A car is more than just a mode of transportation. It is an extension of your person. It can reflect your values, your politics, and your personality as much as your clothing, house, and job do. Many people spend hours in their car every day, commuting to work, running errands, or just driving for pleasure. If you want to find a car that closely matches your personality, keep these things in mind.
Many cars are preferred by specific age groups. Minivans and station wagons suggest soccer moms as do many SVUs. Surprisingly, Corvettes, which are considered sports cars, are more associated with middle aged driver than a younger demographic. It’s considered to be the premiere mid-life crisis car. Most younger drivers can’t afford expensive flashy cars, but seek out newer models like the revamped Dodge Challenger or the Cube.
The Green Club insists on driving hybrid or electric cars that prove their environmental cred. Seek out a Prius, Leaf, or Volt to emphasize this part of your personality. Other options, depending on driving needs and income include the Toyota RAV4 or Tesla SUVs which now come in all-electric versions, a smart car or a Tesla roadster or sedan.
In general fast cars indicate a personality that likes to take risks and has a flamboyant personality. If you want to be noticed and prove you’re successful, seek out a sports car or racing car that broadcasts those traits. Just remember, if you’re over a certain age, the message you’ll be sending is that you’re trying to recapture your youth.
Luxury cars, especially pricier European models, show that you want the best things out of life — and that you can afford them. If there’s a gap between your actual lifestyle and the brand of your car, it can communicate that you are class-obsessed and want to appear richer than you are.
Some trucks fall into the workhorse category, suggesting that you are a solid, working class American who loves their Ford (or Chevy) and uses it for practical purposes. Monster-sized trucks and 4x4s send a message that you’re aggressive and will “drive right over” anyone who gets in your way.
On top of choosing the right car, you need to consider what the color of the car says about your personality. There are numerous color guides available on the internet, but here are a few quick notes on what specific colors mean:
- black — elegance, classic, powerful, not easily manipulated
- white — pure, clean, direct, hard to please
- light/mid blue — calm, unshakable, faithful
- dark blue — confident, authoritative, trustworthy
- red — bold, sensual, high energy, outgoing, craves attention
- orange — creative, original, artistic, charming
- green — well-balanced, traditional, trustworthy
- yellow — joyful, sunny disposition, young at heart