Our Adventure in the 2017 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring #DriveMazda @MazdaUSA

Living in southern Michigan means we are always a car ride away from an adventure. A couple of months ago we spent a girls weekend at an in-door water park, and thanks to the 2017 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring, our adventure started on the way there. Four girls, a two hour drive, an over night stay with a lot of fun pool time, equals a dozen new memories. We packed up and hit the road on a Friday late … [Read more...]

My “Mazda’s Drive At The Track” Experience at the M1 Concourse Event #Detroit #Mazda

Mazda North American Operations and Mazda Motorsports recently hosted a local media “Drive At The Track” at the M1 Concourse for a select group of journalists and other influencers. Proudly named after America’s first highway, M1 Concourse is a brand new motorsport facility located roughly 30 minutes outside of Detroit in Pontiac, MI. There were four new Mazda Miata MX-5 Cup race cars on hand. … [Read more...]

The 2017 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid, Knows No Limits #DriveToyota

I’ll be honest, when I think of mid-size, SUVs or crossovers that can handle winter conditions here in Michigan, the word Hybrid has never crossed my mind, though the name Toyota sure has. I've had the pleasure of reviewing several vehicles from Toyota over the years, and they never disappoint. I just recently spent a week driving the 2017 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid, and it just so happen to be a week … [Read more...]

The 2016 Toyota Avalon, A Family Sedan You Can Get Excited About #DriveToyota

When you think about family size sedans, the first thing that comes to mind is practical. The description doesn't exactly scream excitement. A statement I would have agreed with, until recently when I was asked to drive the 2016 Toyota Avalon for a week to review. With its combination of comfort, quality and performance, the 2016 Toyota Avalon is one of the most impressive cars on the market. I … [Read more...]

Taking on winter in the 2016 Mazda Mazda6 i Grand Touring #DrivingMatters @MazdaUSA #ad

I recently spent a week driving this 2016 Mazda Mazda6 i Grand Touring for review. A sporty, 4- cylinder vehicle that has an impressive overview. The exterior color (SOUL RED METALLIC) and design of this car is slick and modern. Inside, the mix of fabric, and stitched leather interior is equally impressive. She’s a beauty! The 2016 Mazda Mazda6 i Grand Touring is packed with features that not … [Read more...]

2016 Toyota Camry XLE Review #DriveToyota

I recently spent a week driving the 2016 Camry XLE to review. The Toyota Camry has been the bestselling car in America for 12 years. In my opinion, it is very well deserved. I was impressed while reviewing the 2015 Toyota Camry XLE, and found the 2016 to be comparable. With very little changes. The 2016 Camry is offered in five trim packages: LE, SE, XSE, XLE and SE (with special … [Read more...]

Pacifica is a fine addition to Chrysler’s minivan heritage #NAIAS

Nick Cannon, pop culture hipster and host of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” visited the Motor City to help Chrysler debut its brand new minivan, the Pacifica, on the opening day of the North American International Auto Show and FIVE DOLLAR SHAKE was invited for an up close look at the first introduction of this vehicle to the public. Cannon spent the day interacting with auto show attendees through … [Read more...]

My favorite blog posts of 2015

Looking through my 2015 archives brings back a lot of great memories. There are so many things that I enjoyed sharing with my readers. Below is a list of fifteen of my favorite blog posts of 2015. Exclusive Paul Bettany & James Spader interview #AvengersEvent Being a longtime James Spader fan, he was everything I had hope for. Friendly, talkative, and really cool. First official movie … [Read more...]

My 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited review #DriveHyundai

I recently spent a week driving the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited for review. My week included daily trips to the office (23 miles each way), taking the kids to a football game, and a family trip to the cider mill. Being the grandma, I am a little out of practice when it comes to lugging around a stroller, baby gear and car seat. The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited made it easy for us to take our … [Read more...]

Going the extra mile with the 2015 Mazda-3, Zoom! Zoom! #DriveMazda @MazdaUSA #Review

I recently spent a week driving this beauty! The 2015 Mazda-3 i Touring is a small, sporty, yet efficient 4-door vehicle that is full of surprises. My favorite, the MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment system on a 7" screen, standing up on the dash. My first impression was that it was going to be in the way or annoy me, but I was wrong on both counts. It is very easy to use, and it helped keep my eyes on … [Read more...]

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T , brings comfort & safety to our family camping trip

We recently put the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T to the test of a four day family camping trip. Our trip included, two adults, two teenagers, two tents, four days of clothes, and a whole lot of camping gear. The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport hatch did not disappoint, as you can see, we left nothing behind. We even used the Under-Rear-Cargo-Floor Storage Compartment for smaller items. Our campground is … [Read more...]

Going places with the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander SE

I recently spent a week driving the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander SE. And when I say "driving", I mean driving... We drove from Detroit, Mi to Sandusky, Oh, for an overnight stay at Cedar Point, from there to Cleveland, Oh, to visit the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and then back home to the Detroit area. It was our roller coasters, and rocks stars road trip. It was so much fun, and we did it on only one … [Read more...]

Extremely comfortable, and luxurious, my Hyundai Sonata review

When thinking about my favorite cars, Hyundai has never been a name that comes to mind. Well, that just changed! I recently had the pleasure of driving a 2015 Hyundai Sonata for a week, and just like that - it now makes my short list of cars to consider. In-fast it not only makes my list, it just might be at the top. When it comes to vehicle reviews here on Five Dollar Shake, I pride myself on my … [Read more...]

2015 Mazda Mazda5 Grand Touring Review

I recently spent a week driving the above 2015 Mazda5 Grand Touring. It's a nice looking car, and a pretty nice ride too. Most of the vehicles I’ve reviewed over the past few years have been matched up with a family vacation or road trip of some kind. Not this time. This one I put to the test with my daily routine and my family’s busy schedule. The 2015 Mazda5 offers a high level of … [Read more...]

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC Review

I recently spent a week driving a 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC for review. The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is not only nice to look at, but a pretty nice ride too. The Outlander Sport offers a fun sporty experience, with the conveniences of a mid-size SUV. Perfect for day to day errands or small family road trips. The Outlander Sport has a 2.0-liter aluminum engine that uses … [Read more...]

New Year, New Budget! Save money with Mitsubishi

Most of us include improving our budget when listing our new years resolutions, but what if you're in the market for a new car? Well, you might want to consider the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage. The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is the most gas efficient non hybrid car on the market today, as well as the most affordable at around $12,995. I recently had the pleasure of driving the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage … [Read more...]

Kia Knows Power, my 2015 Kia Sorento LX V6 review

I recently spent a week with this beauty! The 2015 Kia Sorento LX V6. If you follow me on social media, you already know I have mad crazy love for Kia, but this one, wow, she stands out! Not only is this SUV a beauty to look at, offers a ton of convenient options, and amazing comfort inside - but she has the goods under the hood! Of course the 2015 Kia Sorento offers all of the … [Read more...]

My Favorite Blog Posts of 2013

Looking through my 2013 archives brings back a lot of great memories. There are so many things that I enjoyed sharing with my readers. Below is a list of what stands out to me as my favorite thirteen blog posts of 2013. 1. Good Times @ Castaway Bay & #Giveaway A great weekend making memories with my girls. 2. Remembering My Grandmother and Carrying On Tradition A personal post in … [Read more...]

2014 Kia Soul Review

Just before my recent trip to L.A., I was already rocking the Hollywood lifestyle, by test driving the new, transformed 2014 Kia Soul! Yeah - this one! The new Kia Soul features a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine, clean hip body lines, shorter height, and tight steering. The model I reviewed was totally tricked out inside, bringing the fun to an all new grown-up level. The Kia Soul is … [Read more...]

Kia Knows Quality, My Kia Optima EX Review

I recently had the chance to review the 2013 Kia Optima EX. The exterior color (Dark Cherry) and design of this car is absolutely beautiful! Inside, the leather interior and dash board are equally impressive. She's a beauty! Maybe I've been spoiled a little by my previous reviews but my first thoughts once inside was disappointment over the lack of navigation system, back-up camera, or … [Read more...]

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE Review

I recently spent a week driving the above 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE. It's not only beautiful to look at, but a pretty nice ride too. Most of the vehicles I've reviewed over the past two years have been matched up with a family vacation or road trip of some kind. Not this time. This one I put to the test with my daily routine and my family's busy schedule. The Outlander Sport is … [Read more...]

My Motor Oil Matters Experience

A while back I shared some tips and information from a new consumer education and industry watchdog program called MOM - Motor Oil Matters. My post included the below suggested checklist. I recently took a copy of the above check list to my local oil change garage. The maniac that was working could not have been more friendly. He answered all of my questions, and for the first time showed … [Read more...]

MOM – Motor Oil Matters! A $50 Gift Card Giveaway

Disclosure: Motor Oil Matters information and gift cards have been provided by Motor Oil Matters. I spend a lot of time in my car. I depend on my car to get me to the office each day, and to help get my girls where they need to be. Like most working mom's I sometimes find myself driving over the recommended miles between oil changes. Not because I'm lazy, but because I tend to feel out of place … [Read more...]

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