We went to the used car lot today. I let Reza (my roommate) do most of the talking while I did a lot of observing. I test drove a Nissan Pathfinder. Funny because before the Xterra was invented, Pathfinder was top on my "someday" list. It's not anymore. It handled the road well. It's got a powerful engine. But it's way too big for me - not much body support in the driver's seat. It gets terrible gas mileage for city driving. But it is a beautiful vehicle.
Later, I took Gordy's and Reza's advice and signed up for consumer reports. I spent all afternoon reading about small and midsized SUVs. [Sorry Gordy and DiAnne, I just can't see myself in a minivan. Not yet anyway.]
The beautiful, coveted Xterra has been bumped from the first position. Right now the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CRV
are competing for the top spot on my list. Great on the road. Better
on gas. Big enough for dogs but small enough for me.
The Toyota 4Runner
is also in the competition. But it's about as big as the Pathfinder.
I'd have to sit in one and see how it feels. I've driven my friend's
4-door Ford Explorer
and as big as it is, I feel completely comfortable and safe driving
it. I think it has a lot to do with the seating options. If I could
be that comfortable in a 4Runner, that could work.
The Ford Escape
is near the top of my list too - but I know, it's a Ford.
preferred car color is black but red must photographwell, since many
of the links provided are some shade of red].
It's interesting how much I notice all the different cars on the
road when I'm in the process of buying. It amazes me how many times
I've been willing to take the first available car, or settle on
something less than desirable, just to have something to drive. Yet,
it's one of the most important decisions I'll make. And since I don't
own a home, this is a purchase that should last longer than any other
item I buy.
Tomorrow Reza and I will continue the car search. Timing
is crucial. I have a jam-packed schedule this week. And my
current car either needs to be fixed or nixed.