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Post your comments about upcoming wagons (real or concept) below. Thanks for your participation!
Aug 01, 2004 (3:53 pm)
Define great gas mileage? The base Forester, RAV4, or CR-V will manage that.
If those are big hills, try a turbo Forester, which offers ample performance and still reasonable gas mileage. Though it likes a premium fuel diet.
#267 of 305 Brought home my new Saab 9-2X today!
Aug 02, 2004 (7:56 pm)
And I just love her!!! I have pedigree dogs that need transportation fairly often, so the 9-2X is the perfect size to haul them comfortably. I also have a 60-mile-per-day commute to work and I need safety, reliability and comfort. Lastly, I wanted a vehicle that was sporty, peppy, and looked great. The 9-2X fits the bill, and the free oil changes/maintenance and Saab extras completed the sale.
The Pontiac Vibe was my second choice; that's a really neat vehicle! But since I live in a tropical climate with freak storms and slippery roads, I opted for the Saab's extra safety features and all-wheel-drive. Those extras gave me more insurance discounts, too.
Glad the wagons and hatchbacks are making a comeback!!! I'm sick to death of drivers who are encased in SUV's that are clearly too big for them to handle well. I dislike the SUV gas-guzzling quality, too.
Aug 03, 2004 (9:03 am)
Congrats, Julie. I think you're the first owner here on the Town Hall.
#269 of 305 Re: [ateixeira]
Aug 04, 2004 (7:55 pm)
Thanks, Juice! The dealer said I'm the first 9-2X owner south of San Antonio, too, LOL. Ours is the only Saab dealership for 250 miles; Subaru isn't around here, either. I do have a friend who has a Subaru Forester, but she bought it in San Antonio.
I saw a new Lexus wagon on the road today -- not all that impressive and probably costs big bucks! I'm really happy with my car.
Aug 05, 2004 (4:55 am)
Yeah, AWD is probably not the most popular option in Texas! Subies were rare until the turbos started showing up.
Did you see a Lexus IS300 Sportcross? I test drove a sedan the other day with the wife, IMO it's ready for an update.
Aug 05, 2004 (9:06 am)
Now that is one sharp looking 5 door! Subtle changes from the Golf but it looks 10 times better.
Aug 05, 2004 (2:36 pm)
According to Automotive News (8/4) the Jag X-Type Estate will come here in November or so.
You know, a few years back, that really might have meant something to me, but now? Now there's a wagon in need of an update!
On the SportCross (IS300 in general): it should have had some sort of mid-span update in '03 (pony increase, minor cosmetics, etc.); this year at the latest. Now it's just a question of flowing some units until the new IS hits next year. Unfortunately, there probably won't be a wagon, and unfortunately, it'll get bigger.
And Julie? Take it from a 9-2X admirer who owns the Lexus wagon: it's still very impressive from the driver's seat! That's because it's deliciously un-Lexus like to drive!
Have fun with your new toy!
#274 of 305 Re: [ateixeira]
Aug 05, 2004 (4:40 pm)
I'm hoping the AWD will get me through Texas cloudbursts. We can't ever seem to get a gentle rain here -- it won't rain for a month and, then, woosh! Roads flood and folks are hydroplaning. Our roads get really slippery because of the time between downpours -- Lots of oil and buildup on the roads. AWD will help me out there, won't it?
Yeah, the Lexus was rather tired-looking, although it looked to be a reasonably new car. (How funny -- I have the TV on and a Lexus wagon commercial just appeared!) They'll need to update to compete.
Thanks for the good wishes, Wale! I'm positively giddy about having a sporty, roomy, peppy car that doesn't shake or whine, LOL! This is the first brand-new car I've bought in more than a decade.
Aug 09, 2004 (6:19 am)
AWD will help you get up a slippery ramp or driveway, and lends a little extra control driving in the rain.
Good tires will do wonders for braking and handling.
Ideal would be to have both!