Post # 32
I have a ’09 Ford Explorer and I LOOOOOOVE her (Dora!). Super safe and I feel like queen of the road in it. I absolutely love love love driving her. Also amazing in New England winters! I use her primarily for work because I transport large boxes of inventory between my house and a warehouse.
For summer or just scooting around town I have a 2011 Toyota Camry. Very fun to drive although I do feel like I will get squished like a bug after driving the Explorer for so long!
Darling Husband drives a 2010 Mitsubishi Galant. I hate it 🙂
Post # 33
We had an SUV (mountaineer) until Darling Husband totaled it last year in the snow (it was rear wheel drive and he refused to let me drive despite him having no experience) so we got a nice full size Civic Hybrid. The seat doesn’t fold down like regular Civics but it does have plenty of storage space in it (I fit 4 other college students and all of our band things in it this year) and it’s hard to knock 40 mpg (I can average 45 if I don’t hit bad traffic, 46 on long trips).
I’ve driven it in the snow and it handles so much better than the mountaineer did.
If you do go with an SUV I would caution against, I think it’s called a Fuji? It’s the SUV that typically comes in a Smurf Blue and sometimes has one of those spouts up front. Parents keep buying them for their kids because they looks safe but I’ve seen too many that look like a crushed can after an accident.
Post # 34
@bas0587: I do love Hondas! I had an ’06 Accord before the Durango and I loved that car! I traded it in when my son was about 8 months old because a carseat is hard to maneuver with a 2 door!
@Knubbsy-Wubbsy: I’ve never heard of a Fiji. Who makes it?
Post # 35
@hisgoosiegirl: That’s the same body style as my very first car, I loved that car!
We have a 2007 Toyota Sequoia (V8 but Fiance only drives 10 miles to work), a 2008 Toyota Avalon (V6 but I only drive 2 miles to work), and a 2002 Jeep Liberty. I love the Avalon Fiance Loves the Sequoia and I keep the Jeep cause its nice to have a SUV for me when it snows.
Post # 36
If you already have an SUV I think it makes sense to get a vehicle with better gas milage. Having one car and one truck or SUV seems to be the ideal.
I drive a Mercedes c230 sport which is a small sedan. I previously only owned Fords and Chevys and I’ll never go back to a non luxury vehicle. It drives 100x better than anything I’ve driven before. In the ice or heavy rain I feel super safe and I love all the features. I’m addicted to the rain sensing wipers, coolest idea ever and nothing beats toasty leather seats on a cold morning. Of course a lot of newer higher end vehicles will have nice features 🙂
I will probably be getting an SUV in the next few years though because Darling Husband gave up his 4Runner for a BMW 335i. It’s no fun having 2 sedans with a kid and 2 dogs so I’ll be the one to give my beloved car up. I’ll be sticking with a Mercedes SUV though or possibly a BMW. It really is a whole different driving experience.
Post # 37
I drive a Kia Soul — yes, the commericals with the dancing hamsters, which is why I call my car the hampstermobile 🙂 Haha I love it, it’s very smooth and I haven’t had any issues with it in the past year.
Post # 38
@Genuine513: I drive a Pontiac Vibe too!!
I totally recommend it! It’s so comfortable, it sits higher like and SUV, gets great mileage and you can fold down the back seats for TONS of space. I fit all my sisters stuff for her college dorm in one trip.
I did a lot of research before I bought my car. Vibes are very reliable and just plain awesome. Can you tell I love my car? 🙂
Post # 39
I drive a 2008 Mazda 3 hatchback that I bought new. It may not be perfect for everyone, but I can’t explain in words how perfect it is for ME.
1. small and fuel efficient
2. slightly larger 4-cyl, 2.3 liter. Mazda “zoom-zoom” means it packs a punch with the get up and go, even though its not a “fast” car. Think zipping in and out of traffic and getting where I’m going…I don’t poke around when driving.
3. I swear it has as much cargo room as my previous 1996 Chevy s10 blazer
4. The interior is impecable. After test driving it, the interior of every other car looked like crap. I’m not a luxury type person…its fun and sporty.
5. GREAT in snow/ice…my model is the grand touring with the dynamic traction/stability control.
6. More back seat room than most small cars….more than the sentra, impreza, and civiv I know, because I’ve ridden in the back of all of them.
7. I have yet to have one single problem with this car. It drives like it did on day one. I have every intention of driving it until it literally falls apart!
I recommend the entire Mazda line to any one. I have friends/family with 6’s, 3’s, tributes, cx7’s and miata’s and I’ve never heard one complaint. In my mind you can’t beat them…especially when they aren’t any more expensive, and most of the time less expensive than competitors!
Post # 40
@Dandelion D: I really can’t remember. It’s a two tone – smurf blue and white. I don’t think it’s one of the big-big names. Normally I would just check out the window (someone has one in our complex) but everyone’s home on break.
Post # 41
@pccl: Our old Mazda (MPV, when it still looked a bit like an SUV, 94?97?) lasted for years with really hard driving. It had emergency lights on for years and finally bit it at close to 175 000. The radiator blew up on the windshield and the engine block cracked.
Post # 42
We just got a new Ford Edge and love it so far! It is a crossover SUV and very spacious, esp compared to my 2001 Jetta that we were replacing. 🙂
Post # 43
I drive a 2011 ford fiesta
I LOVE it! I get 40+ mpg out of it (it’s rated to get 38mpg). It’s small but she is so much fun to drive!
Post # 44
I drive a 2010 Ford Fusion named Thalia. I love her and she is by far my favorite car I have owned.
Post # 45
I’m kinda looking for a new vehicle as well. I am in love with the Ford Fusion’s (2010 models and newer). They are by far the most comfortable driving and visually pleasing car I have test driven. And as an added bonus I’m a sucker for pretty lights and guages and this car offers that. And it was awarded car of the year.
The Ford Edge is a nice looking cross-over. I really like the sunroof but I haven’t driven one yet so I don’t know what the drive is like. And although I may sound like it… I am not a Ford dealer 🙂
Post # 46
@Westie:, @MrsFuzzyFace: That’s funny. I didn’t see your posts before I posted that. Nice cars ladies!