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Been helping my mom car shop for the past few days. After her old car bit the dust ...  ... she’s been without a vehicle for several months. Though her old car was 18, it was a true Granny’s Special, a total cream puff in showroom perfect condition with all the options and only 15,000 miles on the odometer. Seriously, her Bonneville wasn’t even dirty in the engine compartment.

So we looked at this one, looked at that one, checked out a minivan and a limo. Little cars, big cars. Figured out that maybe a small SUV / Crossover might be better this time around. Laughed ourselves silly test driving a CR-V with a CVT transmission, trying to pass a Caddy on an steep uphill highway as the little engine just sat there screaming. Really. If you can imagine the sound of a sewing machine being molested, you’d be close. No thanks.

Found the Mazda CX-5 to be a better fit, and with the gorgeous two tone leather in the top trim level plus all the options, it gives her back quite a bit of the luxury she had before. Plus she can get all that awesome digital safety stuff for avoiding collisions. With AWD it’s a perfect height for either of us to just slide into. No climbing up, no squatting down, no bending and twisting to get under a low slung roof. Yup, it’s a real Goldilocks. Just right. And it’s a Mazda, “Zoom Zoom”; the bigger engine adds another 35hp and more low end torque.grin And it still gets better mpg than my Saturn!!

I think she’s going to shop some more, but maybe not. Ford’s Fusion is a sweet ride, but you have to get the Titanium package to get all the good stuff. Which raises the price to the same tight bracket range as every other regular vehicle when tricked out. It’s crazy. An Impala costs the same as a CR-V which costs the same as a loaded CX-5, a loaded Mazda6, a loaded Mazda3, which costs the same as an swanky Avalon, which costs the same as a midsize pickup.  It’s tiring work, and I’ve done it 2 weekends in a row already. Maybe my brother can take her to the next dealership.

Me? Looks like I’ll be keeping the old Satrun going for a few more months. The car I want doesn’t seem to exist, so I’ll have to order it as a 2017, assuming it’s still made.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/26/2016 at 12:47 PM   
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