Car Shopping: Butch vs. Nerd
For me, this is car-shopping weekend. I was in an accident last month and totaled my Accord, and I'm down to the wire for finding a new (used) car.
The butch in me wants 4WD. It doesn't have to be huge--I just want to be able to throw my bike in the back (never mind that I'm not much of a cyclist; I'm nonetheless enamored with the idea), dart up the curvy road to my apartment in the rain without skidding, and maybe strap a kayak on top (never mind that I've only kayaked three times in my entire life). SUVs are fun to drive, but I loathe the SUV arms race (in which we all buy taller cars so that we can see around all the other people who bought taller cars so they could see better).
Ah, but the nerd in me... The nerd in me wants a Volvo... perhaps a used S40. Or something with amazingly good gas mileage. Something drool-inducingly safe. Side curtain airbags! High visibility!! Oh yeah, give it to me, baby!!
So this weekend, my butch side and my nerd side will endeavor to strike a compromise. What'll it be? A Subaru Impreza wagon? A "small" SUV? A RAV-4? A Civic? I'll keep you posted.
Meanwhile, what features do *you* think are essential for a butch's ride? A multi-disc changer and sweet sound system? Big cup holders? Roof racks? A Moon roof? Manual transmission?
5/22/2011 04:28:44 am
As a practical femme, I enjoy my 2004 Subaru Outback Wagon with AWD. It's roomy, has great cup holders, seat heaters, a cargo net (great for grocery bags), and a built-in compass. It handles great, grips the road, and I feel safe driving in all weather conditions. Mine is an automatic, and I'm grateful for it, especially in traffic. My first car was a manual transmission Honda CRX which I drove for 12 years. Even though I wouldn't choose another manual transmission, I'm glad to have that skill. Whatever style of vehicle you choose, make sure it really fits you, your body, your lifestyle. Tilt the seat back and imagine taking a nap in it at a rest stop crossing the country, or place one of those 4-drink holder cartons on the passenger seat, and see how balanced it stays when you dart off down the road. Probably sounds silly, but it just might make a difference in your decision.
5/22/2011 03:13:24 pm
Hi I like your blog even though I do not strongly identify as butch or femme. Do most of your readers identify as one or the other?
5/22/2011 03:23:18 pm
@ Elizabeth: I'm glad you like the blog and find it useful! I think your tips on figuring out which car is right for me is spot-on. Good to hear a thumbs-up for the Subaru.
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