Ta-da! Check out the new wheels!
We had discussed getting me a new car this year and well...I got really excited about it and wanted it as soon as it became the new year. For the past 2 weeks I've been test driving cars and negotiating deals. I started at the Hyundai dealership in Round Rock but alas, that one was not meant to be.
Using the fancy chat function for South Point Hyundai I was able to start negotiating on this pretty thing from my dining room table last weekend. Then early this past week I figured out the financing (a three-ring circus since I'm self-employed now), ultimately landing at 2.19% with Bank of America.
Today Ross, Cade and I loaded into the Elantra and went across town to South Point Hyundai to test drive this specific Santa Fe Sport. It totally fit the bill.
During my test driving I found that the Tucson was fun to drive but I couldn't convince myself it would be big enough long term. What if we decided to expand our family, either with another kiddo or another puppy? It would be so tight then. Plus to get the rear AC vents, we had to go fully loaded which I didn't really want because other than the AC vents, the upgrades were things that didn't fall high on my list and that I didn't really want to pay extra for. And in some instances were upgrades that weren't really a "plus" for me, like leather seats that Lexi would scratch to hell. Then I drove the full size Santa Fe but it just felt too big. I'm a little person; I don't need a bus. It of course also cost more and as a bigger vehicle wasn't quite as fuel efficient.
But like Goldilocks I found the SUV that was just right for me.
The Santa Fe Sport is a bit smaller than the regular Santa Fe and does not have third row seating (which I did not want). It does however have rear AC vents standard to keep the wee baby Cade cooler in the hot hot summers. It's also a 5-star safety rating and has decent fuel efficiency. And all that at the base trim so no paying for packages of upgrades I wasn't interested in. As icing on the cake, we wanted tinted windows, again to help combat the Texas summer heat and this one already had that done.
So after a few weeks of internet research, test drives at different dealerships across town and then a short drizzley test drive of this car today we said "SOLD!"
We had some complications with final negotiations and the voice activation on the bluetooth but as you can see from it sitting in my driveway, both were overcome one way or another.
It has such a smooth and quiet drive. The bluetooth works awesomely and the eco-boost ups the MPG but doesn't take much away from the "get-up-and-go". I also like the steering options, specifically the tighter "sport" option. I'm super jazzed about my new mom-mobile and am convinced that since it is a Sport, my cool factor has actually increased with this purchase. Woohoo!