of simplicity and beauty.

They prioritize needs and requirements and then purify the overall aesthetic following Japanese traditions.

Our purpose:
Make people smile.

Our attribute:
Never stop challenging spirit.

New 2017 Mazda SUV and Miata RF at an airfield in southern California.

2017 Mazda SUV and Miata RF

Representing only 2% of the global automotive industry, Mazda is a small player.

But they’re not trying to compete–they’re content doing their own thing, and building relationships with like minded consumers.

For Mazda, it’s not about the quantity; it’s about the quality.

Please enjoy this video of stunning southern California scenery brought to you from the seat of the Mazda CX-5 and Miata:

2017 Mazda CX-5.


The 2017 Mazda CX-5 handles winding mountain roads expertly and offers plenty of space for small families.

Practical enough for your daily driver while giving you the feel of premium weekend luxury.

2017 Mazda CX-5 with mountains in the background.

With a starting price of just over $24k, everyone can afford to feel extra without the hefty price tag.

Red Mazda Miata RF convertible.

MX-5 Miata RF

This stunning little convertible warrants the head-turns and stares it receives.

With a hard top that seamlessly stows with a push of a button in just 13 seconds, it’s ingenuity, and sex-appeal are a steal with a starting price of just $31,555.

I’m only a little over five foot 4 inches, but a very tall friend of mine (over 6 feet) fit comfortably in the Miata without any complaints of leg cramps or head crowding with the top on. (This is a huge deal.)

Watch the video above to see the how the hard top folds back, and
Visit Mazda to build your own!

Where would you drive the new 2017 Mazda SUV and Miata RF?

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  1. The new Mazda vehicles are gorgeous! Between that stylish design, awesome safety features and affordable price tag, I plan to put the CX-5 on our test drive list.

  2. If I had a MX-5 Miata RF like that I would always be taking road trips! That is a sweet car!

  3. I’ve never driven a Mazda vehicle before but they look really nice. I especially love that red one- such a hot car!

  4. I’m a huge fan of Mazda. All of their designs are sporty and sleek. Even the SUVs have all the right curves. Looks like it was a fun trip.

  5. Oh my goodness..as a little girl I’ve always wanted to drive a convertible. LOL This is the car to be driving in CA, great design.

  6. Those are some nice looking vehicles. The Mazda CX-5 would be great for our weekend family adventures. The Miata would be nice for a solo trip somewhere or with my best friend!

  7. This is a beautiful car. It looks like a ‘warm weather’ car, or one we wouldnt drive much up north besides when there isnt snow on the ground 🙂 Looks like you had a wonderful time.

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