We did think about an actual mini-SUV thing, like the Honda CRV, but it's both too expensive and probably too big for our current situation. Our parking space in the building involves some tight maneuvering around corners and through alleys past trash bins just to get in and out every day, and doing that with a wider/longer car would be a challenge. I am a bit sad not to have the 90-degree doors, though, which I suspect help a lot with managing car seats that snap out and then lock into your stroller. Ah well.
I hate buying cars. I hate the maneuvering, the bargaining, the 'let me talk to my boss', the 'I'm going to be straight with you here', etc. and so on. I hate that it takes us, on average, three hours to get to these places, drive their cars, and then sit through all the idiotic bargaining and waiting while they consult. Especially since for the most part, I just don't care about cars very much. I want a car to be safe. I want it to run reliably. I want it to fit in parking spaces, and carry enough stuff. If it's pretty, that's a bonus, but I honestly don't care all that much. The whole thing stresses me out and makes me cry. Twice, yesterday.
I think we're going to go look at the Fit again in the early afternoon today, see if another dealer will give us a better price than the one we talked to yesterday (he claimed that the Fit was selling for about $5K more than the list price, due to how popular it is and how hard to get right now, which, if true, makes it more than we can afford). And then decide between it and the Matrix. It looks like it'll either be the Fit in red, or the Matrix in blue. Thoughts?