- Oct 30, 2013
- North Carolina
Well, the good thing is that I will not be driving it. I am keeping my toy cars (Ginny and Mr2) So, my wife has been thinking the Outback is "overkill". We have a second kid arriving in about 2 weeks... so it is a weird time to be downsizing but "ok". You don't argue with a pregnant mother of a toddler. She will have no patience with anything you have to offer and my life is now considered expendable. Plus Subaru is running a pregnant lady tv spot that has her hooked and rethinking life choices. The Outback is a good car but it is "big" to her with bad MPG. MPG has been semi-horrible this winter (22.5 right now) as she drives it about 15-20 miles a day straight through downtown traffic in the mountains (really kills MPG). Heck, the Ginny is getting 22.8 and that is with me thrashing it (but I drive a bit more reasonably in the winter) She does not really take the interstate that often so a Hybrid is a good choice that keeps coming back up as she needs city MPG. We rarely "need" all the space allotted but we do use a BOB running stroller and have a Hound. So decent cargo area is a big deal. It has to be big enough without overdoing it. She likes hatchbacks/wagons but is nearly pathologically against blocking rear viability, so often there is a lot of wasted space with the wagon. The other thing that is on her mind is that for long trips, we have been defaulting and using the Genesis, not the Outback. I personally find the Outbacks seats to be quite uncomfortable (hip injury after we purchased the car). I loved my 99 OB, but the 2014 is now uncomfortable for me for anything over an hour. My Genesis/MR2, not an issue and I think I need a "firm/harder" seat. The biggest thinking going for the Outback is that I am coded as "essential" personnel. Thus, I report to work in the rain, snow, molten lava flow. So AWD is somewhat useful. Anyway, she suggested to go car shopping this weekend (yay) and with my "I never stop internet browsing" so it was awesome. We check out a Lexus CT200H (way too small) and Prius V (liked it but it was too old/well used, but she liked the space). Not sure she want to go used (maybe a lightly touched 2017, but the V's MPG is not stellar for her) Her co-worker has a Prius Prime which she does NOT like. The "soft" hybrid such as the Highlander/RAV4 are out. She is looking for the 45mpg+ and above 50mps the better. Then we stopped by the Chevy dealership. The Volt/Bolt was too small as well. Really, the Volt was too small in the rear (strange that it feels about as cramped in the back as my Gen Coupe with the same storage space). The Bolt was too expensive and slightly too small. She is worried that the 240mi range is not quite able to get her to/from her parents house in a very rural area of Appalachia. Next was the Kia dealership as I think she saw a Niro "small SUV" like hybrid but after looking it over, she said "nope". It was a hard no too. Don't know why (I thought she was leaning towards that) but go figure. Finally, the Hyundai Dealership. She likes the Ioniq. I already knew that she liked it since a car-show back in January but I think she really liked it. She said she has been thinking about it now, not sure about the timing but thinking out it (which is kinda a "buy now?" comment in her book (which she never thinks about cars). I still want to get her in front of the Camry/Malibu hybrid, but I think that will be a tough sell (having a trunk) as they cost more and get less MPG. She does not like the CMAX and the plug-in Pacifica is out as it is a BelowPAR on my list of banned makes. No FCA for me. Her previous cars have been: Ford Explorer, Ford Explorer, Honda Fit, and the Subaru Outback. For her, viability is #1 and then MPG is #2. Space is #3 with maneuverability (aka parking) #4. I am actually surprised that the "Outback" has been kinda "meh" for her. She loved my old '99 and I thought the Outback would be a return to form for her SUV background. I *think* she has been missing the Fit and that 22-23mpg isn't helping her thinking. We are fairly tall (6'3" and 5'9") but thin (runners) and have a 3yo and a infant pending. So "folding up" into a small car is not as big of a deal. Normally it is leg room that is key as I am actually shorter than the Mrs when I sit down (height in my legs). We are looking at it that the kids *should* be fine for the next 10 years without an issue for sizing. So, is there anything else we should be looking at? The germans are out. I kinda dig the i3 but she hates it. The Kia Soul EV was decent but she just can't do the pure electric thing. Maybe the Fusion Hybrid? I think the Trunk might be too small. 12cuft might not do it despite a decent back seat. I need to get her back on the car lots if she is thinking cars again. When she went from the Explorer to Fit (in 2009) it was kinda a shocker. The Outback was me chasing her a car because she always wanted a Subaru (and she liked my winter car). Dang, it almost looks like two Hyundais and I would have never thought that would ever happen. Me, sure, brand doesn not matter and I like to be a quirky collector of non-selling sports cars but the Mrs is about as mainstream as it gets. I keep thinking to wait for the plug-in hybrids to make it to *this* market a bit better as there are only a few around.