The volvo died. Such is the hazard of driving a fifteen year old car with 250,000km on it, and clearly we knew it was quickly coming to the end of it’s life with us, since I had planned to buy a new car this year. So when it stopped starting, a strange paradox, it was time to retire a well used (well loved) car. As D puts it, “It doesn’t owe us anything.”
Although we have been ‘car shopping’ for the better part of a year, now we had to actually go car shopping. And pick something. And pay for it. We ended up deciding on a 2011 Kia Sorento. Even though I really couldn’t make my mind up on any car, and thusly was iffy about our choice, I have to say, after driving it for the last few days, I really like it. It feels big, but it has the same foot print (and trunk size) as the old volvo station wagon; it is much more comfortable to be in, with it’s heated seats and ample leg room, even in the back. The audio system is pretty nice, D likes the bluetooth that comes standard, and I love listening to his conversations through the stereo, but at least we won’t be getting and talk and drive related tickets; I’m a big fan of the satellite radio and being able to control my iPod from the console. Finally, it looks nice without being as expensive as other American or European midsize SUVs, right up my alley there.
So without sounding like a Kia commercial, I like it. Plus driving a car off the lot that has seven kilometers on it is pretty damn cool.