Wishlist for my next car

My 2007 Yaris is still running fine, and it should last for several more years, but I’ve been thinking for awhile what sorts of features I want in my next vehicle. Here’s a list:

  • Four doors. Two doors is cute but not convenient at all.
  • Hatchback. I love the look of hatchbacks and I’d like to keep driving one. Plus it’s convenient for carrying large items.
  • Either fully electric or a plug-in hybrid.
  • Remote keyless entry. I had this on a previous car (my 1998 Ford Escort) and I miss it like crazy.
  • Remote keyless ignition. I’d love to be able to start my car remotely when it’s freezing outside!
  • Cruise control. I drive long distances too much not to have this.
  • Seat warmers. They’re just so nice!
  • Synchronization with my phone. This may be standard by the time I buy another car (hell, it might be standard now) but I don’t have it and I want it.
  • Fabric seats. I’ve always had fabric seats and I always will.
  • Fog lamps. I just like having fog lamps okay?
  • Plenty of cup holders. I love the ones I have in my Yaris.
  • Somewhere to put my purse that isn’t the passenger seat would be nice, though I tend to like smaller cars so this may be impossible.

That’s all I’ve thought of so far. As far as a color, I think it would be really neat to have a soft purple car, but I’m pretty sure no one makes those. I’ll probably go for blue again.

Minicars

One in every three [Japanese] cars now a minivehicle

One official said the number of minivehicles soared in 2006 “because automakers took the wraps off a slew of new models and unleashed fully restyled models.”

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Industry officials said the minivehicle category has been popular particularly with women and the elderly because they are easy to drive.

Such cars also benefited from fuel efficiency and low maintenance costs after the asset-inflated bubble burst in the early 1990s, they said.

Here’s Shiba, reporter for Pro Tennis magazine in the anime Prince of Tennis, in her awesome minicar. I want one!