I think I've decided which car to buy. A Mini Cooper coupe. I drove a couple on Saturday and really liked them. It's the first car I've driven that got me excited. Even the Mustang didn't feel quite like I expected. I thought the Mini would feel more like the Volkswagons I drove, rigid. It can be tighter, there is this sport button that tightens everything up. I'm not sure I'd ever use that. I don't even need the Mini Cooper S. There wasn't that much difference between the turbo and non, so why spend the money. Plus, the S isn't available in this lovely deep metallic red.
I talked to a coworker about his five-year-old mini this morning. He still loves it, has had no problems driving in snow and has had no mechanical issues. Consumer Reports has only tested a convertible and has no data on the coupe.
I said I was going to test drive everything before making up my mind, but now that feels like a lot of extra work. I at least need to go back and drive the Jetta when it isn't storming. I better got to Honda too.
People told me I'd know when I found the right car. I think I know, but I don't want to be totally ruled by emotion. Except, I "built" my car on the website and had to name it to save it. Her name is Grace.