Nick and I had been thinking about getting a new car for a while. We drove the Jeep across the country, and it did really well for us (especially on our trips to the beach). But we couldn't deny the poor gas mileage. While being here, we have been trying to cut costs, and a car that only gets 15mpg just wasn't cutting it! We had to consider not only mpg, but also a car that would have enough space for "our kids"!
Nick suggested a station wagon. And although that conjured up memories of the "space shuttle" Buick that we drove forever, we saw a VW Passat wagon that I thought looked nice. Nick did some research, and a couple of weekends later, we were on our way to Santa Barbara to look at one at a VW dealership.
It was a long process, but we ended up buying the car! They gave us a good trade value for the Jeep, so we left the Jeep there, and drove our new car home with us. The dogs tried it out when we got home, and while it is a little shorter than the Jeep on the inside, there is still plenty of room for the both of them. We have gone to the beach twice since buying the new car, and it works for them.