Most "I bought a new car!" threads on CleanMPG are a celebration of triumph over OPEC thanks to the most advanced FE technology available. This isn't one of those threads. I finally came to terms with the fact that a pair of 2G Prius don't work for this household no matter how hard I tried. Even on my own, I couldn't take any more of Toyota's dysfunctional interpretation of "ergonomics" as far as my 6'2" frame is concerned. On the bright side, every other viable option in my price range was an SUV. Presenting Stridsvagn: Given that my wife still does 25k miles per year, we agreed that she still needs (and honestly wants) to drive her Prius. This beast is for my 5k per year commute plus the remaining 5k worth of road tripping that we do. That means it has a fair shot at reaching its true potential. The negatives of this car are obvious. It has a 3.2L straight six and it weighs nearly 2 tons. EPA ratings read like the age of the average facebook user. But the positives are surprising. For one, the 6-speed AT is hands-down the best slushbox I have ever driven. The final drive ratio is quite tall (think 2200rpm at 65mph) and it gets there in a hurry if you have a light foot. More importantly, it holds the tallest gear ratios at lower speeds even if you put your foot down a bit once there. I can easily get through a normal commute without breaking 2k RPM. The torque converter seems to lock up at anything above parking lot speeds. There are a couple of quirks, however, such as the fact that it doesn't go for 6th under 48mph. The manual shift gate has an answer for that. All I have to do is slide it over and give it a bump. The computer will let me do whatever I want with the gear selector as long as the ICE winds up somewhere between cold idle and redline. It's far from responsive, but it does work. Then there is the relief. I have been having trouble with my knees and shoulders for a while. My assumption was that it was an inevitable problem that was simply exacerbated by an ill-fitting car. I might have been wrong about that. This is the first week I have gone in years without some amount of pain in my right knee. I can actually get far enough away from the pedals not to be cramped, and the steering wheel has enough travel to stay well within reach. I don't have ridiculously high hopes for FE. I can easily match EPA highway (25mpg) around town according to the standard aFCD. Highway numbers north of 30mpg at reasonable speeds should be a cake walk despite the poor aero. That should put LMPG in the mid to high 20s. Still, considering my alternatives I could have done a whole lot worse. I also got a hell of a deal on it. Most people in the northeast think they **need** AWD, and this was one of the few FWD wagons available. I ended up with a 3.5 year old car for roughly 1/2 its original MSRP without getting flogged on my trade. So I'm pretty psyched. It isn't the car I would have designed from scratch or purchased with cost no object, but it's exactly the right vehicle for the situation given what's available in this price bracket. It is also my 3rd Volvo, so I know what I'm getting into. And the tech is actually pretty neat even if it doesn't fit into the normal realm for this site.