Mike’s New Car


This was our view yesterday, as we left the Subaru dealership, saying goodbye to Mike’s “Green Hornet” for the last time.

From 2011 Subaru Outback

Mike’s old car, a Saturn, was clocking in at 8 years. Not old in car terms, but it was starting to need service (new struts, cracked windshield, unreliable AC) and didn’t have the biggest back seat in the world. We had talked offhand about maybe his next car would be a more family-sized car for both of us to use (I didn’t like driving the Saturn particularly). I’d been googling around for a few months and looked more intently the last couple weeks, after sitting in Jimmy’s new Nissan and being like OOOOH AHHHH.

Last weekend and this, we went to (a lot) of car dealerships to sit in and test drive different wagon/small SUV type cars. (Although, small SUVs seem to be smaller than wagons. Go figure.) We sat in/tried the Subaru Outback, the Toyota Rav 4, the Toyota Venza, the Honda CRV, the Ford Edge, the Mazda CX-7, the Hyundai Tuscon (well, in that case we were looking for the Hyundai Elantra Touring, but the dealer didn’t have any). Some fancy creature comforts we were looking for: moonroof, nice audio system with USB for iPod/iPhone, power windows, power adjustable driver seat, rear-view camera. Each car had different combos and we kept coming back to the Subaru, especially since it had the roof rack included.

From 2011 Subaru Outback

I spent some time perusing inventory in the local dealers and up in OC, since I knew we would be up in OC for Labor Day. The Irvine dealer had one in a color we liked, with specs we wanted (sans fancy sound system). He offered me $200 over invoice, I negotiated to include the “Media Hub” (USB/iPhone) in that price. SOLD.

Internewts, welcome our shiny new wagon:

From 2011 Subaru Outback

Mike is very excited because it has a keyless entry system, something his Saturn did not enjoy:

From 2011 Subaru Outback

It is nice and roomy in the front:

From 2011 Subaru Outback

We have cloth seats (we ultimately decided we really didn’t want leather, despite many people telling us that they preferred it) with butt warmers! It also has bluetooth phone connect, yay? I dunno, I never talk on my phone in the car anyways. I have one of those ear buds that dies because I never use it.

Here is a better picture (with Mike’s knee, you’ll see why in a minute) of the dash:

From 2011 Subaru Outback

The back seat is amazingly roomy and comfy!

From 2011 Subaru Outback

And. The back seats recline. RECLINE, PEOPLE.

From 2011 Subaru Outback

(Yes, that’s me looking cheesy while reclining. IN THE BACK.)

The trunk is also nice and spacious.

From 2011 Subaru Outback

See? Super spacious.

From 2011 Subaru Outback

The back seats fold down flat and it is basically almost big enough to be a bed.

From 2011 Subaru Outback

I don’t need those toes, anyways.

There is the lovely moonroof:

From 2011 Subaru Outback
From 2011 Subaru Outback

(See, I told you why you’d see why his knee was in that earlier shot)

And a backup camera–IN the rear view mirror. OH YEAH.

From 2011 Subaru Outback

In sum, here is a silly shot of me pretending to drive:

From 2011 Subaru Outback

And Mike actually driving his shiny new wheels:

From 2011 Subaru Outback

Ooooh yeeaaaah.

(I tagged this eco-friendly because it’s a PZEV car. And the Subaru plant produces like, no waste and is a wildlife refuge in the surrounding areas.)


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