It's true, we finally settled on a car!
And here she is:
Once we moved on from the Land Cruiser, we just needed to focus on what size was best for us. While the Highlander is spacious for its size, four kids is a full house and five kids is bordering on uncomfortable. Especially when we fast forward to the last year of our projected ownership of this car -- when my kids will no longer be 5, 6, and 8, but 11, 12, and 14. Once we ruled out the Highlander, we could take the Mazda off our "look list."
As for the Sequoia, there was also a little divine intervention involved. The Hubs and I both loved the Pyrite Mica color (which is a metallic brown; see above), but since we were being opportunistic and looking for a deal, we also knew that once we started negotiating we would need to "make friends" with whatever colors they had on the lot. By chance, this past week, R passed the Toyota dealership on the train and noticed a 2011 Pyrite Mica sitting on their lot. It was exactly what we had hoped for! Between the two of us, we negotiated a great deal and yesterday, I took my baby home.
Good-bye Mercedes..Hello Sequoia!