So we got to thinking about our cars.
Hubby has his cherished BMW coupe that he claims he'll keep for a long time. (If you know us at all, you know why I am laughing right now.) I have been leasing the 2012 Honda CRV, which I love by the way and assumed it would be our family vehicle. So much so that we were discussing buying out the lease so we could start paying it off in hopes of keeping it for a long time. (Again, insert laugh here.) At the moment when I was about to finalize the paperwork for the buy out, hubby decided to throw a curve ball. "Is this really big enough for us, 2 or 3 kids and all their shit, especially if we keep doing weekends away, and hiking?"
Thanks Hubby. Here I was perfectly fine, buying out the lease and keeping my car. Ignoring the fact that our last week away up in VT, we had to put the back seats down to accommodate OUR stuff, never mind adding a few more little people into the equation.
So we started thinking about what's most important to us, and how much space do we think we need. Well a third row would be most helpful. But we'll need space even with the third row in use. I like having my bluetooth phone connectivity, so that was a must. I love having my navigation in the dash, so I'd hope to keep that. I love my heated seats because my ass is always freezing. Leather would be easier to wipe down than cloth with kids.
As you can see, our list kept growing. Thus we began our search for a vehicle that gave us all that, plus a payment we could live with. Here's what we found.
1. 2013 Honda Pilot Touring
2. 2014 Nissan Pathfinder
3. 2012 Mazda CX-9
4. Used Nissan Armada
5. 2013 Honda Odyssey - We have a winner!
We were convinced we wouldn't ever get a minivan, but let me tell you, this thing is so nice! I was afraid it wouldn't get out of it's own way, but that thing can haul. Never mind all the little gadgets that it comes standard with. Cooled compartment for drinks, stow away third row, removable seats including the center seat, leather, heated seats, rear camera, auto doors, built in rear mirror to see the passengers, the list is endless. So overall, this just seemed like the best choice for us, and our hopeful future.
Is it silly to buy a minivan for baby #1, 3 months prior to their arrival? Probably. But at least we can start paying it off now, and have it for when we really need it. And to be honest, we do so many family outings, that having a car that can fit 8, will no doubt come in handy now.
Here she is!