A Closer Look At Cars And Which Age Group They Favor
As a group, internet users love finding out more about themselves based on things that don’t matter. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve clicked on a post somewhere along the lines of finding out which Tim Burton Movie I’d be based on my breakfast preference (fried eggs = Alice in Wonderland, for some reason). So I thought I’d compile a list of cars that correspond to age based on a variety of factors.
- Which car is most popular witch which age group?
- Which car makes the most sense for each age stereotype?
- Which amenities are important and attainable in each age group?
We’d all like to think we are Lamborghini’s, but there’s a chance we’re just Hondas.
The Terrible Teens
Photo courtesy of Best Car Mag
Why the terrible teens?
Because driving is an incredibly scary thing for teenagers. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for all U.S. teenagers. Because of this, teenage drivers should be all about safety. Whether or not they are is a totally different story. The other thing about teenagers is that they tend to care about appearances, they are usually on top of what’s popular, and they like to go fast. Combining all of these factors leaves the Kia Optima or Jeep Patriot.
Both vehicles look cool, are rated high in overall safety, and newer models have all the newest infotainment. It’s not exactly a sports car or a luxury model, but still pretty rad alternatives for the image conscience walking disasters that many teenagers are.
Photo courtesy of Test Drivez
Twentysomethings are not exactly teens, but not quite grownups yet either. People in their twenties are finally able to drink, are tossed into adulthood and expected to sink or swim, and are discovering their independence. This decade is meant for making mistakes, realizing them, handling them on your own, and moving on to the next. You learn and you grow. It’s a time for travel, exploration, adventure, and fun. Twentysomethings are always on the go and discovering new things. This brings me to the Mustang GT and the Subaru WRX.
Both vehicles are fast, loud, and a little bit too much. They might not be practical, but they will get you where you want to go quickly.
Photo courtesy of Speed Cars
Grownups have finally grasped the concept of being productive members of society. They have children, a family, and a career. Maybe they have a night out with friends on occasion, but they would rather go to dinner and get home at a reasonable hour. Mortgages, meal prep, bed time, and budgeting fill time for the grownups. When they want to have fun they plan vacations well in advance and utilize their paid time off at work. Grownups need dependability and security. The Lexus Crossover and Buick LaCrosse are two vehicles that topped the list for most reliable car brands in 2015. If grownups were a car, they’d be something that looks sleek and cool but is still reliable and practical.
Photo courtesy of Telegraph
Adult grownups are grownups that are just a little more adultier. They’ve raised kids, mastered home ownership, have climbed the ranks in their careers, and spend their time reveling in the wisdom they’ve attained over the years. Adult grownups are no nonsense, are at a point in their life where they get to have a little fun again, and have the means to enjoy the nicer things in life without having little kids running around. They are accomplished and ready for their second round as humans that aren’t raising tiny humans. Enter the Jaguar F-Type Coupe and the BMW M3.
These two cars are just cool. Midlife crisis be damned, adult grownups are all about graduating to the nicer things in life, living in the fast lane again, and doing whatever they please. These two cars play by their own rules.
Relax by the pool, retire abroad, and live life how it was meant to be lived. Silver foxes are done with the world of responsibility. They have retired, can sell their homes and travel the world if they want, or stay exactly where they are and watch SportsCenter all day. While retirement might be a tricky thing for some, others are retiring with more than they need. But whatever the financial situation might be, a silver fox’s culture and sophistication is all in their attitude. They are refined, prefer luxury, and might actually be in the place where luxury is attainable. Think Richard Gere, Meryl Streep, and George Clooney.
Which cars set the standard for comfort and luxury?
The Rolls-Royce Phantom and the Bentley Mulsanne are the vehicular versions of class and indulgence.
Just as our age changes who we are, our likes, interests, and lifestyle, many car brands change each make based on those likes, interests, and lifestyles. Each car exemplifies the most common attributes of that age group whether it be exuberance, reliability, or luxury. But really, age is all in your mind, if you are a silver fox with the attitude of a twentysomething then maybe a WRX is right for you. Either way, though, at least you’re not a Pinto.