Help me help my wife…

…to buy a new car!

Last Christmas I surprised my wife with a 2010 Subaru Outback Sport. Just for the record, I turned in MY ’07 Impala SS (303-HP V8 and all) to get this care for her. I’ve always wanted to do something like this for her, so I made up my mind to do it! Although my wife loves the car, I’m sure she longs to get back into an SUV. Her previous mode of transportation was an ’08 Jeep Liberty, and prior to that she had an ’05 Liberty.

Now that I’ve started a new job that’s more substantial (from a financial perspective), I’ve already started to scope out her next vehicle. She keeps blabbering on that she wants to look a Ford Escape. Huh? An Escape? I mean, they’re okay and all, but they’re so bland. It’s like driving…a toaster. A decent value, but not very stylish and it just kinda sits there. Eh, no thanks. Sooooo…because I’m such a car freak, I’ve made a list of the vehicles I want her to look at, and I need YOUR help! Please look through the list and vote on what YOU think she should get. These are listed in alphabetical order.

1. Audi Q5 Quattro

I’ve always had a soft spot for Audis. Their build quality (interior and exterior) is second to none, and they offer a dynamic driving experience. The Audi Q5 is a new vehicle in the “premium small SUV class,” and I think they have a home run on their hands. I love it.

2. Audi Q7 Quattro

Another sexy Audi. πŸ™‚ I love the design! It’s very sleek-looking and places more emphasis on the “sport” in “SUV.” They even have a diesel option!

3. Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4×4

It’s no secret that I’m a Jeep freak. And I’m a Grand Cherokee freak, too. With the redesign of the Grand Cherokee for 2011, Jeep has pushed it a bit more upmarket to compete with the Land Rovers of the world, but it’s no less capable. Comfortable, luxurious, and mountain goat 4×4 ability, this Jeep has it all and would be my second pick for my lovely wife. πŸ™‚

4. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4×4

Errr…it’s a Wrangler. Need I say more? πŸ˜‰

5. Jeep Liberty Renegade 4×4

Dawn and I both have ALWAYS loved Libertys. The look good, drive nice, and, just like a Jeep should, have outstanding 4×4 ability!

6. Land Rover LR2

I’m a pretty big Land Rover fan, too. I kinda like to think of them as the “English Jeep,” just not as good. πŸ™‚ The LR2 is nicely equipped, solid vehicle.

7. Land Rover LR4

A very classy and very capable vehicle! I love the classic, boxy SUV look. Although, I have a feeling it may be a but too much bling for her.

8. Nissan Xterra PRO-4X

What a stellar vehicle! Next to the Wrangler, this is probably the most capable vehicle on this list. It’s a traditional body-on-frame SUV, so it’s tough as nails and offers tremendous off-road capability.

9. Subaru Legacy Outback

Although Subarus aren’t necessarily off-roading machines, I still love ’em! They have an outstanding AWD system (very comparable to Audi’s Quattro system), and there’s not much that will stop these things in the snow. Couple that with a nice read, good looks, and fantastic resale value, and you have a winner.

10. Toyota 4Runner 4×4

4Runners are, and always have been, just plain awesome. Rugged good looks, tough as nails, and genuine off-road ability make this a great SUV! I give kudos to Toyota for not turning this into some type of crossover.

11. Volkswagen Touareg

Dawn’s been looking at these ever since they first came out. And why not? It’s a great looking SUV with a TON of standard equipment, and wonderful 4WD system. Although they’re a tad on the pricey side, they’re a wonderful SUV!

So there you have it – a list of what I think she should get. PLEASE help me to help her stay away from the Escapes of the world!!!

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