My wife says that when she is pregnant she nests by rearranging the house. She says that I nest by getting a new car. When she was pregnant with our youngest I said we needed to get a mini-van. We had been driving around in a Honda Fit, and I had heard that Odysseys were great vans. They maybe, but when it came to gas mileage our 2007 van was getting 17 in the city and 22 on the highway. That was a shock that I wasn't prepared for. As gas prices have soared it became clear that we needed something to drive that cost less to fill up than the monthly payment. We went from spending close to 400 dollars a month in gas to, oh, 120!!! Ask me if I love my Toyota Camry Hybrid. Uh, yeah.
I have owned by 2010 Camry Hybrid for a few months now. It is a well built, reliable car that will deliver 35 mpg city and hwy, provided that you drive "nicely". As a prior BMW roadster owner, I must say that this car will deliver virtually no thrills to the driver. The suspensions are cushy, the handling relatively poor, the acceleration is modest and the breaking unimpressive. However, this is not meant to be a performance car. It is meant to be a comfy ride that gets almost 500 miles with a tank of gas. At that, this car is excellent. The seats are great, driving position perfect, the sound system awesome. There is also plenty of room in the trunk. So ask yourself what kind of driver you are and what kind of ride you are looking to buy. You cannot have the cake and eat it too, or at least so I figured. If you are on the market for a fuel-efficient car that does not look and drive like a space-ship (see Prius) or that does not have the appearance of Mickey Mouse's car (see the Honda Insight), the Camry is the way to go. Its price tag is comparable to the Civic Hybrid, but the latter is definitely a category below as a whole. So, your call.
I was so surprised at how easy the whole purchasing process was with CarMax. Once I found the car I wanted online, they even held it for me until the weekend since it wasn't located at our local CarMax. After I got there and had an opportunity to see and drive the car, the actual transaction happened very quickly - no waiting around for hours like a traditional car purchase. When I brought it home and it didn't pass safety inspection in my state, CarMax made it right AND gave me a loaner car to drive while mine was being repaired so I didn't have to miss any work. I'm 100% pleased with my whole transaction start to finish. Thanks CarMax!