Go Big or Go Home


This is crazy. I know it’s crazy. It’s crazy but I think I’m going to do it anyway.

I’m going to buy a new car.

Why is that crazy? I’ll tell you why.

1. I’m getting ready to buy a new house. In fact, just yesterday I wrote about how change is good/scary/exciting/emotional. That’s a lot of change. And a car too?

2. I drive an awesome-mobile. It’s a 2009 Ford Flex that I bought because my dad works at Ford and got me a sweet deal on this ride. It was expensive but with 0% financing, it was a GREAT deal.

So why am I considering trading in my car for something new?

Two words: GAS MILEAGE.

The Ford Flex actually gets decent gas mileage for its size. I’d say it’s about 18/26 mpg. That’s a heck of a lot better than a lot of cars out there that offer the same size and functionality. It’s got three rows of seating and every option imaginable, including a mini fridge in the back. Yes, I’m serious.

But the idea of becoming more efficient: with fuel, with money, with space is just so appealing. And so here’s what I plan to do.

Buy this car.

It’s a 2012 Prius v. It’s a hybrid. I know. Me – a Republican – buying a hybrid car. Am I becoming a liberal?

(that’s totally a joke)

But we ran the numbers and came up with this…

  • With my trade-in, my car payment would be cheaper by $200 every month (even though it would extend the length I’m paying)
  • With the reduced gas spending, I’d reduce fuel costs by $140 every month

So at a time when I should be thinking about conserving because we’re buying a mega-house in a much more expensive market, I’m gearing up to buy a new car.

I have to admit that I’m kicking myself for not test driving the Prius v when I went to visit Toyota in California. The line was long-ish and I didn’t think I would be seriously buying a new car anytime soon. But I did test drive a Prius and liked it. I didn’t LOVE it. But I liked it. I think I would just have to adjust. I know I would certainly adjust to the cost difference at the pump.

Me, admiring the gas mileage

While I didn’t test drive the Prius v, I needed to take a second look so we went past a local dealership yesterday. I have to admit that Michael Lee at Fred Anderson Toyota really knew his stuff. He knew I was only looking and he knew everything about the Prius right down to the difference in inches between the Prius and Prius v.

More importantly, I asked him what he drove. I mean, if you’re selling something to me, I need to know you believe in your brand. He informed me he drives a Toyota Yaris for commuting and his wife drives a Toyota Camry. I guess he eats his own dogfood (that an annoying marketing buzz term).

So there it is. If all goes as planned, you might see me hawking my Toyota hybrid in the very near future.

Disclosure: I was selected for participation in the TWIN community through a program with Clever Girls Collective. I did not receive any compensation for writing this post, or payment in exchange for participating. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and do not reflect the views of the Toyota.

  • Deanna

    I bought a used 2008 Prius last year.  I LOVE it!  I have two boys that go from football, to basketball, to track, to baseball every year.  And I don’t like to miss any of their games.  So, I put a lot of miles on my car.  I get around 42 mpg in the winter and 48 mpg in the summer.  I also think it’s a fun car to drive.  And it’s hysterical when you come to a stop somewhere and everyone thinks your car died because it doesn’t make any noise.  I love to see their faces when I just drive off without my little car making a sound.  

    • FadraN

      Deanna – I never thought I’d like it. I thought it was too small. But now I’m wondering why I really need all that space for mostly me and a 5 year old!!

  • sailwawasee

    “Me – a Republican – buying a hybrid car. Am I becoming a liberal?” This cracked me up!!!
    With gas approaching $5/gallon in Chicago, you may be seeing the positive effects this summer. Gotta love the smell of a new car. 

    • FadraN

      And I’m moving to an area with higher gas prices!

  • Melisa

    So funny…that is the SAME CAR I am looking at. We saw it at the car show in March and I even loaded up the stroller in it and Tim adjusted the seats and just sat in it for the longest time We both were mighty impressed. I know my Volvo is a totally gas hog and with the inlaw’s being so close very soon, it is inevitable I will be driving more now than before. 

    • FadraN

      You HAVE to buy it. We’ll be car twins!! I’m about 95% certain at this point and even have my colors picked out :)

  • http://dlc.net Dana Coe

    I once had a Toyota that got 42 mpg.
    It was my ’78 Corolla.

    • FadraN

      That’s what I keep saying. They don’t make cars like they used to.

  • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

    Welcome to the Toyota family if you do get it! :P Now you know – it’s not just us hippie Californians who want to drive these things. hehehe. 

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