Prior to our test drives, we narrowed it down to three: Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Subaru Forrester. All in AWD. According to Consumer Reports, these were the best small SUVs and they got the best gas mileage.
After our test drives, we narrowed it down to two: Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and Honda CR-V. The Forrester just didn’t meet our comfort needs. Those seats were kind of hard! We were comfortable in both the RAV4 and CR-V. Even in the back seat.
Now, the plan was to figure out what we want and buy next year. But now I’m not so sure I want to wait that long. We’re driving to
in December for
a cruise and I wouldn’t mind having that new car. I told Hubby it was his
decision, though (since this will basically be his car) and that I didn’t want
to hear him complain if we have to drive the Xterra to Florida . For 18 hours. Only getting 18mpg
(The RAV4 Hybrid and CR-V both get about 30mpg on the highway). Florida
Right now (in June)
is offering 0% financing for 60 months on the RAV4. Will they offer that again
next year? Who knows? Honda isn’t offering any such deal (and probably never
will), but the CR-V is about $5,000 less than the RAV4. Finance charges would
have to be over 5% (which I don’t believe they are) to make the RAV4 a better
Still, I’m leaning toward the RAV4 Hybrid. Man, that car was QUIET! Even while running. The CR-V has a totally digital dash, which I’m not fond of (I like my speedometer to have a needle, since I’m visual that way). I could get used to it, though, if Hubby decides he wants to go cheaper.
As for the Ranger… our mechanic at Goodyear doesn’t think we’ll have any problems selling it (even though it’s manual everything (stick shift, windows, door locks), it’s got low mileage (80,000) and we’ve kept it in good shape). I wouldn’t mind getting rid of it now (I hate driving that thing). Of course, when we do get the new car, my Xterra has to give up the garage spot (we don’t want to park the convertible outside and the new car gets dibs). I could live with that, though.
Tonight is Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Penguins and the Predators. I don’t know if you watched Saturday’s ugly game, but man, are the Predators fans rude or what? I just don’t ever remember hearing that kind of crap from other teams’ fans. Not even from
, and they’re
pretty bad. I certainly hope our fans don’t stoop to that level when the game
goes back to Columbus
for Game 5 (and hopefully a final winner, since we’re up 2-1 now). Let’s go
So… Do you like car shopping? Hubby hates it. I like test driving cars, but don’t necessarily like negotiating the price at the end (which you have to do or else you’re paying too much, right?). Do you think there will ever come a day when the price on the car is non-negotiable? I mean, you don’t negotiate the price on your groceries. If you find it cheaper elsewhere, you just go elsewhere. Right?