Honestly, I'm not thrilled about shopping for a new car. When we bought this car in 2013 I was looking forward to at least a decade of NOT car shopping. All the time and thought into the different options, MPG, color -- weighing all the advantages and disadvantages. And dealing with car salesman! Ugh. There are work camps in Siberia that are more fun.
But, here we are. So I've been starting to give it some thought. What I like about my car. What I'm missing. And looking around parking lots at models that are cute.
As of today my must list, which sits on top of the usual new-car features, is:
1. heated seats
2. sun roof
3. room in the trunk for a bag of soccer balls, four chairs and four backpacks.
4. fuel efficient
Additionally, I'd also really like:
1. keyless entry and start (Dave's car has this and I love that I never have to fish the keys out to get into the car or start it.)
2. navigation system. (I thought using my phone was enough, but more than once my phone fell from its spot and disappeared under the passenger seat mid-trip.)
Not important but would totally love:
1. Heated steering wheel. Cuz, I live in the Midwest and this is amazing.
Looking around, here's what I'm thinking about ... as of today:
Toyota Prius V. Yes, I got rid of our last Prius because it stunk to drive in the winter. If my driveway was icy, I wouldn't make it into the garage. And the driver's seat was basically a foam-covered bench. Not comfortable for more than a 30-minute ride. But that was years ago ... maybe these new models have a little more to them? And the fuel efficiency is hard to beat.
|Mini Cooper Countryman|
No decisions will be made until, if the news is to be believed, the end of the year. But always good to start looking at what's out there and chatting to folks about their car preferences.
Sigh. Here we go again!