What I Want My Next Car To Be
I still love my 2012 Ford Fusion, however that doesn't stop me from thinking about the next AnthonyMobile. So when my car payment is paid off in five years (if I can wait that long), here's what I'm currently thinking about getting at that point.
- Jeep Wrangler/Gladiator - Simply from a financial perspective, the Wrangler is a great deal because it often ranks #1 on lists of vehicles that hold their value the best. From a coolness perspective, it's pretty darn cool. It's the ultimate summer/winter car. It's a convertible, and it's a four-wheel-drive beast. With the new 4 cylinder engine, it even gets decent gas mileage. AND it can be optioned with a manual transmission. What more can you ask for?
- Toyota Prius AWD - I put this next on the list on purpose. One thing that makes the new Wrangler more palatable is the better fuel economy. Combined, it gets 24 MPG, which is pretty darn good. But what about at least 50 MPG? That sounds good to me. Not to mention, the new Prius can be optioned with AWD? Sure, it isn't a convertible like the Wrangler, but you can't say no to the fuel economy. Sure, I'd look cool in a Wrangler, but I would appear to be the most confident person in the world proudly driving a Prius. Right?
- Ford Ranger, or equivalent mid-sized truck - The Ford F150 is the best-selling full-size truck in America. It's also still very big, and I really don't need a truck, because I don't do truck things. That's where the Ford Ranger comes in. I just love the way the new Ranger looks, and with the EcoBoost engine out of the Mustang, it goes fast. Would I settle for a GMC Canyon, a Toyota Tacoma, or a Honda Ridgeline? Yes, but the blue oval always has a special place in my heart.
- Buick Regal TourX, Ford Flex, or equivalent station wagon - When I saw the new Regal TourX, it reactivated my love of the station wagon: the ultimate practical car. SUVs and Crossovers are the hip, trendy practical car of choice for many, but they're mighty expensive. The station wagon is lower to the ground, and its shape allows for maximum cargo capacity. Take the beautiful Ford Flex for example, or my Jeep Patriot. The boxy design it better for cargo and third-row seating. Many SUVs and Crossovers have sloped rear ends, which compromise on comfort and capacity. Just take my word for it, wagons are the real deal. Dodge understood that fact in 2008 with the Magnum, now please buy a wagon so car companies believe me.
- Muscle car of some sort - A Ford Mustang, a Dodge Charger, a Ford Taurus SHO. It doesn't necessarily have to be a pony car. If it's fast, that'll do.
These are the goals, however it's more likely I may have to adjust the budget to something more Honda Fit.