Friday, June 18, 2010

What Kind of New Car Should I Buy?

The Kia Soul is "a new way to roll" - so say the adverts for the car: at first I wasn't too crazy about "box" cars, but now that I'm seeing more of them around, they're cool. (I still have trouble accepting the little Mercedes "smart" car!)

I'm looking for a new car, weighing all the options. Should I go with a good high miles-per-gallon traditional vehicle or wait until carmakers like Kia offer hybrid models? In doing research, many of the hybrids have MPGs in nearly the same range as conventional vehicles. What kind of saving is that? Right now I have a nice car that gets 32mpg. I wouldn't think of trading it in for one of those dinky Suzukis that get an advertised 27mpg.

Back to the Kia Soul, which has "substance" to it - I test drove one the weekend before last and really liked the way it handled, you know: the "feel" behind the wheel. Kia Soul is also right in that coveted 30mpg zone... along with Mitsubishi Lancer. The Mazda Mazda3 is a great looker with just a few miles per gallon less on the highway than the others.

My friend Bob is more into comfort and luxury, less concerned about the price at the pumps, so he's hot to trot over the Maserati Gran Turismo, an awesome vehicle (and of course Bob will be attaching his Ham Radio antenna and other miscellaneous equipment like fog lights and those deer-whistle-thingies to it) to behold!

I'm tempted to go back to the dealership and take another look at the Kia Soul. I know I can get good financing, adnit looks like BP and the other oil barons don't dare raise the price of gasoline now that the cat is out of the bag that "there's plenty of oil in them thar hills" (and oceans!)
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