Well, life changes fast. My wife surprised me on our short vacation in San Francisco and told me that I'm going to be a father. The lease is up on the Golf R at the end of the year and obviously the Miata has got to go. Her mother visits us for 2 - 4 months of the year and we recently adopted a dog, so needless to say, we are going to need to go bigger. This is a bit nerve wracking, but also exciting: it's not often you get this many life changes, including picking two new cars, all at once!
Needs or requirements:
1. Comfortably seat 4.
2. AWD preferred for the Mrs.
3. Wife has a strong anti-German stance.
4. Wife hates SUVs.
5. Manuel is okay, but she prefers automagic.
6. No more than $100k CAD combined.
7. Wife would like her car to be in the same realm of acceleration as the Golf R or her old ATS 2.0T, but more quiet.
8. Mother-in-law is 70, so rear seating comfort is a concern.
9. I personally would like to avoid GM for the crap they pulled with taking our bailout money and then shuttering the plant in my hometown.
10. Her car must have an interior colour that is not black.
1. She likes the styling on Volvos and Alfas.
2. She really liked having a heated steering wheel.
3. Our commutes are relatively short (30 km one way for me, 18 km one way for her).
4. Elementary school is ~350 m from our house.
Combinations I have thought of off the top of my head:
His: Civic Type-R, Veloster N, STI, new Charger 392 with Dynamics package, used Charger Hellcat, 2011+ Lexus IS-F, Stringer GT2
Hers: V60 Inscription, CPO Giulia Ti, Genesis G80 V8, Mazda 6 Signature, CPO Panamera 4S
Comments: Through work or family members I can get anything from Honda, Hyundai, Ford, GM or Mercedes on employee or supplier pricing, but it's definitely not a deciding factor. Having not awful re-sale value would be nice as I was in talks to take an expat role at our German head office in a few years time.