Kyle and I have been talking about purchasing a new (at least to us) car, with four doors and four-wheel drive. (We also prefer driving a car with a manual transmission.) We even went looking for a little while down in Denver yesterday.
The reasons we need a new vehicle:
1) We no longer have use of the Jeep, which was our four-wheel drive vehicle. This is pretty necessary, given the pitch of our driveway and how hard it is to navigate when there is a lot of snow on the ground. Sometimes we can't get our cars out of the driveway, even with snow tires.
2) Both his Honda Civic and my Hyundai Accent are two door coupes. Once we're dealing with a carseat, this will be problematic.
3) If we have fellow passengers, it's pretty inconvenient for them to climb into the back seat from the front door.
So now comes the hard part of finding something that will meet our needs and fit into our budget. Let's get one thing straight: I don't want a minivan. I have nothing against people who have them and love them. I can even understand the appeal of the convenience, value, etc. I just don't want one. I would prefer that we get a smaller SUV or some kind of crossover vehicle over a sedan. Kyle refuses to get a Subaru Outback. While it feels like 80% of the Summit County population owns one (again, nothing wrong with that), Kyle doesn't like them and won't buy one.
With that being said, do you have any suggestions for us as we start our search?