This is going to be the first of a daily series of sorts (until June 9) in which I plague Oppo with my ramblings as part of my LSAT prep. The exam’s final section is an essay you have 35 minutes to complete. The theme is arguing a position on an issue with no “right” answer. So without further ado... here is 35 minutes of bullshit. I have to stop at 35 no matter how ridiculous or stupid the essay is. It’s also important to note that the essay is not scored AKA it doesn’t change your LSAT score, but it does go to all of the schools you apply to. It’s important that I train this skill as I graduated from college 4 years ago and haven’t done anything like this since then. So without further ado... here goes nothing:
I have owned both sedans and coupes. A 635csi, a Q45, and my current car, a modified 2009 WRX (big brake kit, intake/downpipe/exhaust + tune). Of course, I have also been in a wide variety of sedans and coupes, and even a driven a few friends’ cars. Both body styles have their advantages. But which one makes the most sense for daily driving? The answer is not black and white, of course, but the nature of this exercise mandates that I must choose one over the other and make my case.
Lets start with a definition: what is a daily driver? Its the car you use for everything if you only have one vehicle, or if you have a few, its the workhorse that does grocery runs, hauls kids (fuck that, large dogs are so much better), and most importantly, the commute. The wide variety of tasks your DD must be competent at makes assessing this dilemma somewhat difficult. For that reason, I will be working off a few basic assumptions:
- You commute for around 1 hour per day (that’s the US average)
- You have family, friends, and colleagues you need to drive around at least two or three times per week.
- You either do not need a truck, or have one anyway for non-DD purposes.
- You don’t live in the city, so all errands must be completed in a car.
- You are a car enthusiast who loves to drive something that excites you.
With that out of the way, let’s examine the basics of the coupe. What is the point of a coupe? Well... they make a statement. The proportions are just right. You’re announcing that you don’t need that extra space either because you care more about enjoying your car than the practical aspects of driving something else, or maybe just “because you can” in a status symbol sense. In most cases, given how ridiculously small the “insurance seats” of many high performance coupes are, the coupe has to take a loss in the practicality department for two reasons.
The first problem is that not only do you have a small back seat, but also that your manager and the head of sales are going to have to decide which one of them is going to scramble into the back of your 911. Not good! “This guy...” they’re thinking as they risk tearing their pants to step over the seat. “what a showoff with this car!” Sure, you can and should say that as an auto enthusiast, buying cars based on what other people will think is just doing it wrong and should not be a consideration. However, if you are driving a coupe as your only car, you can and will encounter this problem. Furthermore, the smaller back seat also makes the “fold them down/slide a 2x4 through the trunk and into the cabin”test much more difficult. Furthermore, the proportions that result from the coupe’s emphasis on aesthetics tend to shrink the trunk as well.
Driving dynamics and overall smile factor are definitely a consideration here too, and in both of those categories, the coupe wins hands down. They’re smaller and therefore lighter than their sedan counterparts when built on the same chassis, are easier to park, and they just look fucking awesome. That moment when you look back at your ride after parking it is more likely to be truly glorious if you’re driving a Carrera S instead of a Panamera.
Now, onto the sedans. This is where things get interesting. Some benefits are obvious and others, less so. First, lets cut to the chase re: the lack of aesthetic punch. A 5 series? They’re everywhere. But a 6? Now that’s special. That has presence and you definitely don’t see one every day. I think the F10 is a gorgeous car, but at the end of the day, your 550i M sport looks so close to a 4 cylinder 528i that nobody other than a BMW nerd is going to notice.
Lets dig into that further. One of the reason fast sedans are great is that the non-enthusiast’s simplistic view of cars goes like this: coupes are fast and flashy, sedans are practical family cars. Nobody has any idea that your S550 is actually extremely quick. Way faster than their friend’s V6 eclipse which you think is the best thing since sliced bread because it has two doors. This is an advantage when you’re bombing back roads, parking at the office, and convincing your significant other that your interest in accruing speeding tickets has an element of practicality to it. You can take friends out to dinner, drive your spawn around, and fill the trunk AND back seat up with groceries or plywood if you must. Dogs too! Those are important.
Lets bring both sedans and coupes together now for a daily driving comparison. What do you do when you’re having an average wednesday? You commute, park in the office, commute again, and then park somewhere to pick up some garam masala for the chicken curry you’re trying to cook tonight. Good luck, that shit is a real pain in the ass. But always worth it!
So... the coupe will feel more special even when you’re sitting in traffic, and most likely, be more fun on an onramp or twisty section of your drive to work. It also looks better in the work parking lot, which makes you smile when you look out the window. The coupe will also be easier to park before you buy a back seat’s worth of paper towels because they were on sale.
But that’s when the sedan will take over. Its back seat can hold all the paper towels so there’s room for the actual shopping bags in the trunk. The sedan’s space also makes it better at transporting your fatass coworkers because they can fit in the back seat without tearing the ass of their chinos trying to scramble over the back seat. But the sedan will be discrete and attract less negative attention from non-enthusiasts who just don’t get it. You can haul ass on the way home from Stop and Shop in a slightly more discrete way.
I think it is safe to say that for a daily driver, a sedan is much better. These days, its not like driving dynamics are that much different beyond a little extra weight. Furthermore, sedans can be good looking too. Put simply, sedans are cool too and also way more practical. Sure, you don’t want your panamera on a back road, you want your 911. But the panamera would still be fun and you might not get that ticket the statie gave you for being a douche in a sports car.
Time stamp. Cut it wayyyyy to close! I’m going to shoot for 30 next time. Of course, this does not include time for adding photos or writing the first paragraph. Love this watch, its so much fun... long live the eighties!