|Mazda 3 and patriotic American flag display |
on Memorial Day weekend at Seabrook Island
|Nice control center in between seats|
Spending the Memorial Day Holiday shuttling back and forth to the beach is a tradition in the Lowcountry. The arrival of Tropical Storm Alberto kept some in suspense as to when the deluge of rain would washout any of that cherished cookout time. The blowing wind and rain hit hard on Sunday afternoon, but thankfully the first half of the holiday was sunny and pleasant. Patriotic displays with American flags keeps everyone mindful of the sacrifices that inspire the holiday, while we celebrate the freedom to gather together and to enjoy our favorite past times.
Test driving a sleek car like the 2018 Mazda 3 GT over the holiday weekend allowed me to pursue the freedom of driving since this hatchback zips and hugs the roads that lead to the beach. The Mazda 3 does sit low, but getting in and out of the car doesn’t seem to be an issue, and when seated I have a clear view out of all windows. The 2.5-Liter 4-cylinder engine provides the speed while the G-vectoring steering system gives the driver lots of feel when turning the wheel. This car has lots of innovative safety features like the pop-up display on top of the dash that allows the driver to view what speed limit zone they are in along with their current speed.
|Hatchback holding beach chairs|
I didn’t need to make use of the heated seats over Memorial Day, but for the first day or two I was glad to open the moon roof and let the salt air flow through. Power windows and a satellite radio cam be a wonderful combination for those who like to listen to beach music. The hatchback swallowed up my gear including two beach chairs, two sun umbrellas, a wind-stopper tent and a metal detector. The back seat was roomy enough to handle a soft-sided cooler and a couple of beach bags with more room to spare when making a quick stop at the grocery store.
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