Car Style Guide
By Teddy Field
The way a guy dresses tells the world a lot about who he is. For example, I typically wear a polo shirt, chinos, sunglasses and a bluetooth. As you might expect, I live in a trendy downtown apartment, drink an odd brand of whiskey, and drive a convertible sports car. According to Google, I’m “preppy”…although most of my friends use the term “douchebag” (I suppose screaming into the bluetooth while hauling ass with the top down does fit the stereotype). But the look isn’t intentional, and neither is the car. I wear Izod polos and drive an obnoxious convertible because they fit my life. And after years of reveling in my own awesomeness, I’ve learned that if you want to achieve zen, your car and personal style should be an extension of your actual world. Not some lame attempt at following the latest fad. So let’s look at some popular styles and see what kind of car should be hanging in your closet…
Business Casual – 2015 Lexus IS350 F Sport
If you’ve been working your way up the corporate ladder, then your wardrobe no doubt contains at least three slim-cut blazers, and an assortment of flattering khakis. A comfortable, reliable car is definitely necessary. But it also needs to be nice enough to carry your drunken co-workers / bosses home from Applebee’s on Tequila Tuesdays. Because nothing says ‘hard worker’ like giving your boss a comfortable backseat to pass out in.
If this describes your life, then say hello to the 2015 Lexus IS350 F Sport. It’s an MBA on wheels but it’s also entertaining enough to relieve your stress on the way home from work. For example, you’ve been waiting around all day for an updated T114 form, so you can close that deal with WidgetCorp. But the idiot in the Atlanta office never faxed it to you. Now at this point, you could relieve your frustration by trying to hit the janitor in the head with company-branded stress balls, while he obliviously mops the floor, listening to La Vita Loca on his iPod. Or, you could just stomp the Go-Pedal in your Lexus, and let 306 precision Japanese horsepowers wash all your troubles away. The sharp rear wheel drive chassis and F Sport suspension, make the IS a stress relieving blast in the curves. And the 5.5 second, 0-60 time means that you’ll get home in time for Shark Week.
Lexus worked very hard to create a sports sedan that rivals the BMW 3-Series and Audi A4. The available active suspension (AVS) sharpens the car’s reflexes, allowing you to switch from comfortable cruiser to corner-carving mode by simply turning the Drive Mode Select knob on the console. And the cabin is full of leather-lined ergonomic goodness, just like its German rivals. So if you need a car that exudes professionalism, without sacrificing comfort or reliability, then check out it 2015 Lexus IS 350 F Sport.
2015 Lexus IS 350 F Sport
Starting at $44k
Power: 306-hp – 3.5L V6
MPG: 19 city / 28 hwy / 22 combined
Hipster – 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI Clean Diesel
Do you like to sit in the park reading vintage poetry books, while listening to Pink Floyd on your iPod 16? Did you blog about the spinach-wheatgrass muffin that you had for breakfast? If so, then you probably have a closet full of vintage plaid shirts, skinny jeans, and a bunch of retro t-shirts that you found at the thrift store. Your current ride is probably some iconic hunk of metal that runs on French fry grease, and is painted a suitably earth tone shade of brown. But that Volvo 240 D isn’t going to last forever, so why not upgrade to a new diesel wagon that flips a proverbial bird at modern consumerism?
The 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI is based on the new Mk7 Golf platform, and it’s powered by VW’s excellent 2.0L turbodiesel. The styling is sleek and modern, yet it’ll still stand out at the local Farmer’s Market. Inside, you’ll find a blend of retro and modern, with tasteful metallic trim bits, and lots of 70’s-era padded vinyl touch points. Standard upholstery is V-tex Leatherette (see: Vinyl), so no cows had to die in the making of your car. Plus, this V-Dub offers an SUV-like 66 cu-ft of cargo capacity, which is more than enough to handle those ‘treasures’ that you find on the side of the road.
The turbocharged 2.0 liter TDI chunks out 236 lb-ft of torque, which gives the Golf Sportwagen a spunky, athletic demeanor. It’s also quite earth-friendly, with a fuel economy rating of 31 city / 42 highway / 35 combined. Although, hypermiling with the standard 6-speed manual (an automatic is available) will probably get you a whole lot more mpg on the highway. So if you’re ready to step-up to a new car that’s stylish and practical, but still defies convention, then put on your Ray Ban’s and go get some Fahrvergnügen (ask Siri what it means).
2015 VW Golf SportWagen TDI Clean Diesel
Starting at $25k
Power: 150-hp – 2.0L turbodiesel
MPG: 31 city / 42 hwy / 35 combined
Outdoorsy / Jock – 2015 Chevrolet Colorado
Do you like to hunt, fish, surf, play contact sports, climb things, go mountain biking, camping, or take part in any activity that makes wearing camouflage socially acceptable? Then your clean clothes pile is probably full of blue jeans, shorts, and a bunch of wildly colored t-shirts that’re made from that silky breathable material. If this describes your ‘active lifestyle’, then you’re going to love the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado.
This tough looking Tacoma-sized pickup from Chevrolet offers the toughness of ladder frame construction, with a selection of modern powertrains, including a 200-hp 4-cylinder and a 305-hp 3.6L V6. You can have a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic, 4WD, a locking rear differential, and an immensely capable off-road version called the Chevrolet Colorado Z71. There’s a 6.2 ft bed, a 5 ft bed (both offer integrated bumper steps, and an available EZ-Lift tailgate), a 4-seat extended cab, a roomy 5-seat crew cab, and a raft of optional cargo handling, towing, and off-road equipment.
The inside looks tastefully modern and there are all sorts of convenience features. Like a built-in 4G WiFi hotspot (so you can stream Redneck Island / SportsCenter from…anywhere), a backup camera, 2 USB charging ports, optional heated front seats, a bangin’ Bose audio system, remote start, and an Idiot-Alert system that beeps if you’re about to hit something. So whether you need a basic work truck, or a luxurious basecamp, the 2015 Chevy Colorado has you covered…Bro.
2015 Chevy Colorado
Starting at $20k
Power: 200-hp – 2.5L 4cyl / 305-hp – 3.6L V6
MPG: Depends on Configuration