2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature: A ruby in the dark

Once upon a time, I drove a Mazda CX-5 Signature. It was my ride between Washington Dulles International Airport and the parking garage near my hotel in Washington’s Chinatown for the 2020 Washington Auto Show.

That’s all the driving I did with it, too. Once in the garage, it stayed there during the press day of the show; I took a Lyft rather than walk for seven minutes to the convention center with my brand-new shoes in the cold of late January.

Fast-forward to mid-November 2020, the Year of Our Corona. Every day, the pandemic regains strength, the election process takes another hit from a president who substitutes reality for his own, and everyone eagerly awaits 2021 to wipe away the darkness.

In this setting, a glimmering ruby arrived at the newly fenced Aubernon Highway Roadhouse, in the form of the 2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature. And for one week, it was a dose of life I needed.

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