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My last week in Los Angeles I was given this Mazda 3 to drive and man…what fun I had! As you can see from the following pics I made sure I saw some of the highlights of Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. The pic above was taken in the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles. Doesn’t the red pop?
I was given a full tank of gas which gave me lots of freedom to explore. The pic above was taken on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. The pic below was in front of The Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles. While I was driving around Los Angeles I was able to park my Mazda 3 anywhere and it was super easy because the car is small enough to fit into open spaces yet big enough that I didn’t feel like I wasn’t safe. When you have a cute car that is also practical it makes driving in a city with lots of traffic a breeze.
I drove out to Chino Hills to visit this temple (I’ll tell you about that later). On my way there I had my sunglasses on, the stereo was blasting and there may have been lots of singing. What do you think of my shirt? Get yours here .
Did you know there was a temple in Chino Hills?
So guess what I did? I thought I had a bunch of inside shots of my Mazda 3 but when I went to post them turns out they weren’t as clear as I thought. Ugh. Blogger troubles. Anywho, the inside is plush and I felt like a million bucks sitting in the driver’s seat.
You can’t tell me my arm candy doesn’t look fly holding this gear shift! See the knob next to my arm? That controls the options for the navigational system which at first was a bit hard for me to get accustomed to because I’ve never driven a car with the control there but after I drove it for a couple of days it became second nature.
Oh, and I never read the manual so I’m sure had I followed directions I would have learned much quicker.
One perk I enjoyed was the sound system. I have some pretty good music on my phone and the fact I was able to pair my phone with the sound system was a bonus. Not only could I connect my phone but the screen let me know who I was listening to and what the name of the song was that I was groovin’ to.
Now this right here was one of the coolest features of all. When you sync your phone and you get a text message the message is either displayed on the screen OR if you’re driving it will read the text to you so you won’t be distracted while driving. Isn’t that fab? I’ve never had that option in any of the cars I’ve been able to drive and I’m so here for it.
I even took it out to Walnut and checked out the house I grew up in. I parked the car in front of the house in hopes the new owners (ok not so new, we haven’t lived there since 1984) would come out and ask what I wanted. I figured the bright red would catch their eye.
No one was home. Womp womp.
It’s always a challenge getting pictures taken when I’m traveling solo. A couple of men were driving by as they saw me trying to take pics and they offered to take a couple of pictures for me. I was trying to get a cool pic of Downtown Los Angeles and the car. Like my shirt? Get one here
Palm trees everywhere, right? I think the Mazda 3 looks good no matter what I use as the background.
This is a feature I was extremely geeked about. I was driving on the 405 and I peeped the difference. Do you see it? I didn’t even realize I Was speeding until I saw the red speed limit sign. It was subtle but enough that it made me slow down. Excellent.
I enjoyed my week with my Mazda 3, thank you Driveshop and Mazda for entrusting me with this beauty!