Car Talk: I’m Wrong and I Can Say It
A month ago I wrote about buying my first new car with my wonderful wife. I wrote about how it had been a horrible experience up to that point. My article talked about all the nuances of car buying with a female spouse. She had peculiar reasons why she did or didn’t like a vehicle. It drove me crazy I wanted to scream and make her ride a bike everywhere, but alas I realized that my pregnant wife of the future commuting on a bike would make me public enemy number one.
Really I am here to eat my words and do something no self respecting husband wants to say, “Baby, I’m sorry and you were right.” Editors Note: Wait, I say that all the time! You haven’t been married long enough to know your always wrong kiddo. Man, that sucks just typing it, cuts me deep, I’m sure some of my male ancestors just rolled over in their graves. But, its OK I’m an educated 21st century man I can take it. So, what does this all add up to? Well, in a nut shell our new car is the nicest vehicle I have ever personally owned or even driven on a regular basis. What did we buy you ask? To be exact we bought a 2010 Hyundai Tucson GLS AWD. It has Satellite Navigation, Blue Tooth hands free phone, Power everything, 2-tone leather/cloth seats, upgraded wheels and tires. The easier way to describe what our car has is to tell you what we don’t have. We don’t have leather, sunroof, or power heated seats. Other than that we have every option available from Hyundai. It comes standard with a 2.4 Liter 4-cylinder engine coupled to a six speed SHIFTRONIC transmission. We also got the All-Wheel Drive system to help us deal with the Utah winters. Personally, I think it’s ridiculous to buy a front wheel drive SUV, but that’s for a different rant.
What’s it like to own? Obviously, we haven’t owned it too long so the honeymoon stage is still pretty fresh, but in short we both absolutely love it. For us we had a list of criteria that our new car had to meet, if a car didn’t meet a certain criteria we would discuss if it was a necessity or luxury. Our car criteria ranged from having a sunroof and automatic transmission. When we found our car it didn’t have a sun roof so we marked that as a luxury and decided that we could deal with not having one. However, any car without an automatic transmission was immediately DQ’d because my wife assured me she would NOT be trying to shift gears while handing a screaming baby a binky. Luckily for us the Tucson not only met every one of our necessity criteria but we ended up exceeding our luxury criteria as well. Not that my wife cares but we got a 5 year 60,000 mile power train warranty, along with a 10 year 100,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty as well for that all important male piece of mind.
Well, in the end I was wrong, I really fought getting the adult car. I wanted something fast, low, and completely absurd; turns out when I wasn’t looking I turned into a freaking adult. I love the car, it’s comfortable, practical, family oriented, safe, durable, and most importantly my wife loves it. See what I did right there? I went from public enemy number one to every women’s dream. Yeah, I still got it.