We’ve had our Acura SUV for a long time now. I think it’s a 2011 model, and we bought it new. We’ve carefully maintained it in conformity with the manufacturer’s instructions, have complied with all dealer notices of needed servicing, have gone through several sets of new tires, and have avoided any major mishaps or accidents aside from a few tiny side door dings.
It’s been a good, reliable car, one that we’ve driven across the country — to Maine and back, and down the east coast, and on a dog delivery trip to Texas, and on other long road trips. It’s always gotten us to where we want to go, and we use it with confidence. We’ve gotten attached to it, as people often do with cars. We haven’t named it, but I’ve enjoyed driving it and how it handles, and I also like the fact that, when I approach the car from the front and see the grillwork, it always looks happy to see me.
But . . . it’s time. The car has more than 150,000 miles on it, the air conditioning system is on the fritz — which would be a concern if spring and summer ever actually arrive in central Ohio, which admittedly seems unlikely at this point — and when we’ve driven new rental cars we’ve noticed that advances in car technology have left the poor old Acura in the dust. Whether it’s rear-facing cameras, dashboard computers, or other high-tech gizmos they’re putting into vehicles these days, car companies have made some significant improvements in the last eight years, and we don’t have any of them.
So, it’s time. Today, we’ll go car shopping for the first time in almost a decade, and take a look at what the auto manufacturers have to offer. If we find something that strikes our fancy we may trade in Acura for a new model. But before we do, I want to acknowledge and salute the faithful service of our faithful steed.