Well, not really. But play along with Francis W. Porretto here:
1. Michael Anthony (if you’re too young to remember the old TV show The Millionaire, look it up) has come to your home and offered to buy you the car of your choice, no matter what that car might be or cost. But there are conditions:
- It has to be in current production;
- You have to foot all running and maintenance expenses;
- It will be the only car you’ll get to drive or use in any way for the next ten years, no matter what happens, where you might need to go, or why.
What would your choice be?
2. Defend that choice, with specific reference to your circumstances and remember that you’re not allowed the use of any other car, including that of your spouse if you have one.
3. Now describe a set of circumstances you could plausibly face in which, no matter how carefully you chose your new car, you’d rather have some other car for those conditions.
Under present-day circumstances, I think I’d opt for Infiniti’s small crossover, the EX35. Justifications:
- It’s essentially a wagon version of the G sedan, a highly-covetable little darb in its own right;
- It still drives like a G, apart from a couple extra inches of height, separating it from the general run of SUVs that aren’t really SUVs;
- It should fit nicely in my existing garage;
- Operating expenses would likely not be much different from what I’m spending now on Gwendolyn. (The EX will burn a tad more fuel, but most repairs will be covered under warranty for four years.)
The EX is not a particularly good off-road vehicle, though, so were I to move way out into the sticks, I’d be better served by something with more rock-hopping capability.