This afternoon I somehow managed to lock myself out of my loaned Ford Contour with the key in the ignition. When the locksmith came and busted open the car with ease (using the same method I had been using but with a more solid metal rod) he made an interesting comment regarding the my dad’s X3, which was also in the driveway. He basically said that the newer BMW SUVs and some Range Rovers are the only mainstream vehicles that can’t easily be accessed by a locksmith, and that as such if we had called about the BMW we would have been turned down. He didn’t really specify why, but it’s nice to know that even if the badge-snob decriers are right about our car being the same as a Hyundai Tuscon in every other way, it is better at keeping the thieves out.