My wife has been driving a 2003 Chevy Avalanche since new and we decided it was time to find a better vehicle for daily driving and keep the Avalanche for as long as possible for towing duty. It has 153,000 miles and is going strong.
My wife really did not know what she wanted and I was open to just about anything. She wanted a decent size vehicle, preferably with 4 doors and having some storage capability would be desirable as well. She initially thought a small SUV might work.
I picked up the Consumer Reports New Car Preview 2011 with 280+ vehicles rated. I instructed her to look at all of them, and I mean all of them. She had a list of vehicles that she wanted to look at and I had my own list as well. I researched repair records, pricing, features, exterior, interior, fuel mileage, and everything else I could think of.
We stopped at the following manufacturers and looked at a bunch of stuff in no particular order:
Jeep; Grand Cherokee
BMW; 1 series, 3 series, 5 series,X5, X3
Toyota; Rav 4, Sienna, Venza
Subaru; Outback Wagon Limited, Forester Limited, WRX, STI
Mazda; CX-9, CX-7, MazdaSpeed 3
Volkswagon; GTI, Tiguan, Jetta, Golf, Passat
Ford; Edge, Flex, Explorer
Lexus; IS250, RX350
Hyudai; Sante Fe, Veracruz, Genesis, Tuscon
Honda; CRV, Odyssey, Civic, Pilot, CrossTour
Acura; TSX Wagon, MDX, RDX
Buick; Lacrosse, Lucerne
After all this we ended up driving over a dozen cars. The only reason we drove the CT was because my wife asked if she could. I had somewhat discounted the vehicle because of everything I had read. We were there to take out the CRV and the Odyssey but we were glad we took out the CT. She drove it first and I thought it was pretty nice from the passenger seat. We went to look at a lot of other cars before we went back to the Honda dealer for me to drive it.
Of all the vehicles we looked at the two that were most impressive were the CT and the Odyssey. We have had minivans for over 20 years and there practicality and usefulness is hard to beat. I was fairly certain at some point our Dodge would be replaced with the Odyssey.
Back to the CT, it was easily the most impressive vehicle we looked at. It is a good size vehicle with plenty of room for 4 people and you can still stow some gear. The drive was very pleasant, the ride and handling were very good, and it was amazingly quiet. It has all the features we could possibly want. Up until last summer I had a 2006 Acura TL and I thought the CT was an upscale version of that car.
We have only had the car for 2 weeks but I have to say I am thoroughly impressed with this car. I almost considered buying two and getting rid of the minivan.
I see there a lot of people viewing this forum with not a lot of new posts. I typically scan the forums as well and have benefited immensely from the information I have learned by doing the same. I hope those folks that are considering a CT to go take one for a drive. There is no doubt you will be impressed but don't do it if you are not in the market for a car as it might push you over the edge.
Good Luck to all of those on the fence!