As many of you know, I’ve been mulling over the purchase of a new family car for some time now. Buying a car is not something I take lightly, as I tend to keep them for a really long time. What do you drive and would you recommend it? If not, what would you buy today?
I have friends who drive huge Chevy Suburbans, but I’m not sure we need anything that big as we just have one 3 year old girl. Plus, its fuel economy of 15 city and 21 highway miles per gallon makes me concerned. Am I the only one worried gas prices will inevitably start to shoot up?
A few of my guy friends have told me (somewhat jokingly) I should suck it up, accept fate, and buy a mini-van. Is ‘minivan’ still a dirty word? The Honda Odyssey doesn’t look that embarrassing to drive, and my daughter would no doubt love the 16-inch rear video display. Not sure about mileage, though?
One that my wife likes (and clearly that’s important) is the Chevy Traverse. And I must admit it’s five-star overall crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) appeals to me if my family is going to be riding in it daily. Anyone have one?
Some of you know the vehicle I’m trading in is a Jeep Grand Cherokee. I bought it as a single guy and honestly I am not sure why one needs a Jeep in this rather flat part of North Texas? So I’m not really considering another, though I must confess I’ve really LOVED it.
Am I the only one seeing some of the newer brands on the road like the Kia Sorento and thinking, “Hey, that looks pretty nice?” I’m still stuck in the old “if you’re not buying American, then go with Toyota or Honda” mentality. Are you driving one of the “newer” brands, e.g. Hyundai or Kia?
And speaking of some of those more “traditional” foreign brands, if you can call them that. What about the smaller SUVs like the highly rated Subaru Forester, Honda CRV, VW Golf or Toyota RAV4? With only one child, might that be a good choice with possibly better mileage than a big American brand?
See… this is why it’s taking me so long to make up my mind! What do you recommend? Do you like what you are driving now? If you were buying a car today what would be the main decision points: price, safety, fuel economy (partly a factor of price), sexy styling?