Last week I was driving very clean graphite 2011 Mazda 3 2.5L hatch with tinted windows that I was incredibly happy with it. This week, thanks to a van driver who tried to cut across three lanes of traffic and killed my Mazda ($11,400 in damage), I'm driving a jacked up bright orange Subaru. If you'd told me just a week ago that an orange Subaru was in my future I'd have laughed hysterically but it was some sort of unexplainable love at first sight.
Progressive insurance did a rare thing for an insurance company and actually treated me pretty fairly, my credit union people were awesome too, and in less than a week I was ready to close on a new car. It was looking pretty desperate even with the insurance issue being resolved since there wasn't anything (at a reasonable price) that I really wanted. I was happy to stumble across the CrossTrek late in my search.
I have the premium with navigation and auto-dimming rearview mirror w/compass, rear bumper cover, matte black XUV splash guard, all-weather floor mats rear seatback protector. The only miles it had on it were the one's I put there during my test drive. The dealer offered me the car at over two grand under sticker price (in fact below the lowest price on truecar.com) and the deal was done in 45 minutes.
This is going to be a road trip machine for us and it may be the best vehicle made for that at the moment. I love the handling and AWD, the clearance, and being able to theoretically drive from Houston to Colorado on a couple tanks of gas. That's awesome. Safety is important too as you might expect after getting a face full of Chevy van. Like the Mazda, it feels like I got a lot more car than I paid for, and that makes me happy.