It's time to change vehicles. On our driveway sits a large, impressive pickup truck which, due to its amazing thirst for petroleum, has fallen off my list of fun possessions. It's a nice vehicle to ride in - surprisingly quiet on the highway - but not so nice to drive. It's big, it's very heavy, and it has the agility of an aged hippo with its legs tied together. We wanted one of these things and it's been fun (kind of) to own one - it's done everything we have asked of it and come back for more. But it has to go.
The dilemma is this: what do we replace it with?
The kids are growing; one has left home already and the younger two are mid-teens with diverging interests from our own, which means that we rarely need to carry all of us at one time - for a long time the main criteria for choosing our vehicular possessions. Out here in Canada, big is often regarded as best, and there is no shortage of large, extremely powerful but heavy trucks and SUVs. Now, we no longer need the big car. BUT - and here is the pointy part of the choice, do we treat ourselves to a sporty, fun-to-drive model, or do we instead prioritize fuel economy?
Happily, the field is widened a little by virtue of the fact that 'economical' covers just about every other car out there when compared with our mighty behemoth. Right now I'm trundling around in an old-ish Volvo 850 turbo. Don't be fooled by the maker's name; this is a genuinely quick, agile car despite its boxy shape - and that's why I love it. It's old, looks slow, but goes, as the old English phrase has it: "like snot off a knocker", and handles like "sh*t on a blanket" (think about it). I love driving it but would like to have a similar level of performance without wondering if a breakdown is in my immediate future - hence my desire for a more modern, yet still quick, car.
HOWEVER...I also - at least now - value good fuel consumption, and so the search is on for something which maximises both wishes...although a T5R is lurking on Craigslist like a Great White shark waiting for my wallet to enter the water. Head or heart? Only my wife will decide...wish me well!