When my mechanic told me that they couldn't get the part needed to repair the emission control system of my Saturn, but that it was safe to drive (shortly AFTER I had major dental work done) I started doing research. That was back in June.
I've had too many scary drives home in snow the past few years, so I decided all wheel drive was essential. And a power driver seat was essential when I bought my Saturn back in 2004. I decided that a rear camera was also essential, and other safety features would be desirable.
So, after lots of research online and looking at lots of vehicles in person and test driving the most promising candidates, I decded on a Subaru Forester. Thanks to my brother's generosity in contributing to the down payment, (now he doen't have think about birthday or Christmas present for years), I bought a blue Subaru Forester today.
It will be mine on Wednesday.