Peeking through windows

That’s actually our favorite way to car shop.  Neither the Knight nor I like pushy salespeople, so around here, the best way to shop unmolested is on Sundays or any other time the dealerships are closed.  (No offense to any sales people or their kin…)

We spent a lot of time over the weekend peering into windows and driving through lots.   Interestingly, there’s not much we agree upon, and to refresh memories, yes the Knight has a big stake in this purchase, because he’ll drive it as much as I do, since it will be our road trip mobile as well.

Chevy HHR

Chevy HHR

THAT was my “Are you kidding me!?” moment.  The Knight seriously thought perhaps I would at least give it a test drive.  Hello?   It’s too low to the ground for starters, it’s too narrow, and it lacks cargo room, much less the ADDITIONAL cargo room I thought WE were seeking.   Now, the color’s great, but clearly the man got carried away with his  the idea that we’d prefer better fuel economy in the next ride.

2010 Chevy Equinox

2010 Chevy Equinox

THIS was seriously considered, despite its narrow size and the slight loss in cargo space (as compared to the Beastie.)  The seats are comfortable and that greatly improved MPG is hard to resist, but I just don’t think we can do narrower and a loss of cargo. 

Hyundai Veracruz

Hyundai Veracruz

I was VERY impressed with the Hyundai Veracruz, but with a touch of irony, there were none available to test drive in my area.  The local dealership has two 2008 demos, but one was on the showroom floor and the other was in the shop, having just been surrendered from its life as a demonstrator.  The salesman was also way too coy when I tried to get a better idea of just HOW much they were willing to deal since it was a demonstrator and lacked a couple of features we really wanted, but could probably live without, if our palms were properly greased.   (He’s lucky the Knight wasn’t along at that point; the Knight doesn’t do well with smart answers and slick salesmanship.)  There ends the Veracruz’s chance of coming to live at Haddon Woods.

Subaru Tribeca

Subaru Tribeca

The Subaru Tribeca remains high on my list, but the Knight wouldn’t even get out at look at it, so I’m not sure what that means.

Infiiniti FX45

Infiiniti FX45

I truly had a few minutes  hours of car lust, after we parked next to an Infiniti FX45 at dinner.  It eliminated itself via my trusty Blackberry’s happy search while we tromped through Home Depot, the Knight shopping and me whispering longingly about the beautiful java-colored leather interior I’d spied.  I didn’t really care that its fuel mileage is worse than that of most of the Knight’s big ol’ trucks, nor did I care that it wouldn’t even hold all of the loot from a big run to the grocery store.  Luckily, the Knight is immune to my whims and held firm.

Lexux RX350

Lexux RX350

Sunday evening, we also checked out several other vehicles and went home thinking that perhaps we should just suck it up and look at a newer version of Beastie.   That’s still definitely an option, but *I* still want more cargo room, and the newer models only add very small bit of cargo room and about one MPG of improved fuel economy.

Still with me?  Let me backtrack and note I eliminated the VW Touareg on sight.  It was my favorite in photos, but in person, we didn’t hit it off, and we can’t afford the TDI (diesel) option to provide even decent fuel mileage.  The Knight ditched the Honda Pilot as too wide, since I keep insisting we don’t need another full sized vehicle.

Two more hurdles, and this car update will be done.

Mazda CX-9

Mazda CX-9

We wanted to check out the Mazda crossovers,  but they didn’t have a CX-9 in stock, and the CX-7 is way too small.  I’m still not sure this is off the table, but as with many of these manufacturers, the features we want require a fully-loaded vehicle, which often includes features we don’t need or want.  Used is ALWAYS an option;  I like letting someone else take the depreciation hit when they drive off the lot.

Acura MDX

Acura MDX

While there, we also saw a used Acura MDX, which interestingly enough, is the vehicle that lead us to the lot where we ended up buying Beastie.   I need to wrap up this post and call and see which model it is, and whether or not it has the features we want.  Of course, I’m also going to ask about the CX-9… 

Interestingly, the Knight has decided the Ford Edge offers no extra room with extra exterior width.  I can’t decide whether I like the nose on it or not, so I think the current list looks like this (in no particular order):

  1. Subaru Tribeca, whether the Knight likes it or not.  (Of course, if he’d just SAY he doesn’t like it, that would end it, but silence means I can still consider it, right?)
  2. Another Lexus, most likely a used 330.
  3. Acura MDX
  4. Mazda CX-9

I don’t like that there are no American companies on there  (or does Mazda count?), but I haven’t checked to see where these vehicles are assembled.  It won’t be a deal-maker or breaker, but I do feel a bit guilty.

As always, I appreciate your comments and input.   I do have to note that the VW/Audi salesman was willing to check with his manager when I joked about the strange, recessed bottom cushion in the center of their Q7’s back seat, to see if I could test drive with the dogs.  (Now YOU and I know that’s out of my price range, but still…  Brownie points for not just laughing at me when I gasped over the design.)

I also have to point out that I expect this vehicle to last close to 10 years, so once you schlep through this painful process with me, hopefully we won’t do it again ANY time soon!

16 comments on “Peeking through windows

  1. nichole says:

    At least you’re making some progress… even if only to eliminate options. Good luck!!!!!! 🙂

  2. gaylen says:

    As Nic said – eliminating options is progress. I still like the Subaru – at least in photos. I know my Jeep is out of your range for cargo space – but I do love it 🙂 Have you considered a minivan? g

  3. gaylen says:

    just kidding – don’t send me hate mail 🙂 g

  4. grace says:

    did you look at the XL7 or Grand Vitara from Suzuki–not that I am pushing them just wondered your thoughts, thanks so much for doing so much leg work for me!!!

  5. Barbara S. says:

    Did you tell G that she wasn’t the first (or even second) person to suggest various mini-vans?
    For what it is worth, I spoke with someone who was renting an HHR for an out of town wedding we were both at a couple of years ago, and they grumbled about the several large blind spots in the back. I had that same “Are you kidding/crazy moment with Hubband for the same car. He is now toying with the Toyota FJ Cruiser….. Oh, and a second Forester, a Camry, and a few others. But fortunately we have a few more months before mine is paid off and (I think) a little while longer than that before his bumper rusts/rots through. Why he needs the hitch portion of a bumper I am not sure; one would never dare use it at this point!

  6. Marjie says:

    The last time we went new car shopping was Labor Day weekend 1984. We bought a pair of DeVilles, a coupe and a sedan. Here’s what we asked the salesman: “How much for the coupe?” $25K. “How much for the sedan?” $35K. “Fine. We’ll give you $40K for both, or we’ll go elsewhere.” End of model year, they dealt to $45K. Never bought another new car again. Like you, I prefer to let someone else take the depreciation hit. And now that we don’t have to go out much, we don’t wear them out! Good luck with your search.

  7. anniebananie says:

    Subaru’s are built in Indiana, in a zero-waste plant. Just to let you know.

    And just, exactly, does the knight have against subarus? Mine has 222K miles on it and is still going. As a matter of fact, I am having the inspection, new front brakes (or it won’t pass inspection), oil and brake fluids changed today. I expect 300K miles or more from my little blue wagon.

    Now, tomorrow you must tell me all about the Hyundai. That’s on my list too. And I don’t like that dealership either.

  8. Monica says:

    My dad has a Lexus and it has tons of room, the back seats go down, and it really is a nice drive.

  9. Sue J. says:

    Once upon a time, we had a VW Toureg. Absolute money pit!! And the tires wore out twice as fast as normal. Couldn’t wait to unload it!

  10. Bubblesknits says:

    ::blinks:: Uh…eeny-meeny-miny-mo? 😉

  11. Ummm…you have fun with that now, ok? I can hardly stand making these decision for myself!

  12. Anita says:

    I can see why you has some car-lust going on with the Infiiniti FX45. 🙂 It’s a pretty thing. Good luck! 🙂

  13. Sonya says:

    Good luck on narrowing the list down. So glad we are not car shopping.

  14. Sue says:

    Are you getting close to a decision?

  15. Alicia says:

    I know you have a lot of possiblities, but have you thought about a Honda Pilot? I LOVE my Element (everyone who dislikes them ends up loving them once they come for a ride, it’s soo versatile!) Keep us updated… I agree, it’s time to start limiting the choices so you can decide.

  16. Krystle says:

    Wow! That is some list you are working through! Good luck, I just bought my car long distance, and Mr. Jay is getting it Road Trip Ready for me to come pick it up for the journey in August… I’m excited!!

    Good luck!

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