Today I traded in my sort-of gas guzzling Chevy Blazer. I'm gonna miss the high and dry ride that an SUV with 4 wheel drive gives, but I sure won't miss filling the gas tank, considering the price of gas just shot up to $1.32 here (well, 131.9 but all you non Canadians wouldn't know what that meant). And for those south of the border, I think that works out to about $5 a gallon. It's lots.
The Blazer had a 4.3L V6 engine and although not as bad as some SUVs, it was still a bitch to feed.
Now, I am driving a zippy little 2006 Ford Focus ZX5 SES. It's also an automatic, which is the main reason I bought it. My shoulder didn't take kindly to shifting gears any more (yes, the Chev was a manual transmission, which is my preference... or was, up until recently for obvious reasons). The centre arm rest in this car even flips up out of the way, so I don't have to worry about forgetting and resting my elbow on it, only to be jolted by pain in my shoulder whenever I drive over a bump.
So with the decrease in size of engine (the Ford is a 2.0L 4 cylinder), decrease in gas tank size and decrease in insurance costs, this little thing is a money saver all round!
Plus it's got lots of extras. It's kind of the sporty model Focus. Leather interior, great sounding stereo, heated front seats (winter will never be the same!), sunroof, cruise control, air conditioning and all that stuff.
Tomorrow will be our first highway drive as I am taking a trip to the barn for a visit. Better burn a couple of CDs to take along!
She's the colour of wine... I think I will call her "Merlot".