"I'm going to get a Jeep Grand Cherokee to support local industry and tote around my new young cargo."
In fairness to my decision, the lease under $200 with employee pricing and the insurance savings from not driving an Acura anymore are $500/year. I guess that offsets the fact that the Jeep is currently averaging 14 Miles per gallon in city driving, if the dash computer is to be believed. I can't even figure out why they put that feature in the car, it is extremely demoralizing to look at.
What chafes me though is that I am getting lousy mileage with the V6 engine, which I chose because I wanted to economize. I am kicking myself for not getting us V8 to enjoy listening to while we burn dinosaurs around Detroit.
I really like everything else about this Jeep. I love the space. It has a great stereo. There is lots of room on the back window for crazy stickers. It does get above 20 MPG on the highway, which I am almost never on. I can fit a stroller and all of our luggage for a week in the back.
On balance, I would do this again because we can't afford an Audi Allroad Quattro in Alpaca Beige Metallic with Ecru/Light Brown cricket leather, and the Jeep is extremely practical for moving a baby and a bunch of stuff. I just wish that I didn't need to buy petroleum futures to hedge against my commute.