By definition, a car is a mobile machine that transports people or cargo from point A to point B. In reality of course, vehicles have far more significance than simply providing a convenient way to get to and from work.
As the stereotypes go; while women tend to personify their cars, giving them pet names, specific genders and personality traits, men actually covet and cherish these piles of metal and steel. Where women are more likely to develop a fond sentimentality to their car, a man’s passion for his vehicle is typically primal and unwavering. The relationship between males and their cars is an intimate experience that is blissfully low pressure, undemanding and pure.
Behind the wheel, men are seduced by an intoxicating blend of pleasure-inducing emotions: a sense of freedom, power, and adventure. And if all of this freedom, power and adventure can be delivered in a shiny chrome package sporting a crystal red tintcoat, perforated Mulan leather seats, 20” rear pearl nickel-painted aluminum wheels and shark grey painted exterior vents, all the better.
For many men, their car is an extension of themselves, or at least of who they want to be perceived as. As French playwright Francoise Sagan’s so aptly said, “Money may not buy happiness, but I'd rather cry in a Jaguar than on a bus.”
Whether it’s a conscious thought process or not, people judge a driver’s interests, tastes, even their net worth by the car they drive, and men are keenly aware of this. This probably explains why the latest international research on car buying trends found that women tend to opt for substance and practicality when choosing a car, while men prefer vehicles with great aesthetics and high performance features.
So what does the car you've invested all those dollars and emotions in say to others about your personality? Below, the facts are separated from fiction: What's the real truth about certain men who drive certain cars?
8 The Sports Car Guy
7 The Truck Guy
The stereotype: The truck driving man is a guy's guy who isn't afraid to get his hands dirty and is far too cool to even care what you think about him. He works hard, plays harder and enjoys the simple things in life.
6 The Hybrid Guy
5 The Oversized SUV Guy
The stereotype: Oversized SUV guy is an arrogant meathead who doesn't care about the environment, has no respect for money, other people’s safety or personal space.
4 The Muscle Car Guy
The stereotype: The muscle car owner is a guy with more money than sense, and the only thing cooler than his car’s chrome rims, custom fiber hood, exhaust tips and uber cool flame decals is the story about how it outran three cop cars at last weekend’s underground street racing meet.
3 The Minivan Guy
The stereotype: The minivan guy is a kid-toting, sandal and sock wearing, multitasking uber dad who is so off the market he doesn’t remember what the fuss about actually being on the market is all about anymore.
2 The Jeep Guy
Stereotype: Jeep guys are outdoorsy. Some would say there's also a correlation with Jeep Wranglers and a man's statement about his sexuality, as the Jeep Wrangler has bizarrely become known as a 'gay' car.
1 The Compact Car Guy
The stereotype: Compact cars and coupe drivers are ordinary run of the mill people that deserve neither disdain nor accolades. They’re mild mannered, hard working, middle class Joes of average income, and they put their pants on one leg at a time, just like everybody else.
The science: The appeal of the compact car encompasses such a wide demographic of buyers that it’s hard to pin down just one stereotype. Popular among cautious first time car buyers, pampered Millennials, the jaded Generation X crowd and even experienced baby boomers, confused car manufacturers are scratching their heads coming up with the best way to adapt and evolve the compact cars market for these diverse demographics.
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