DH and I are kicking around the idea of getting a new vehicle. Well, I think DH is actually "kicking" himself for getting rid of our 4Runner last year. The price of gas and diminishing value of SUVs made him want to get out before SUVs were worth nothing. Right now we have a 2009 Corolla. We really like the car for most things. The gas mileage is great and it's cute and sporty. Of course, there are times like last weekend where he had to leave us at Best Buy so he could take home a microwave. I've yet to determine how we are supposed to get to San Diego next weekend with luggage and model trains (probably rent a larger car). A couple of weeks ago he rode to San Diego in a new Odyssey and loved it (EX-L with VCM). Yesterday his friend bought one at $7K below sticker. He asked me last night what I think. We are only considering an Odyssey or Sienna, most likely an Odyssey. More history: We have purchased 8 cars in the past decade, 7 of them new. We know that we lose money buying new cars and selling them quickly (well, not on the Prius' we sold ~ we did well on those). We said the Corolla would be it for awhile, thinking it would get us through until there are more hybrid options. (I have often joked about DH's penchant for buying new cars ~ I alway say it's better than a penchant for other women.) But ... but ... but ... I'm having a hard time with the Corolla. When we bought it my medical condition was under control. 2 months later I flared, and the car is uncomfortable to drive and ride in. I miss the bigger seats and honestly I miss the heated seats which really helped my pain on longer car rides. It's a bumpier ride too, and those with pain conditions will know what I mean. Part of me likes the Corolla (except that I have yet to overcome the huge blind spots even after 10 months). Part of me wants to admit that it may have been a mistake to buy it. There is room for us as a family, but not for much stuff. So, pros and cons of buying an Odyssey Pros: More room for people, dogs, stuff More comfortable ride Better visibility when driving Can carpool with friends to filed trips, etc. Can go places with grandparents without needing 2 vehicles Cons: Cost Worse gas mileage (we drive 10 - 12K miles a year and only have one vehicle) Taking a hit on the Corolla (although we got it on a great deal) Feeling like an idiot changing cars after 10 months (well, hey, the Volvo lasted just under 9 months) Feeling guilty that we could do this when we have family members out of work and in general the economy is bad and we know people are struggling. It feels kind of showy. We owe 5K at 0% on the Corolla; it is our only debt other than our mortgage (only a first and we have equity). We'd probably choose to finance $15K and there are no 0% deals. We have been reassured that the company DH works for is doing really well. They will be getting small increases this year and 7.6% profit sharing (and some of that is being paid directly to the employees this year rather than all of it going into the 401Ks). They aren't doing layoffs and are actually still hiring, though it's limited. The company runs on a cash policy and doesn't finance new buildings, etc. So it's stable. It really wouldn't make sense to keep the Corolla and buy and Odyssey. We very rarely need more than one vehicle as DH bikes to work. Am I stupid for even considering it?