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Car Shopping

I am in the market for a new car.

But it will not be an EV. Mostly for very practical reasons that I don’t need to bore anyone with.

After more than eight years driving a hybrid, I want another. My current car, a Ford C-Max, is just the right size, gets great milage, and has been extremely reliable. As I said, very practical.

But my new vehicle will not be another Ford. Ford doesn’t want my business. They have elected not to sell hybrid cars any more. For that matter, they no longer sell “cars” at all.1

The company’s current marketing philosophy is that everyone wants a big SUV and even bigger trucks. Or a Mustang. Which hasn’t really been interesting or attractive since the 1980’s.

I would love to buy another car from an American company but, based on my simple needs and the beginning research I’ve done, that is very unlikely.

General Motors is taking mostly the same approach as Ford – pushing SUVs, a few of them electric, and lots of trucks. And the third of the traditional “big three” US automakers, Stellantis (aka Chrysler), has never in my lifetime produced anything worth my time and money.

I might be able to get a reliable hybrid car assembled in this country but it will probably come from a Japanese or Korean manufacturer. Which is fine, but it would be nice if US manufacturers actually understood that they are ignoring a whole lot of potential customers.

Anyway, my search has only begun. It’s been a relatively long time since I’ve done this, so I need some re-education.

However, from everything I’ve read and heard from friends/family, the process of buying a vehicle of any kind has only gotten harder, especially since the pandemic.

Wish me luck.

The picture is a lazy choice. The first item I found in a Google image search that was easily linkable (from a 2018 NY Times article).

1. At least not in the US.


  1. Doug Johnson

    Please let your blog readers know what you buy. I have a 2022 Subaru Crosstrek that I really like. I do wish I had purchased a hybrid though. I long ago gave up on “American-made” vehicles since Honda, Toyota, and Subaru seemed to last a heck of a lot longer.

    • tim

      I will probably write one or two more posts about my car buying experience, depending on how strange it gets. Right now I’m doing some basic research, which isn’t all that interesting.

      When I was shopping for the current car, we test drove the Crosstrek hybrid (which they don’t offer anymore) since I was trading in an eight year-old Forester and had come to like Subarus. However, the milage was only slightly better than the regular gas Forester so I passed on it.

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