Monday Jay and I picked up my new ride at the Subaru dealership, breaking my thirty-five year tradition of Toyota loyalty.
She's a 2015 Subaru Legacy all wheel drive sedan in Carbide Gray, a medium dark gray with strong blue overtones. I love the color, and so far I love the car.
She's not officially named yet, but I'm leaning toward calling her Smokey.
Smokey replaces a fifteen year old Camry, my Y2K car.
I loved my old Camry. Until a month ago I planned on replacing her with another Camry and considered that a no-brainer decision.
In fact, I was just waiting for the 2015 Camry to be available because I didn't like last year's Camry taillights (picture below). They looked like someone chopped a hole in them to insert the 'Camry' name. I figured the hole would get filled in by 2015.
And the hole did get filled in. I like the 2015 Camry from the rear. But the huge grill they put on the front (picture below) is very much not me.
The more I tried to appreciate the front of the 2015 Camry (picture above), the more I realized it wasn't going to happen.
Then my old Camry developed a CLUNK. It was the kind of CLUNK that I knew fixing would cost more money than the car was worth. Car shopping got serious. Since I wasn't over the 2015 Camry grill yet, I did what any woman would do - - I whined to my husband.
Husband Jay was very helpful. He pointed out that when we open the door from the house to the garage we are staring directly at the front grill of my car. He was too nice to say that he didn't want to hear about that Camry grill every time we opened the door, but I'm sure he was thinking it.
He also mentioned that I have friends driving Subarus who love them and Subarus have all wheel drive for Michigan winters.
We took a Subaru Legacy test drive and I was sold.
The Subaru picture (below) was taken from our doorway to the garage. Every time I go out that door, which is often, I appreciate the wisdom and kindness of my husband.
Smokey and Porky (Jay's Explorer) are happy together in the garage.