Monday, May 19, 2008

A Cerebral Decision

This weekend Su and I made the big plunge and replaced our 2002 Subaru wagon with a 2008 Kia Rondo. The Rondo was just introduced in the U.S. in 2007 but has been sold as the Kia Carens in Europe for a long time to rave reviews. And the sticker price was way less than the Rav4 and some other cars we'd looked at!

I invite you to look at the passenger side back door of both vehicles above. The grey car (the Subaru) required a bit of acrobatic balancing to insert Danny into his carseat. His poor little head--let's just say he's been bumped more than once by a distracted parent (or two) while going in. But look at that blue car! Yes, when that Rondo back door opens, it's like looking into an abyss of car seat heaven! We are very pleased.

Added bonus is the 3rd row so we can easily carry up to 7 people and the 10 year 100,000 mile warranty. And cruise control? Wow. We've never had that til now.

When I had to adopt Danny this year I was able to deduct the adoption costs from my taxes which helped make this purchase feasible. But apparently it is not going to be okay to have a new baby every year just so we can get a bunch back in taxes ;-)

Have a great day everybody. -Monica


jen said...

saw the new ride today, and it is so pretty! i hope the weather is better this pm so I can go check it out close up!

Matt Siemer said...

I just learned that 'rondo' is a musical term for 'character-type fast and vivacious music.' Do you find that your car requires similar adjectives?

Susanica said...

Hey Matt. That is so cool a 'character-type fast and vivacious music.' And here I thought it meant "an instrumental composition typically with a refrain recurring four times in the tonic and with three couplets in contrasting keys"

I want to call the car "Babe the big Blue Rondo". Or maybe, "Help, help me Rondo, Help, Help me Rondo" (am I dating myself?) And of course since it's "velvet blue" we could just go with Blue Velvet.

But I think I'll stick with 'character-type fast and vivacious music.' That's very catchy! -Monica