2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long Term Road Test

2012 Mazda Mazda3: Ode to Joyful Parking

July 11, 2012

2012 Mazda Mazda3

The Mazda 3 is not the car you drive to the Hollywood Bowl. In my humble opinion, no car is, unless you have super-deluxe valet parking privileges. Parking at the concert venue is an unrelenting nightmare. The Mazda 3 is, however, the perfect car to take to the Park & Ride bus that takes you to the Bowl.

The Mazda 3's hatch will easily hold a picnic basket, backpacks and stadium seat cushions. It's small enough to park easily in the shopping-mall lot that serves as the bus staging area. It's inconspicuous enough to avoid being a thief magnet while you're gone.

As to the image on the screen: It's the brainchild of Herman Kolgen of the J. Paul Getty Museum. He created a video to go with the last movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, and in it, joy expresses itself as a sinuous kudzu-like vine that overtakes streets, buildings and even parking meters, painting a gray world in shades of green. Works for me.


Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @12,083 miles


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