You'd think that, living in auto land, we'd be all gaga over the cool new cars from Ford, etc. at the auto show.
And we were.
We love the new Fiesta, of course, and if I ever need to make a beach landing and have a spot to put my smoke grenades, it's the first car I'll buy. Truly, the Ford cars are really nice. The Fusion hybrid was high on our list when we were car shopping awhile ago, but they were so popular that we couldn't get near one to even look at it. C'est la vie.
There are tons of crossovers now (the new Explorer looks pretty sharp) and fewer minivans. A fellow mom told me she likes the Honda Odyssey better than the Toyota Sienna because it feels more solid on the highway. All I have to say to that is... Swagger Wagon.
Otto still geeks out over minivans. He was climbing around in one (sliding head first over the middle seats) while other people were trying to look at it, and so I said kind of sharply "Otto, be careful. C'mon, let's go look at something else." The two guys checking out the van gave me a startled look, which is when I recognized that they'd been speaking some German. Is it weird to hear American moms calling their boys Otto? Probably. I almost said "guten tag," but since most of my German has gone the way of the dodo, figured I shouldn't start.
Jon drooled over the Charger. Otto liked the Hot Wheels Camaro. I kept losing Annabel in the Toyota exhibit as she ran away to go climbing in the trucks.
I wandered the Subaru exhibit, a little bored - nothing I haven't seen on the showroom floor of my dealer lately, except...
Yeah. I want an ownership badge of my own! Right now it would have a big blue 2 on it. I'm aiming for a 3, next.
Jon sat in the (new bigger) Outback and his eyebrows went up. Then he figured out how to unclip the integrated roof rails and fell in love with the swiss-army-knife aspect. He's always been just OK with my wagon - it's really not quite big enough for him as far as shoulder and knee room. But the new Outback is more comfy. We looked at each other, shrugged, and said yep, this would make sense. Good gas mileage, great space for hauling gear and kids. Top-notch safety ratings. No 3rd row, which I'm still feeling ambivalent about. We really don't need it every day, so why pay for it in both car cost and gas mileage?
What made me laugh, though, was seeing Jon climb in the 4Runner and go "oh yeah..." It's manly, roomy, reliable, and takes us back to the days of the beloved blue pickup. It's not a soccer mom vehicle and I don't off-road to get to work (though I do drive in lots of snow in the country). More truck than I probably need, in other words. It's pretty cool though, we have great history with Toyota trucks, and it's our kind of high-mileage, long-living, nearly-indestructable vehicle.
So that's what we discovered at the auto show this year, that we still like what we've always liked. We had a good time, and the kids had fun checking out cars. Overall a pretty great way to spend the day when it's 9 degrees out.