Remember a few years ago when the government was offering the Cash for Clunkers program?
Well, lucky for us we had a clunker – a big ol’, gas guzzlin’, 4wd Expedition.
When we first got it, I absolutely loved it! It hauled my entire family, without making me seem “wussy-ish” like the conversion van I owned, and it was a little less mom-like than a minivan.
When my oldest began driving, he used it to drive the 15 mile trek to school and back, and to drive the younger kids around when needed.
That’s when I got the Mustang.
As gas prices rose, the Expedition became very costly to run. When we heard about the program, we decided to trade it in for a new, smaller vehicle that got better gas mileage. Hubby did a lot of research and this is what we decided on.
Isn’t it cute?
He liked it. One, because the price was right, two it was big enough inside to fit his 6’3 frame, and three it got excellent gas mileage.
After picking it up we drove immediately to a car show being held in our county. We were one of the first ones there, so we parked and began walking through the car show. When we were ready to leave, we couldn’t find the car. Literally. Turns out two pickup trucks had parked on either side of us, and The Fit was dwarfed in comparison. We were laughing out loud about how ridiculously small it looked, especially in comparison to the trucks. But we proudly hopped in and headed home.
The kids loved it. Our oldest began using it to go to school. He’s 6’3 as well, and has a good 75 pounds on my husband, but he fit very comfortably in the driver seat. We were amazed at how roomy it was on the inside, while being so tiny on the outside.
My husband developed a mantra that we all use now.
“Everything Fits in the Fit”
At Christmas time, he took it to pick up a tall, 6-drawer dresser that we found on Craigslist. He arrived with the Fit and the lady we bought it from took one look at the car, and was shocked.
“Oh… it’s not going to fit in there,” she said.
My husband told her: “Everything fits in the Fit.”
And he quickly lowered the back seat, picked up the dresser and slid it in through the back. He smiled smugly as he shut the door and left her standing in awe.
It’s become a joke in our house, but it’s absolutely true!
Today, he stopped off at Lowe’s to pick up our new hardwood flooring. The loaders came out to greet him, and practically laughed in his face.
“Uh, those are not going to fit in there,” the young kid told him.
Hubby replied, “Well, I didn’t intend to pick them all up today, just some of them until I can get back this way again.”
The kid, shaking his head, said, “I mean none of them will fit in there.”
Hubby, becoming frustrated, just told him to bring the loader over with the boxes….
And they promptly loaded 12 boxes of hardwood into the car.
I’m telling you. This is an Amazing Little Vehicle. (Hubby has taken to calling it ALVin) It gets 44 miles per gallon, it holds 5 adults comfortably and still has room for bags and groceries.
My penny pinching 15 year old has already called first dibs on it when we’re ready to sell. We plan to keep it as a 3rd family car until all kids have their license and are out of the house. With the Honda name, and their excellent service, we expect it to last a very long time.
Funny, how we’ve all become so attached to it. It’s the exact definition of “wussy-ish”, but it’s like the runt in the family. It’s determined to keep up with the bigger boys, it tends to forget its size, and it’s claimed a soft spot in all of our hearts.