My Cars - 2018 Subaru Forester Premium With Eye Sight | 2018 Volvo S60 Inscripton

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     Since graduating from college, I have had four cars overall.  Not a bad number to have in 6 years!  My first new car out of college was the 2002 "Desert Silver" Acura RSX.  The interior trim is Titanium.  After shopping around for a sporting, luxury coupe, I feel in love with the RSX.  The RSX had everything I was looking for in my first car.  It had power everything, leather, alloy wheels, automatic climate control, cruise control, 6 speaker CD stereo, & moonroof.  I had a few optional extras added including a 6 CD changer in the trunk along with the cargo net.  The RSX features an i-vtec engine that cranks out 160 horsepower through the 4 cylinders without the need for a turbo charger.  This car is my baby.  I have it detailed regularly, and even to this day, it looks and smells like it is a brand new car.

    One of the perks of being a pharmaceutical representative is a company car.  In February of 2005, Schering-Plough presented me with a 2005 black Ford Taurus SE.  Schering bought us a brand new car every 65,000 miles, which for me is about every year and half.  The Ford Taurus was nothing like my Acura, but it was a decent everyday car.  It had power everything, power seat, CD audio, cruise control, traction control, and a V6 engine.

    I ordered another company car in 2006, and it is a nice upgrade from my Taurus.  The company got us a 2007 Ford Fusion SEL that comes standard with automatic climate control, 6 disc CD changer in dash with MP3 compatibility, auto dimming rear view mirror with compass, power everything, leather wrapped steering wheel with audio/climate/speed controls, 17 inch alloy wheels, fog lights, analog clock (like on the Infiniti models),  side and side curtain airbags, and heated power mirrors.  The car also includes the following options - ABS, daytime running lights, and power moonroof.  My new company car was delivered to me in October of 2006.  My last company car at Schering-Plough/Merck was a fully loaded 2008 Ford Fusion SEL with leather, Sync, and moonroof.

    When I joined Inventiv Health in 2010 as a representative on the Boehringer-Ingelheim contract, I was given a SUV since I had a "snow territory" since I covered the Lake Tahoe Area.  Inventiv Health bought me a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox AWD LS SUV.   It was my first SUV, and it was great for driving up in the Sierra Nevada mountains during the winter.
    In 2012, I joined Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals directly and got my first foreign company car, the 2012 Subaru Legacy AWD PZEV Premium Sedan.  I decided to go with the Subaru Legacy again in 2014 when I was able to order a new car again.  This one had the cold weather package which had heated seats too.  In 2016, I was able to order another company car, and I choose the newly redesigned Subaru Legacy.  This time, the company paid for the Eye Sight Package which included adaptive cruise control!  It is the most amazing auto invention since the wheel!  LOL.  The car practically drives itself especially in combination with the lane assist.  The car automatically moves me back in my lane, but with the adaptive cruise control, the car can slow down and speed up as needed depending on the traffic in front of me.  The new Legacy was also upgraded with nice features like dual zone climate control as well as tri stage heated seats. 

    I know I am car with all the bells and whistles.  Not to mention, my company pays for the maintenace, insurance, and even gas for it.  I can drive it as much as I want for personal use too.  The company even pays for the gas for personal use too.  Moreover, we get a toll transponder too so the company picks up the tolls for our company car.

    My latest company car is a 2018 Subaru Forester Premium with Eye Sight and Cold Weather Package.  The Forester is a SUV so I love having the extra space as well as being higher up when I am driving.  The Forester has automatic climate control, SXM premium audio which can record audio when I am on the phone, roof rails, and panoramic moonroof.  The Eye Sight Package has adaptive cruise control and blind sight monitoring as well as lane assist.  I love adaptive cruise control!  The company also paid for the all weather package which includes heated seats, heated mirrors, and a heated windshield..

    Shortly after getting my new company car in 2017, I was set on buying a new personal car to eventually get rid of my 2002 Acura RSX.  After some research and test drives, I decided on a 2018 Volvo S60 Inscription with the technology package.  My company has discounts on a lot of different cars.  For Volvo, we have A Plan Elite pricing so I get a huge discount in addition to any current incentives that Volvo was running.  I test drove the S60 in February, and I feel in love.  The handling and power of this car beat out BMW, Acura, and Lexus.  The only car I drove that was more impressive was the Alfa Romeo Guilia, but I was not sure about the long term reliablity of the Alfa Romeo cars.  So, I decided to get a fully loaded S60 Inscription with the technology package.  This car is Osmium Gray, and it has the beechwood interior.  I picked up the car from the dealer on February 10th.

Courtesy of Alan Jackson from his 2002 Album titled Drive

Last Updated:  July 6, 2018 6:52 PM