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Good vs Evil - Buying a New Car | eciov
We received an email a few days ago from Dave Britton at McDonald Hyundai (Littleton, CO) saying that they wanted to sell my Sonata to a customer who couldn’t afford a new car. While I never saw it in writing, he specifically mentioned that we could continue the terms of our current lease in a newer Sonata. That sounded cool, so I took the bait, and visited the dealer to check out our options. Finding a mommy car While talking to Dave, I mentioned that we were interested in moving to a mommy car so that we could be ready for kids whenever that happens (don’t get too excited, Mom). I realize now that he ran with this topic — we never discussed the Sonata — because he hoped to take advantage of a young, inexperienced car buyer. Unfortunately for him… I’m anything but that. We talked for a while, and I mentioned that I didn’t think Hyundai had anything in their inventory that would really fit my mommy car requirements. Obviously, safety is number one, but there are many things to consider in a good mommy car: All-wheel drive — Laura hates driving in the snow. Good crash ratings — every dealer says that they’re best in class but I recommend checking out the IIHS ratings. Leather seats — tell me that cleaning up after a kid is easy with cloth seats… nope. Handling — a good way to check this is by looking up the skidpad g rating for the car; the higher the better. Gas mileage — ideally, I was looking to keep the average MPG close to my Sonata’s 29 (my personal average). Space — Laura and I both are concerned about space: she wants it for carting around mommy stuff; I want friends to be comfortable in the back seat. To me, everything else is gravy. I never expected to find a vehicle (car, SUV, crossover, wagon, etc.) that maximizes all of those requirements. I definitely didn’t think that Hyundai had it. That magical blend of awesomeness does exist, but it’s not a Hyundai. Testing out the Tucson Dave suggested the Hyundai Tucson. He explained that it had all-wheel drive as an option, good crash ratings, good handling, good gas mileage and plenty of space. After looking into it, I agreed with him on everything but the gas mileage. I highly recommend the government’s fuel economy website to get the latest and most accurate MPG available for any car. After doing a bit of research, I found that the Hyundai Tucson didn’t even come close to the Hyundai Sonata in average MPG — no surprise. Even still, I took the Tucson for a spin and felt like it would be a good mommy car. I even had Laura come over to the dealership to try it. It seemed to fit all of her mommy car desires, but I couldn’t get over the MPG. There had to be something else out there that would get closer to the …