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Lynn's New Car (circa 2015)

After Lynn's accident, the PT Cruiser was no more, so once she got her driver's license reinstated it was time for the dreaded "shopping for a car" dance! She wanted a smaller SUV-like vehicle, preferably All-Wheel-Drive, so the “cross-over” category was the target. We started out looking at used vehicles, hoping to find a late-model "something" that had low mileage and met the few hard-and-fast requirements that Lynn had (doesn’t require climbing up or down to get into or out of; the ability to adjust the height and position of the driver’s seat sufficiently to accommodate her long legs and short torso; a shifting mechanism that did not require pressing a button with her arthritic thumb; cloth seats; light-colored interior). We looked at Honda CR-V’s, Toyota RAV-4’s, Nissan Rogues and Muranos, Ford Escapes, a Mitsubishi Outlander, Subaru Outbacks and Foresters, Volkswagen Tiguans, a Hyundai Tucson, even a Lexus RX 350 (too expensive!). None had all the right preferences and requirements, so we started looking at new cars; a Mazda 5 (cute micro-van, but the driver’s seat didn’t move back far enough), a Volkswagen Tiguan (too expensive), and Subaru Outbacks (a nice car, but it didn’t feel right to Lynn). She finally chose a 2016 AWD Mazda CX-5 with a “sand” interior, “Titanium Flash Mica” exterior (looks brown to me), 2.5L “Sky-Activ” engine, moon-roof, Bose sound system, GPS Navigation system, integral hands-free bluetooth synchronization to her cellphone, and other fun features from Lannon Mazda in Lowell MA.We picked the new baby up just after the July 4th weekend, and so far Lynn loves it.




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