2013 Infiniti JX35: A Magical Family Vacation, Part 3 of 3
April 29, 2013
The last leg of our week-long adventure saw Santa Monica, CA as our starting point with many different daily destinations. This was the most intensive test for the Infiniti JX35 for we worked the automobile through all forms of beachfront, city, and freeway life on the road exploring the best L.A. had to offer.
The standard of family-sized vehicles used to mean a lot of space at the expense of low MPG and high fuel costs. We traveled more than 400 miles over the week and didn't have to worry about too many stops at a gas station. I filled up after the weekend at Disneyland and didn't need gasoline until the family departed LAX and returned back to the Midwest almost a week later. The average MPG matched the OEM claims exceeding 18 mpg for the trip. Do we want more? Of course.
From walking the Third Street Promenade to playing games like ski ball, and chasing the waves on the beach, we were delivered swiftly and safely by the Infiniti. We swam our way through the autos alongside us on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, beneath the Hollywood sign and even as we touched the stars at the California Science Center where the Space Shuttle Endeavor is docked.
Thursday we packed up our gear and chanted along the way to a Whale Watching Cruise before stomping and clapping our way to a Lakers Game on Friday night. The ideal family trip came to a close on Saturday with a final morning on the beach, a relaxed packing of all the new toys and memories into a cargo space with more than enough room to handle it all.
After three kids, grandma and mom all took their comfortable seats in the back and alongside me, the captain, I checked the Around View cam one more time, seeing that the coast was still clear. After a quick and quiet ride to LAX, we all hugged and hoped to be so lucky as to do it all again very soon.
Thank you, Infiniti JX35, for making the journey safe and fun.
David Landsness, Director of Video @ 16,352 miles