For me, this is car-shopping weekend. I was in an accident last month and totaled my Accord, and I'm down to the wire for finding a new (used) car.
The butch in me wants 4WD. It doesn't have to be huge--I just want to be able to throw my bike in the back (never mind that I'm not much of a cyclist; I'm nonetheless enamored with the idea), dart up the curvy road to my apartment in the rain without skidding, and maybe strap a kayak on top (never mind that I've only kayaked three times in my entire life). SUVs are fun to drive, but I loathe the SUV arms race (in which we all buy taller cars so that we can see around all the other people who bought taller cars so they could see better).
Ah, but the nerd in me... The nerd in me wants a Volvo... perhaps a used S40. Or something with amazingly good gas mileage. Something drool-inducingly safe. Side curtain airbags! High visibility!! Oh yeah, give it to me, baby!!
So this weekend, my butch side and my nerd side will endeavor to strike a compromise. What'll it be? A Subaru Impreza wagon? A "small" SUV? A RAV-4? A Civic? I'll keep you posted.
Meanwhile, what features do *you* think are essential for a butch's ride? A multi-disc changer and sweet sound system? Big cup holders? Roof racks? A Moon roof? Manual transmission?