We talked it over and decided to sell my husband's smartCar and buy a slightly bigger vehicle. The yaris doesn't have the best ease of access to the back seat, which makes it less than comfortable to get in and out of. It's doable, just not easy. We're to the age that flexible contortions are not fun and we no longer enjoy a rousing game of Twister. The first interested party in the bright yellow smartCar is buying it, so if you see it around town, be nice to the visiting professor, give a friendly wave.
Jerry and I visited a few websites, made a few inquiries, and then settled on a 2016 Chevy Spark LS. Yesterday, we picked it up from Fikes, in Hamilton, AL. They're celebrating their 40th, so if you decide to visit them, wish them a happy birthday.
The Spark is actually smaller than the yaris, in overall size; but gives the appearance of being larger. At least, I think so. The yaris's two doors are deeper, of course; but the Spark's four doors are nice to have at this point. I do miss all the hidden compartments the yaris has, which allows me to tuck this here and that there and then always know where things are. But the Spark's glove box will hold all the necessities and I don't accumulate much that remains in the car that isn't in its own bag, stowed in the trunk, like some crochet and knitting supplies and tools. Since I can't knit and drive at the same time, I don't need to have the needles handily tucked into the door pocket, do I?
A feature about the Spark that is different than most, it has seats that can be adjusted in height. This is my first vehicle with touch screen for the radio, GPS, and a video shot of the area behind you when reversing the car. I will need to read thru the manual and tinker with the settings. I don't think this model has the cruise control feature that my yaris did, but that's not essential, provided I remember not to allow my foot to trod too heavily with the passage of miles on the interstate.
|Our new Spark, lime metallic|