Picking out a camera is a walk in the park compared to picking out a new ride for Nancy. She bought her first SUV in 1988... an Isuzu Trooper... and has been addicted to them ever since. She currently drives a Mercury Mountaineer. In light of gas prices, we've decided to downsize, and after doing due diligence (Consumer Reports, and Costco research), narrowed it down on paper to a 4 cylinder Subaru Forester, Honda CRV, or Toyota Rav 4. Now it was time to test ride them... a fun way to spend a holiday. First up was the Forester. It's a great ride... more like a car than a truck... with powerful acceleration and great handling . The drawback was the distribution of space. They devoted so much of it to the cargo area that it didn't leave much leg room for the back seat. Next we tried the Rav 4. View attachment 97921 I thought it was sweet... very stylish, and a powerful 4 cylinder engine. The suspension was a little stiff, but the steering was very responsive. That turned out to be a problem, as I oversteered it during my portion of the test ride, which made Nancy nervous. Our final test was the CRV. View attachment 97922 It was middle of the road... not as much power as the Rav 4, not as good a ride as the Forester, but roomy and nice handling. Nancy liked it, but I thought it was kind of boring. After the test rides, we had lunch and talked over our perceptions. I made up a grid, and we rated the cars 1, 2, or 3 for each of 8 criteria. But when we added up the scores, each car had received 16 points... a dead tie. Then we examined the negatives of each, decided that the Forester's lack of space was a fatal flaw, and eliminated it. Then we rated the two remaining choices 1 or 2... and it came out to another dead tie at 12 points each. There was only one thing left to do... go back and take the Rav 4 for another test ride and see if I could drive it without terrifying Nancy. I was on my best behavior this time, and we decided to award the Rav 4 the blue ribbon for best in class. We'll be picking one up in the near future. View attachment 97923 Note: photos with the d200 and 20/2.8.