Remember the 80’s “Fancy Ass” jeans! High waisted pants requiring pliers and coat hangers to help you squeeze into them? Laces on the sides, zippers on the bottom, buttons up the legs, ribbons on the pockets… washed in acid, darkest dark or pin striped… each pair with their own “name” that came in sizes like 26, 27 and 28 rather than today’s sizes of 00, 0 and 1!
They were all the rage… as much for their style as for the thrill of saying “ass” in front of your parents!
My favourite pair had “red stitching” which is one of the reasons I fell for the Chevy Equinox I had the pleasure of driving last week. I saw it immediately on entering the car… two toned leather seats in grey and charcoal… with red stitching!
The Equinox had everything I’d possibly want in a family car… not to mention a pair of jeans… dual controls, plenty of leg room, satellite radio, heated seats and rear camera!
We headed to Summerside, PEI for a hockey tournament… the gear and luggage fitting perfectly in the trunk with a remote that allowed me to automatically open AND close it as Spiderman loaded the hatch with gear and sticks between rink and hotel.
The car drove like a dream. It felt “rugged”, “safe!” Admittedly, it didn’t have a tremendous amount of “pep” on the highway but handling the snow covered streets of PEI was no problem at all for a girl who’s a wee wimpy in bad weather! On top of that… it had a “navigation” system that helped me locate the Confederation Bridge with little to no difficulty… and anyone who reads on a regular basis knows how geographically challenged I am! My favourite feature… the rear camera… a “must have” for my next car allowing me to back in and out of parking spots while staying exactly between the white lines and letting me know how close I was to hitting something or someone behind me.
There were cup holders aplenty with my only complaint being that it lacked a special spot for me to put “spare change”! However, while it lacked that small hiding spot, the center console was deep enough to store a small kitchen appliance… like say… a margarita blender!
The kids were thrilled with the amount of legroom in the back making a long drive much more enjoyable but if I’d needed more trunk space… the rear seat was adjustable up to eight inches to take away some leg room and add a bit more trunk space!
I was thrilled with the heated seats, the sunroof, the digital display and lighted mirrors.
To sum it up… I’d have to say… it really is quite “fancy assed”!!!