We like to joke about how, since put the offer in on our house in mid-December, it is the biggest Christmas present we have ever bought for ourselves. Now, half way in between Valentines Day and our Anniversary, we have bought ourselves our biggest Valentines/Anniversary gift ever.
It's a 2014 Mazda CX-5, purchased yesterday from Mazda of Everett, where we got a really, really good deal.
Only had it for an afternoon, but the immediate impressions(my wife test drove one without me) are favorable. Compared to what it is replacing, a 2004 Subaru Impreza, it's just MORE in all categories: longer, wider, taller, faster, better gas milage, quieter, has a fancy backup camera...and yes, more money. However, we bought that Impreza for around 18K almost 9 years ago. With it being paid off, ANY new car payment was going to feel ouchy, and there was no realistic chance of finding a replacement in that price range. The deal we got, combined with what we were putting down, kept payments at less than half our mortgage, which is acceptable to me. I know Dave Ramsey says to not buy new cars, but the deal we got combined with under 2% interest on the loan caused me to justify ignoring that.
Still, it's almost scary the convienience touches even Mazda, which I wouldn't describe as a luxary car maker, is putting in new cars. The back up camera, bluetooth that lets you use buttons on the steering wheel to operate your cell phone, CUP HOLDERS! A cynic might look at all this and just think it's 'more stuff to break'. I'm a cynic, but also wonder how long it will be before the computer tries to kill me for waiting a week tooo long to change the oil.