You are what you drive.
Consumer Reports, the bible of consumerism, a few years ago equated the cars we drive with the clothing we wear. It’s one way we make a statement, the magazine said.
Cars “make you feel a certain way when you are in them and convey an image to the world.”
It’s like the adage, “you are what you eat.”
If you eat ketchup, you’re a tomato. A steak eater is a cow and if you eat doughnuts, you’re a cop.
That kinda thing.
LACar.com posed a few questions: for instance, do car owners take on the personality of the car they drive? Do car owners and their cars begin to look like each other?
The web site even had a few observations.
The driver of a Buick LeSabre, it said, is older than 34 of the 50 states.
A Chevrolet Corvette driver is in a mid-life crisis and a Honda Accord driver is a lemming.
A Volvo V70 wagon owner is afraid of his wife and the driver of a Toyota Prius is “an actor and this is a Screen Actors Guild dress code requirement.”
There are not a lot of Priuses in Colorado Springs. But there are a lot of Dodge Ram pickups.
Tough guy trucks. Guts, Glory, Ram.
Actor Sam Elliott is the voice behind those ads and you don’t get much more rugged.
I’m betting some Ram drivers bought just because Elliott endorsed them.
Heck, there’s even a Facebook site called “Sam Elliott should do voiceovers for every commercial.”
There is some truth to the thought that we are, indeed, what we drive.
When you see the driver of a Hummer, an image comes to mind. Same thing with a Mercedes, Volkswagen Beetle, convertibles and pickups.
Minivans are for moms.
Hummers are for men who want to be muy macho and are willing to pay big sums of money to get there.
Mercedes reeks of ego. Well…that’s what the studies say.
If I could afford one, I’d sure buy it.
For me, cars have included a 1956 Chevy, 1966 Mustang, 1965 fastback Mustang, 1969 Roadrunner, 1964 Chevy Nova, 1969 Pontiac Firebird, Fiat X19, Fiat 800, Toyota MR2, Datsun 280Z, AMC Gremlin, Plymouth Duster, Buick Regal, Toyota Celica convertible, Toyota pickup, Oldsmobile van, Mitsubishi Montero, Honda Accord, 1972 Chevy pickup, Jeep Wrangler, Honda Accord.
What do you or your significant other drive? And what does it say about you?
COMMENT SO FAR (like driving down memory lane)
Amra Leo · Top Commenter · Woodland Park, Colorado
Christopher Mcfadden · Top CommenterMy first car was a 64 T-Bird hardtop with a 390. A few years back I bought a Kenmoore Green 65 T-Bird convertible and did a frame up restoration with a color change to Lexus 300 tri color pearl white. I got 40k for that car when I sold it. Can’t say I ever got that kind of a return on ANY car before or since that purchased was new and sold used.