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Showcase with car and driver

Editor-in-Chief Mike Fazioli is in charge of CDit’s money. It manages our budget, approves our expense reports and remunerates our contributors. So when he came to us with a car purchase request, the Window Shop team kicked in.

Faz – we call him Faz and you can do that too – needs a car for her three children to share. Her youngest is still in high school, and the other two have returned from college for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19. And being the grandpa and generous soul that he is, he would love to buy a vehicle so they can get to school, work, and maybe even social distancing barrel parties. Faz set the budget at $ 4,000 and asked for something safe, reliable and close to his home in Michigan. He also requested all-wheel drive, as the dirt roads around his house are not cleared of snow in the winter, but that is not a deciding factor.

Our choices range from really boring to weird and boring. Contributor Jonathon Ramsey chooses a leather-lined first-generation Audi Allroad that appears to be well-maintained, but reliability fears sideline it. Assistant Test Director KC Colwell unearths an all-wheel-drive Passat wagon that looks good but might have too much horsepower for editor Joey Capparella to accept. Watch until the end – or skip to the last few minutes – and you’ll see what could very well be the nicest Ford Aerostar there is, plus a commercial that you won’t be able to get out of your head.

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