Last weekend I drove to the DC car show in a Ford Escape as a guest of Toyota and came home in a Chevy.
Or, um, something like that.
We’ve been planning to purchase a new vehicle for the last nine months or so. We’ve been going back and forth about finances and car brand and if I can live with something other than my Honda Pilot.
So I took a little trip to the DC car show to scope out the sports cars options and see the Toyota Tundra that pulled the Endeavor in LA.
But also, over the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to try out a number of different vehicles. We had a couple of weeks with the Toyota Camry…
It was zippy and fun, but not a good size for my family.
I also got to drive a Toyota Sequoia (which I considered stealing since there was no way I could afford it) around the Toyota campus in my hometown of Torrance. And, I got to spend some serious time with a Toyota Sienna on a beautiful, beachfront road trip from LA to Santa Barbara (which I would’ve liked if driving a van was even remotely a possibility).
Most recently we got to borrow a Ford Escape.
It was fun and cute and The Dudes fell head over heels in love with the double sun moon roof thingy. And, honestly, so did I. I liked the modernity of it and the way it felt sorta like a car and a truck all at the same time.
But, it was too small for us; we’re a 7 or 8 seating type of family.
So, when we went car shopping this past weekend to see what the almost-unobserved-President’s-holiday could score us in the form of car discounts, we almost didn’t even go to the Chevy dealer.
I thought for certain I’d buy a Toyota Highlander. Or a Ford Explorer.
I even sorta thought somehow I’d enter a win-a-Sequoia-because-there’s-no-way-you-could-afford-one-even-on-President’s-Day contest at a the Toyota dealer and actually win!
But, instead of all of that, I fell in love with a Chevy…
Her seating for seven with her second row my-kids-never-have-to-touch-and-fight-because-of-it-bucket-seats, and her On Star, and her Bose sound system were exactly what I was looking for in a mate car. She rides smoothly, like a car, but is just high profile enough that I almost feel like I’m in a truck. She is leathery and warm and comfortable and filled with all manner of standard items that we hardly even wanted any additional options (we did get leather seating and a dual moon roof and the roof rack thingy so we could tie our stuff up top when we head to the beach). And, don’t even get me started with the roominess inside. Did you know that the cargo space in a Traverse is actually greater than that of a Tahoe?! Don’t ask, just believe!
It is rare that I don’t suffer buyer’s remorse when I spend thousands of dollars on something, but I’m happy to report that so far, it hasn’t set in. To quote one of my favorite TV personalities Phil Robertson, I am happy, happy, happy!
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