My van just hit 150,000 miles. Although I plan on keeping it another 50,000 miles (unless it needs another transmission), we had some time and thought it would be fun to peek in new cars.
My problem is that I'd love to drive something small and zippy and fun. Problem is that I have too many people to drive around. And too many demands, other than "what you love" and "what you can afford", which is what my husband received when he was car shopping. Like four other people, and long legs in the back seat (eventually) and curtains. Lots and lots of curtains. Oh, and groceries to help grow the long legs.
We started by looking at the fun, adorable car that I would have driven away with that day if I'd had my way (not really, I promise, but oh boy, I sat in it awhile). Then we looked at a car a little larger. Then a little larger. Then larger still. Then, oh, hey, let's look at the biggest vehicle on the lot! Lovely! I will park at the edge of town and walk the rest of the way, because I can't park it any closer without running into something!
Gah. Three kids. Car that will last 10 years (through the teenage years- oh heavens.). That I can park. That I can afford. Non-existent.
Listen up, car manufacturers -- you have about three years. Get to work. Make it happen.