Believe it or not, I get a good deal of pleasure doing deep comparative analysis. I think you might see that with my camera reviews or when I talk about photo industry trends. But, it’s more than just photography. I like analyzing a lot of things.
Recently, I finished analyzing my son’s college options as we did a bunch of campus visits and hours of on-line research. Ultimately, it was up to my son to decide where he wanted to go. But it didn’t stop me from reading four books on the “College Industry” and deciding upon the complex and conflicting set of criteria. Well, that project is over, as my son has now settled on his college choice.
Now, I’m onto my next major analysis. What to get for my next car. I actually have more than a year to decide, since my current vehicle will become my younger son’s trusty steed when he starts driving in about a year. But, given that this analysis stuff is fun, I’m getting a head start.
Picking the right car is more complicated than you might think. Especially because I plan to keep my car for at least 15 years. Unlike my frequent camera changes, my car decisions have very long-term implications. Being in the early stages, I’m open to a variety of options and I’m enlarging my consideration this time. Brands that I’ve never looked at in the past, have a shot at making the cut. And included in this analysis is also the car dealership and the level of perceived long-term service they may offer.
I was over at the Mazda dealer over the weekend. From a design and driving dynamics perspective, I really love this CX-5. Newly redesigned for 2017. The daring “Soul Red Crystal Metallic” looks gorgeous with a depth I’ve never seen before. The car looked especially nice in the fading afternoon light, shot with the iPhone 6s.
No, I have not decided on a Mazda. Far from it. And, I have not even decided on the car’s form factor. Do I get a sedan, a hatchback or crossover? They all have their advantages, and of course, disadvantages. I tend to skew towards practicality but would passion, design and technological gadgets override? This may be my last manually driven car. I might be about 70 when I make my next car choice. By then, I’m hoping that self-driving cars will be perfected.
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