QOTD: Frequently Jumping to Car Conclusions?

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
qotd frequently jumping to car conclusions

We’ve all been there. It happens so often we don’t even realize it. Somewhere on the horizon, something appears — a vague shape, some sort of vehicle. Within seconds of said vehicle entering your field of vision, you’ve already made up your mind about its owner.

You’re so judgmental!

Today’s inquiry was inspired by a Twitter conversation the other day. What started out as a quick comment on the Chevrolet SS turned into a multi-party exposition on the life and times of Monte Carlo owners. There were comedy moments and photos, a coworker story from Chris Tonn, and Adam Tonge might have angered a NASCAR fan.

Reading through the thread (which continued late into the evening, past my bedtime), I realized the strength of the judgment put upon Monte Carlo owners. With such wide-ranging assumptions on a single car model, I knew the question which needed asked on these pages. Which vehicles most often cause rapid-fire judgment of their owners? Guilt by association.

These judgments are likely wrong at least some (most?) of the time. But in the case of the Monte Carlo, the peanut gallery’s judgment was consistent and not subject to much dissenting opinion.

Realizing how this subject might instantly fall into a pit of unpleasantness, we’re not asking for an explanation of the specific reasons you judge owners of the vehicles you’ll put forth, just the vehicles which cause such reactions. For example, I have a few knee-jerk judgments when I see BMW X5s in particular.

Let’s hear about the vehicles you judge the most; we’ll see if any come close to the Monte Carlo.

[Image: General Motors]

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  • Bobtheowl Bobtheowl on Aug 30, 2018

    The only cars I judge (possibly unfairly) are Honda Accord coupes. To me it seems like they tend to fit more of the BMW driver stereotype. They'll tailgate you when traffic is moving slowly, camp in the left lane when traffic is moving quickly, generally don't use turn signals, and change lanes without looking to see if anyone's there. Oddly enough I typically don't notice these sorts of issues with BMW drivers.

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