I know I’m breaking with tradition, and alliteration, by doing a “Favorite Thing” post on a Saturday and not a Friday but due to a delay it must be done!
Last week I was given the opportunity to participate in a media day where members of the press got to test drive Nissan’s newest fleet member, the Juke. This car was born after an SUV and a regular car met, made love, and had a baby many months later. (at time of post, I could not confirm the actual gestation period of a vehicle.)
Our task, since we did choose to accept it, was to participate in a scavenger hunt around the city of Miami and snap pictures of the Juke in various places. I must compliment the PR Firm that put this little project together. It turned what could have been a potentially boring day into one of enjoyment and it even showed me places in the city I have lived in for X many years (at least 21) that I had never been to.
I teamed up with friend and fellow Miami Media Maven Jeile Marie from goLiveMiami.com for the days events. We headed in the direction of South Beach where our first clue took us to Uncle Sam’s Music, South Florida’s Flagship independent record store where we found two gift certificates to purchase some tunes to play in our Juke.
As shown above, we walked out with the new Enrique Iglesias cd, Shakira’s Oral Fixation album in Spanish, and the new She and Him.
With our music in hand we were ready to roll on to our next clue. On our trip from the record store to the American Airlines Arena (home of the soon-to-be champs The Miami Heat!) we noticed the vehicle wasn’t driving well at all. Either we were doing something wrong or we would have to give this adorable car a bad rating.
We found our reps waiting for us in front of the AAA sign with some sweet treats and some drinks to keep us going. Upon consulting one of them with our driving issue, we were told we were driving it in manual mode and just needed to move the shifter from the left side of drive to the right. [insert women are bad driver jokes here]
What a difference! We blasted the music and experienced what the car was really meant to feel like!! Our next clue took us in to mid-town, which has experienced such a revival that if you have not visited in years, as I hadn’t, get your butt over there ASAP.
Our task was to take a picture of the car in front of a spray painted mural, in the Design District that turned out to be quite an easy task. Even though we had a specific wall we were supposed to use, I found this gorgeous wall and decided to be unique and grab some snaps there.
After my rebellious streak ended, we headed to the correct wall and picked up a new clue that took us to the furthest spot of the day. It was Jeile’s turn to drive as we headed to David T Kennedy Park on Bayshore Drive. I had never visited this park and found its truly a hidden gem in such a bustling city.
People were there with their dogs and/or their children, enjoying the particularly fantastic weather we were having that day. Here we met up with our fellow adventurers Jewel from JewelsFabLife.com and Maria from SexandtheBeach.com for some pictures and some refreshments before making our way to lunch.
Honestly, I am not getting any money from Nissan to tell you their ride was fantastic. Once we learned what we were doing wrong, the car really zipped through traffic, the sound system was great, the inside is sexy and the trunk had a huge amount of space for all the crap I tote along at various times of my life.
The cars target audience was men but I feel that women, especially moms-on-the-go would also benefit from this cute car. The back seat offered up a lot of space for a car seat or two, and there was enough bom-chica-wow-wow room. (sans car seats of course)
To give you a true review of the car I feel I would have to have it for at least of couple of days and see how it does on fuel. Gas prices fluctuate so much that for me, its important to know how far I can go on one tank.
The one other thing that worries me is the fact that this is a four cylinder car and I have an extremely heavy foot. I worry I would murder the transmission as I have done in the past to not just one but two cars. (This of course only affects me and any other lead footed people out there.)
Our final destination was back to our original meeting point at Yuca Restaurant on Lincoln Road and discuss our experience with Nissan and PR Reps for this project. I had always heard about the food here but never had a chance to dine there. Nissan provided us with an amazing spread for lunch, we had the chance to sample each appetizer on the menu AND order a hearty meal.
On the left is the churrasco I ordered and on the right is Jeile’s scrumptious Tilapia. Makes your mouth water doesn’t it?
Price points for the car range from $18,960 USD to $24,550 USD for the pimped out model. Even though I would never normally choose a red colored car for myself, the hue they used on the Juke is just gorgeous.
It reminded me of a sexy lipstick or even something out of an OPI bottle. Yes, I do feel that a car can be the perfect accessory.
You don’t have to believe me, head out to your local Nissan dealership and test out the Juke yourself. Tell them Rosy sent you and you will get a free confused smile from your salesperson.
Check out this super cute advert that was released earlier this month for the Nissan Juke, featuring a Zachary Levi look-alike imo.
Disclosure: I received a gift certificate for $20 dollars to spend on cd’s at Uncle Sams, refreshments including sodas and water and snacks throughout the day, lunch at Yuca’s Restaurant, and a Flip Cam at the end of the day as a thank you for participating from Nissan.
My review was not influenced by any of the above.