Wheelchair users unfortunately don't have much choice when it comes to automotive sexiness. It's better than it was, but still not terrific. Only a few vehicles can be converted into wheelchair accessible vehicles.
I've been thinking about getting a new car. My current van, the Chevy, is now 12 years old and has about 150,000 miles on it. It still runs really well; but I'd rather buy a car when I want one of them when I need one.
The first two times I bought a car, I bought full-size vans. My first car was a 1990 Ford E-150. I bought it because I thought I would be able to drive it. After purchasing the car I realized that there wasn't any technology that would make it safe for me to drive. My second car was a 2000 Chevy Express. I wanted the Ford, but I couldn't justify the extra expense. In fact, I had to lease the car because I couldn't afford the payments. After five years of payments, I still owed $10,000.
Here are nine different models of car I was able to find that can be converted to transport my wheelchair. None of them are very sporty. They are a variety of minivans, station wagons, or SUVs. Thank goodness I'm married, because Babe Magnets, these are not.
Now that my kids are older, we don't necessarily need a full-size van. Also, each of these can be converted to allow for a front passenger seat wheelchair seating. It'll be nice to ride shotgun for once in my life. I've always been the proverbial "backseat driver". I will probably still give my wife directions and criticize her driving, but at least in the front seat, she'll be able to slap me. I think that's fair. Currently she can only glare at me in the rearview mirror, to which I say, "Eyes on the road!"
I need your help... here's my question: Which of these nine cars is the sexiest?
Ignore the colors in the photos. Let's assume I picked out something sexy. Additionally, in the case of full-size vans, they will be customized. My next car is going to be a luxury vehicle, with all the gadgets and trim. After all, I'll have to drive the thing for another 10 or 12 years.
Also, ignore your feelings about the manufacturer. Don't worry about quality, value, gas mileage, etc. I'm going to ultimately decide after thorough research, so I'm just trying to gauge the sexy factor for this exercise.
By the way, special thanks to Edmunds.com. I stole all these pictures from them!
Please vote in the comments. Feel free to pick two or three, or rank them if you wish.