Sorry for the late post today, it’s been one of those mornings for sure. Now I’m going to use the blog for something a little selfish right now.. I always give you guys advice about color choices and design dilemmas, so now it’s your turn :) And it’s totally un-design related.
For the past [almost] year Derek and I have been searching high and low for the perfect car to replace LaFawnda Honda. She’s been a steady car that is filled with memories and road trips and journeys back and forth to Lubbock. But the time has come to replace her with something shinier. We’ve looked at Fiats [to small for babies], Volkswagens [too unpredictable according to friends who have them], Minis [that's a whole other story that Derek will get to at a later time], Hyundais [the dealerships in SA are absolutely ridiculous], Hondas [not loving the new body styles], Fords [don't have enough features], Volvos [too expensive with barely any features], and Acuras [no wiggle room in the price]. Clearly we’ve been searching. I’ve test driven several cars at all of these places and had it narrowed down to the Fiat 500 Lounge, Volkswagen Passat TDI, Mini Countryman S, Volvo S60, and Acura ILX. Then after careful consideration and realizing I missed my window to drive a Fiat [married = babies in the future], and the warranty for the VW isn’t very good, and the Mini was going to cost an arm and a leg for the features I wanted and I’d have to custom order it and wait 10 weeks without driving it first [boo.], and I’d have to get a CPO Volvo in order to make it worth the money and up the warranty. And then there was Acura. I’ve loved the ILX ever since our friends at Gunn tweeted at me telling me how perfect it would be for a “young modern couple” like ourselves. I test drove it earlier this summer before it was released on the market and I loved it. But it made me nervous that it was the first generation of the ILX so it didn’t have any reviews or feedback from all of the car magazines and blogs. So I waited.
Fast forward to last night when I had it narrowed down to a Mini Countryman and an Acura ILX and my heart was completely torn. When I got home Derek said “we need to talk about my car and why you shouldn’t get a Mini” and there it was. My answer! So we headed over to the Acura dealership and looked at all of the new colors and models [now that they were available] and I test drove it one more time. It was love.
So that leads me to the most important question..
It’s a hard decision! They both have tan leather interior, and I do live in Texas which means it gets up to 115F in the summer [at least!].. just some things to consider when casting your vote :) Also if you have any insight on Acura or any of the aforementioned vehicles that I didn’t really love or any that I haven’t looked at yet, I’d love to hear what you guys think! This is my first big girl car purchase so I want to be thorough.