Recently, at age 37 I bought my first hot hatch. I've had similar cars before, a previous generation Focus sedan, a Saabaru 9-2X Aero, etc. But this is the first one that truly meets the criteria. So I now find myself explaining it to people. Curious.
Now a lot of Opponauts will quickly race to post that nobody else's opinion matters. Got it, you are so confident in life that you eschew the validation of all others. I understand. But this time, I had to convince my kids it was "hot", and that was something I actually cared about.
If you read through my post above, you'll see I traded in a Mustang GT convertible (and a Suburban) for the new ST. The Stang needed no explanation. It was loud, topless, and low. So pretty much the automotive equivalent of Ke$ha. You know what you are getting, people didn't need to ask what it is. But my 10 year old son's first question, upon seeing it was "Is that a rental"?
Truth is, I've spent so much in legal fees trying to get more time with them, we did need to cut back. So the Lexus, Suburban and Mustang went away in exchange for a new Fusion and Focus. 30mpg (ish) each and a pretty decent payment, much cheaper than the other 3. So now back to my problem, and how I dealt with it, in case you find yourself in a similar situation.
I found that it eventually it speaks for itself. Recaro seats help too.
We were heading out to dinner, and my oldest son, and 7 year old daughter were in the back. As we pulled onto the highway, he was leaning forward taking a look at the Recaro's side bolsters with a sort of "Obama not bad" face. I ran it through 1st and 2nd gear and, as he said "I couldn't lean forward anymore".
That seems to be the case with coworkers and the like. My go-to explanation is "It's just as fast (or likely faster) than the Mustang and gets better MPG. Oh and I'm saving money each month". That seems to work. Worst case, they think I have an "eco" car, heck it even says it on the back of both of our cars. And because of the hippies in Hollywood, that's sadly sort of cool.
I would like a Tesla actually.
So do any of you have interesting stories about having to explain what your car is and why it's special?
Will is an automotive writer and regular contributor to Right Foot Down. Based in Maryland, he has had a long history of founding failed automotive sites and spending way too much time on car forums. He has owned "too many Mustangs" according to Josh and has a fetish for RWD V8s. He spent most of his 20s on tracks in the mid-atlantic and killing cones in parking lots and has even taught at a teen performance driving school.