We seem to always do things backwards. When the economy was booming, we were broke. And now that everyone’s driving “green”, I’m ready to make a big leap.
We always wanted a truck, for its carrying capacity, but we were concerned about fuel economy. So we bought Hondas instead. At its peak our 1988 Accord got 42 mpg! Seriously!
It died for good in 2001. Had 168,000k on it. I cried.
Well, now we have kids. And stuff. And our kids have stuff. So do their friends.
You can’t imagine how often I’ve wished I could offer rides to their friends, pick them up on the way to something or give them a lift home. Only you can’t do that anymore unless you have a big vehicle. Six-yr-olds are required by law to sit in booster seats, and you can’t fit 3 of those in the backseat of an Accord.
And – I’m starting to work art fairs! Hooray! Which means hauling my tent plus chairs plus walls plus art. I’ve used our 2000 Focus ZX3 (purchased when the Accord died) for that in the past, but it’s getting old and there have been some Incidents. And it doesn’t have the extra seating.
But now we really want a mini-van. Or an SUV.
Honda’s Odyssey seems to be the gold standard for mini-vans, but I rode in one recently and I just didn’t feel the love. My friend’s Town and Country was comfortable and lovely, but a tricked-out T&C costs $30k (the Odyssey’s even more).
I’m actually considering a Dodge Durango. It’ll cost $8k extra in gas, but they’re $10k cheaper. And I’ll be able to haul kids & stuff. We’ll avoid that “We’ll have to take two cars” problem.
Except…I just know some young do-gooder environmentalist will put one of those “You Gas-Guzzling Scumbag” stickers on my window.
And I’ll say “I was recycling before you were born, you whippersnapper!”
I’m wondering if anyone else has fought this particular battle of the conscience, and wondering what you chose to do?