Last weekend I went vehicle shopping, but since then, I have been very sick (and have gotten sicker being allergic to my meds). I have only been going to doctor visits in my new car with two stops to take a few photos. Sorry for the longer delays on GWGT. So how about car shopping… It was fun.
It became a rather moving moment since I have been a loyal Jeep owner since my teens, eventually owning the top-of-the-line Jeep Overland that I bought new in 2007. The Overland has luxury, yet is a heavy-duty, hard-working Jeep in the family of a 75 year Jeep line. But after 10 years of loving my Jeep, it was time to scale down and sell my reliable old friend.
So what did I replace it with? Surprisingly, a Subaru Forester 2.0XT. Subaru really is a fun car to drive. I first test drove the Forester Limited, a capable little car.
My 4×4 Jeep had a V8 Hemi engine with loads of power when needed and I knew it would be hard to get similar power in a small crossover vehicle.
What was great about the Overland in 2007 was it really was pretty good on gas at over 26 miles highway and 18 miles in the city. The Hemi backed off to a V6 or V4 with a Multi-Displacement System-cylinder deactivation (new Chrysler technology in 2005). The Quadra trac II, 4-wheel drive became rear wheel drive most of the time (like a RWD with a power-assist front axle), only dedicating power to wheels when needed. The Overland was a complex vehicle with all the new technology. Do I lose technology in the Subaru? No, it has its bells and whistles too.
So how was my first Subaru test drive? Not as bad as I expected. The car actually had some pep when blending into fast-moving traffic from a highway on-ramp. It has Symmetrical AWD all the time, which surprised me. The Subaru symmetry is supposedly very efficient and puts power down to all four wheels all the time for maximum traction, balance and control. Winters here will tell me if all the hoopla of not getting stuck is true. Can this small, all-wheel drive SUV handle the worst winter can dish out? Sure to find out.
Funny … my husband opened the rear hatch and the first thing he said was I could still get in my bags of “top soil”. He was thinking of me…
Being silver, my biggest fear is not finding it in a sea of silver SUVs in a parking lot. I wanted green, but this model did not come in green.
I have to admit, the Subaru had me almost laughing my head off though. When I put the petal down on the Limited for that quick burst of speed, the car let me know I was asking it to accelerate. It responded with ” rrrrrrrrrrr, vroom, vroom, vroom”. I all but lost it laughing. It was like it was telling me, “Look at me go, I am really speedy.”
After I got back to the dealership, I knew this would happen every time I did highway driving. My husband was along on the ride and started laughing at it too. It was hysterical. Vroom, vroom, vroom, just like in the cartoons.
So now what? I told the salesmen that I was hoping for a bit more power and he suggested the XT, a turbo-charged Subaru. My husband and I snickered a bit imagining a sports-car Subaru. I owned a Nissan Turbo 300 ZX, 50th Anniversary car (shown below when I first got it) which I sold ten years ago (I also had a Jeep in the garage too).
The Nissan was really fast, so again all I could wonder was how quick was a Subaru?
To my surprise, the XT was a speedy little car, very capable of highway driving, and best of all, no vroom, vroom, vroom.
But, you would think this was the end of the cartoon saga. Nope. My husband opened the hood and the quiet engine sounded like hamsters on a wheel, little feet clicking along. Again we looked at each other and had a laugh. You can bet I won’t be opening the hood much. Those old cartoons really looked to reality to make us laugh.
I know I like this car, but I doubt I will ever feel the same rush as in my Jeep. Both vehicles have a cult following, but the Jeep made me feel like I owned the road in every weather condition it faced. Maybe someday I will join the “Subie” cult after it sees its first snow. On Friday, my Subaru took plants to our garden club’s perennial sale. It certainly did not take very long for it to haul plants, just like my Jeep!