Car makers design with comfort and ergonomics in mind. It’s why temperature gauges are grouped together in one area of your dashboard and your radio is grouped together in another (unless you drive a Dodge Journey). It’s why your mid-size sedan has enough cup holders for a family of 12. It’s also why your work truck has a step ladder built into the bed. The interior is where designers spend a considerable amount of time trying to make everything as user-friendly as possible.
Based on our experience, the armrest between the two front seats double as a dinner table and whoever said size of the armrest doesn’t matter clearly never tried to eat a McDonald’s Big Mac Meal (supersized, of course) in a Ford Aspire. When determining what kind of used car or truck you want to buy, consider your tastes. It’s all about accommodation. Do you like eating a bowl of spaghetti while cruising down the interstate? How about an empanada while driving the carpool? We never recommend eating and driving, but sometimes busy lives call for desperate measures. That’s why we’ve put together a handy guide to help you, foodie extraordinaire, figure out the best used car or truck to buy.
Italian Cuisine Foodies – Dodge Ram
It is unknown how many Italians designed the center armrest in the Dodge Ram, but one thing is certain, whoever designed it liked Italian cuisine. Forget dining-in at a restaurant. If you have a Ram, just order carry-out. Two helpings of Olive Garden’s unlimited salad and bread sticks can fit on top of this expansive armrest space. Don’t forget to save room because after your starters, a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs for two can easily be accommodated on this armrest/tabletop. To really class it up, light a candle on the dashboard.
BK Chicken Fry Foodies – Toyota Highlander
If you find yourself frequenting Burger King on a regular basis for an order of BK Chicken Fries, consider a used Toyota Highlander. With 11 cup holders, you can buy a weeks worth of chicken fries during one visit. The cup holders also double as waste receptacles. For example, instead of spending all that time to throw away empty chicken fry cartons, just put them in a rear cup holder. Your car will smell like a BK flame-broiled kitchen each time you open your car doors. If you’re not a BK Chicken Fry fan, the Highlander’s cup holders also serve as a perfect place for 7-Eleven Slurpees, Frosty’s, various milkshakes and/or coffee mugs.
Taco Bell Foodies – Ford Edge
The interior of the Ford Edge has something we like to call the “Crunchwrap Cubby.” Dimensioned perfectly to fit standard-sized Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supremes, the cubby is a perfect complement to any Taco Bell experience. The cubby is angled slightly downward which prevents sour cream, cheese, and Taco Bell sauce seepage which any foodie knows can ruin the Crunchwrap experience. The cubby isn’t exclusive to Taco Bell cuisine, however. It has room for two Hostess Pies (we recommend apple or cherry) or three bananas or a handful Kudos Bars.
Candy Foodies – Honda Odyssey
Rising concerns of childhood obesity means parents need to be extra vigilant about what their kids eat. Thus, parents should not buy a Honda Odyssey…especially after Halloween. The cabin of the Odyssey minivan has so many storage compartments, seat pockets and hiding spots for candy, it is fat kids dream. Not to mention, the ‘cool box’ beneath the center console performs wonderfully to prevent melting. If you’re confident in your ability to practice restraint from the sugary stuff, then buy an Odyssey. If not, consider something smaller, something without seat pockets or storage compartments or a ‘cool box.’
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