Car – But I don’t want a car- Shopping Part 2: Toyota

I am a Toyota girl at heart. My first car was a Corolla. Then I had a 2nd Corolla – a stickshift that I didn’t last very long in. I can drive a manual, but I’m not good at it. My mom drove a Camry for years. My Grandma has a Highlander. I had a Previa (minivan before Sienna) for a long while, and now I’ve had my Sienna for 9 years. I’ve also had a Volvo, Mercury, Chevy, Suzuki, and Buick. I’ve also been married to a Pontiac and a Hyundai.

So, the hubs and I took an afternoon and went to the Toyota dealership here in town and took a look at our options. Gah. It seems that I *may* be in my last Toyota! First of all, vehicles are getting bigger (wider, taller, longer) but somehow the interior space is getting smaller. **If you didn’t read Car -But I don’t want a car- Shopping Part 1: Tesla, then, let me tell ya, Hubs is tall. 6’10”. And I’m fat. And our kids are super tall. We may never find a new vehicle!**  We can’t afford to lose any interior space.

Highlander -I really wanted a Highlander with a 3rd row, so that’s kind of where we started. We looked at a 2016. We fit good in it – ish. The only reason Hubs fit in the passenger seat was because it had a sunroof, so his head was up in the cutout. If he laid the seat back a little bit, it was better. My problem with the 3rd row, is there is no way anyone could make it to the 3rd row! If you’re in the seats, you have to sit criss-crossed Indian style, because there is no leg drop. The seat and the floor are level. So, of course that would rule out most adults. And because my kids (especially my daughter) are adult sized, that rules them out too.  Since we are a glutton for punishment, we also took a look at the 2018 3rd row Highlanders. Somewhere between the ’16 & ’18, they lost another inch or inch and a half of headroom, because Hubs neck was at a 45 degree angle to be able to sit. So, no Highlander for us! Note: He looked up the specifications when we got home. They are the exact same. But, there is a difference. So…..

Prius V – I actually really liked the Prius. I think if I could get over the stereotype douche who drives a Prius, it could be great. It’s a hybrid, but doesn’t plug in so it uses gas all the time. I think. So, an eco? I understand battery electric, I understand battery/gas hybrids, but I don’t understand gas hybrids. There is no plugging in the Prius, so there isn’t that added expense of having a charging station installed at your house. Hubs *almost* fit in it good. But, not quite. He would be able to drive short distances, but he’d be hurting if we drove for long.

Sienna – The Sienna I have now is an 8 passenger 2008. We looked at a used 2016 while we were at the dealership. We wanted to look at the 2018, but there were none on the front lot, and I think the salesman we were working with was lazy, cause he made a couple of comments how we’d have to “go to the back lot” if that’s “really what we wanted”. Not really. Not with you, mother-fucker. ha…  I liked the 2016 that we looked at. We all fit. Hubs has zero issues with headroom, there’s the 3rd row that I’m wanting (even though, we really don’t really need it. Maybe.). I got all the way in the back, and I could tell that it wasn’t as wide as my van. That it’s about 2 inches slimmer in the interior. The middle row had a middle seat jump seat that popped in and out. But, I don’t know why. That thing was the size of my thighs. I didn’t love this van like I love my van. Like I loved my van the first time I sat in it. It was okay and functional (which, may be our only criteria moving forward) but it didn’t wow me.

Sequoia –  Hubs is 100% against big fat SUV’s. If I end up with one, it will be because we happened to find something that fit all of us that we agreed on. Read: I’m never gonna have an SUV. The Sequoia is my dream car. True Story! That and a Suburban (and recently added: The Model X). Hubs has always told me that it has no interior room. I really didn’t believe him. But, to humor me, he sat in a big honking take up 2 spaces Sequoia on the lot before we  left. He didn’t fit. HE DIDN’T FUCKING FIT! He was all sorts of bent over in the neck. Like, his ears were almost touching his shoulders. I couldn’t believe it. Because of that, I didn’t even sit in it. I should have just to say I have. But, now I know I’ll never be having one. Ever. Bah.

 

Every one of the vehicles that we looked at would have worked out a lot better for us, if only the passenger seat was height adjustable. I mean, really. When you get in a vehicle, you raise and lower the driver seat when you push it front and back. None of the Toyota models we looked at had that option for the passenger seats. And, according to the car salesman dude, none do. So, we’re still on the hunt.

 

 

 

Car -But I don’t want a car- Shopping Part 1: Tesla

My van is, while not on it’s last legs, getting close to retirement.  I drive the van hard. It’s a 35 minute drive to get the kids to school every morning and again when I go pick them up. I drive quite a bit, and with 2 trips this summer: Texas to visit family and Florida with a stop at Disney World, by the time school starts back in August we’re going to be close to needing a new something. Our main issue, honestly, is space. Hubby is 6’10”, and although cars are getting bigger, interior room is getting smaller. On the other side of that, I’m fat, so I need something that is going to fit me well too. Especially since I’ll be the one primarily driving it, but he’s going to have to be able to ride in it without cocking his neck at a 45° angle! Add that to the fact that I love big honking cars like the Toyota Sequoia – my damn dream vehicle- and he loves the idea of getting a fully electric or hybrid car, We are battling it out for MY next car.

He already has a reservation for a Tesla Model 3, but it’ll still be late 2018/early 2019/early 2050 before his name pops up. He is so excited about the idea of this damn car. Since Tesla has a store in Cool Springs (just outside of Nashville for you non-Tennessean folks), we went to check them out.

Tesla Store

His job is the specifications. I just sit and feel. The store has a Model S that we set up an appointment to test drive. The Model 3 is supposed to have 2.5inches (I think, again he’s the specifications man) more headroom than the Model S, but we figured we’d get an idea before his heart was too set on it. Our sons car seat was too wide for the back seats of the Model S. Granted he won’t be in a car seat much longer, but that still worries me. Especially if we end up with a Model 3 as our family daily driver instead of getting me a new van. Well, because he wouldn’t fit, the guy at Tesla gave us the option of me taking it out then hubby taking it or test driving the Model X. Uh, hell yes.

The Model X

Ya’ll.. This car! Oh this car. It is my dream car. As we’re driving and the dude is explaining how all the functions work on the touchscreen monitor,

Screen

I am in heaven. My real regret is that it was an overcast day, and I didn’t get to enjoy the sun with the wrap around windows! It is crazy. My kids loved the x-wing doors. Those kind of make me nervous, cause if I showed up at car pick up line with some x-wing doors, would that make me seem like a douche? I’m so willing to be the douche. Ha..

WhiteX

Seriously, I fit great in this car. I had no issues with the seatbelt catching or the steering wheel being too low or close to my belly. And hubby could not only sit in the passenger seat comfortably, because of the skylight x-wing doors, he could even sit in the 2nd row with a kid. I don’t think there is any way that me or him could make it back to the 3rd row, but both of the kids took turns sitting back there and The Boy’s car seat fit in the model x, so the seats are wider than the Model 3.

I knew the car was out of our price range. It starts around $80,000 and that is just too much for us to justify. Then, as I’m driving the car down the interstate, right there on      I-65, dude tells me the one we’re driving is closer to $166,000. WHAT?!?! Get me the fuck outta this thing. It was fantastic, but then I got nervous. And since then, I’ve all sorts of justified in my head why I need an $80,000 car! That is hands down my dream car. Too bad we bought our dream house 3 years ago and can’t afford both. hahaha. That is honestly a true story.

To make me feel better, I got this from Hubby for Valentines Day:

Hot Wheels Tesla

Until I win the lottery, it will just have to do!