So, the other day Emily got this thing in the mail from Ford a few days ago saying her car was in high demand and that they'd give her "all the money" (paraphrase) if she'd sell her Fiesta back to them. I went with her to test that offer this morning.
Of course, the Ford peeps talked her into test driving a Focus, which was pretty terrible. The thing she hates about the Fiesta has to do with the way it accelerates, and all the Fords in that range work the same way in that department. So, she asked for cash and suddenly her car wasn't so valuable.
We drove straight to a Toyota dealership, where we waited 25 minutes for the dude to bring a car around. What Emily thought was her dream car (a Prius C) turned out to be even WORSE than the Ford stuff! No get-up-and-go, and the EV mode was crap. I figured it'd give you more tork off the line, but it actually shuts itself off when you punch it, whining about "excessive acceleration."
Lastly, we hit up the Fiat dealer so she could take a swing at the 500L. Although it was bigger than she'd expected, she loved the way it drives. It's actually really spacious and has some sweet features going on.
So... now that's her car! They offered a reasonable enough trade-in for the Fiesta to make it work. So now Emily, lover of brightly-colored tiny cars, is driving a "mocha latte" SUV! I guess the world is full of surprises!
Also, we didn't get home from all this until nearly 8pm.
I'll do my editing tomorrow.