Right now, I'm leaning towards the Suzuki SX4. Randy just bought one, and is happy with it. And I enjoyed driving it, even if I did manage to stall it several times. Chris' Mazda is also quite nice (with a more comfortable clutch), but it lacks AWD. (And quite frankly, I'm sure the Suzuki's clutch will feel "normal" within about 50 miles of driving it.)
(Not that I desperately need AWD, mind you. I certainly don't have a lot of call for going off-road. But damn, it will be nice to have in the winter, while dealing with people who can't drive for shit in the snow, as well as the DC/Metro area's piss-poor response in terms of snow removal.)
There is currently a SX4 Sport on the lot at the dealer in Fredericksburg, VA, right now. Unfortunately, it's pearl white. And that's the only color available in a sport model within 100 miles of here. However, there is a dealer not far from my parents' place that has the metallic blue (which is my preferred color) available. But I'm not visiting my parents until next month for a family reunion.
So, do I...
- ...go for immediate gratification, and get the white one?
- ...call the nearest dealer, and see about ordering the car I want?
- ...visit my parents earlier and get the blue one that is currently available down in NC, before it's purchased by someone else?
- ...just wait until next month, and hope that what I want is still there?