The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

19 September 2007

We got your imports right here, pal

According to J. D. Power, 54 percent of car buyers aren't considering any Detroit-branded products at all: they're lost to the imports.

I wondered if this sounded like me, and I put together a list of vehicles (1) I wouldn't mind driving that (2) don't cost upwards of forty grand.

Three domestics made my list: Cadillac's CTS, if I go easy on the options; Mercury's Milan, which just looks better than its Ford Fusion sibling, and what's more, it's not as pricey as the Lincoln whatever-it's-called-this-week; and, should I decide I need to haul around a lot more people, the Buick Enclave. In fact, if they made a five-passenger version of the Enclave, which is arguably the niftiest-looking crossover, I'd be more interested, but GM has decided, reasonably enough I suppose, that small Buicks are a contradiction in terms.

And there are only three imports on that list, two from Infiniti: the G35, which I've driven and enjoyed, and the EX35, which is my idea of a small semi-ute. Alternatively, there's the Volvo C30, which might be the least-expensive of all these buggies, and which is so cute you want to tickle it under its front air dam.

Of course, given my budget, I'll probably end up with a six-year-old [insert name of vehicle at least as improbable as the one I drive now].

Posted at 7:35 AM to Driver's Seat


I like the volvo xc90, but they are way too pricey for my blood. I like the Ford Fusion, a few years ago they were pretty inexpensive, and I almost got one, they were in the 12k range when I looked at them, I think they are still pretty reasonable.

I still can't help but prefer to drive American even if only in name. Although, I do like the Nissan Murano, but again, too pricey for me.

This particular topic has been on my mind a lot lately as my friend has tagged me along car shopping with her, she is looking for a honda or toyota suv for a reasonable price. It is like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

I keep hearing, oh these have great resale value, etc, but something about that statement nags at me. She may have settled on a Chevy Equinox, at a very reasonable price. We'll see.

Posted by: Heather at 12:10 AM on 20 September 2007

"Great resale value" translates as "doesn't depreciate so horribly as some of the competition."

Are we talking CR-V/RAV4 size, or something bigger?

Posted by: CGHill at 9:28 PM on 20 September 2007

WHen I was a kid, this would have been the end of the American economy. Now, it's a mere ripple. What amazing growth we have seen in the past 30 years (and take for granted).

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 7:53 PM on 21 September 2007