For the past 20 years, we’ve leased all of our vehicles. It’s just been more practical as well as financially feasible, considering we don’t ever drive all that far over the course of a three or four-year period (the length of a typical lease). Over those years, we’ve had the following:
- 2000 Ford Ranger
- 2003 Subaru Forester
- 2006 Jeep Compass
- 2010 Subaru Forester
- 2013 GMC Terrain
- 2016 Ford Edge
With the exception of the Ranger, they’ve all been SUV’s of the mid-size or ‘crossover’ variety. It was while we had the Ranger that we figured out that we needed something that was like the truck, but was a bit better for transporting people and things. (more things than people as we rarely have company that we need to take from Point A to B) Every lease we swapped choices. I chose the 2003 Forester, my wife picked the Compass, though we discovered that was a poor choice, as it was a very new model of Jeep and the frame was very stiff, it didn’t take a bump very well in the road. The second Forester was sort of a toss-up as I recall, we were looking for a vehicle and our lease on the Compass was coming up pretty quickly. After looking at different SUVs, we happened to be at a satellite lot of the dealer that we’ve been using, and they didn’t have the ‘one’ we were looking for. The one we ended up with was ‘close’ and the sales guy sort of talked my wife into leasing it, because he didn’t want to look for anything that wasn’t on his lot. If he had to ‘share’ his commission with someone else at another dealership, well he wasn’t really interested in that. He threw in a few bells and whistles, made it amenable for us to drive it off the lot that evening. We went to Red Lobster, had dinner and by the time we got back, we dropped off the Compass and drove the Forester home.
The last two vehicles have been my choice. I think my wife got tired of choosing, to be perfectly honest. I spend a good amount of time looking at vehicles, can read the technical aspects and for the most part understand them and I do the lion’s share of the driving. She really only has a few preferences that she wants each vehicle to have. So long as they have a moon roof or sunroof, heated seats, and they’re comfortable for riding, she’s happy. When she’s happy, I’m happy. Me? I like to have a good sound system, rides well, a back-up camera and the ability to interface with my phone. I have had an ongoing subscription to Sirius XM radio since we had the Terrain, so I expect any vehicle we get to have that, so I can just transfer the subscription. I don’t need a nav system installed as I have a Garmin GPS, and that can be plugged into the 12V port.
I’ve been looking into different vehicles for the last couple weeks and have my preferences narrowed down a bit. I’m not looking for a brand that I’ve had previously, although Subaru has come out with a new model called the Ascent. It’s a little larger than the Forester, and I’d be very interested to take one for a test drive. It’s been 3 years since I’ve checked out new vehicles and I’m itching a little to try out the new doodads that have been coming out tech-wise.