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Autopians Have Hearts Bigger Than The World’s Smallest Four-Seat Car: COTW

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For many, if not most people, a car is just an appliance that escorts you from A to B reliably and safely. For others, the human condition and cars are deeply entangled together. Would you be where you are today if it weren’t for a certain car or the adventures you took with it? I know cars and I will forever be connected like the earbuds and USB cables hopelessly tangled at the bottom of your bag right now.

We didn’t run COTD on Friday, so enjoy a Comment Of The Weekend!

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Still, it’s not always easy talking about the personal side of a car adventure. Earlier this week, I wrote about the honeymoon trip I took with my wife. We drove her Scion iQ from northern Illinois to the Grand Canyon and back on an unforgettable voyage. Your comments were touching. One comment that warmed my heart was from Clark B:

Mercedes, I just want to say how amazing it’s been to read your work and to see the representation you bring to the car community. I grew up in the same, “gay is the worst thing you could be” type of household, and coming out wasn’t pleasant. I was even sent to conversion therapy for a while. I’ve told this story before, but my friends 2004 Pontiac Sunfire was the car that may well have saved my life. I had my own cars, but when my best friend picked me up, we would drive around for hours, chain smoking and listening to music, and helping me figure myself out, as I had finally left the church and accepted myself for who I was. Things with my folks are infinitely better now, and my fiancee is part of the family, even for my small town, octogenarian grandparents. But the freedom of getting out of my parents house when I was 17, hopping in the car and just leaving all that shit behind, with the most amazing best friend (and we still are!), that probably saved me from…well, I’ll just say that without her and our drives, I don’t know if I would be here today.

I love how car culture is finally becoming more inclusive, and again I thank you for your role in that! It sounds like the two of you had a lovely time on your trip. I’m hoping to follow in your footsteps one day, with my best friend and my 1972 Super Beetle.

Of course, I know how you feel, Clark B. I’m happy to hear things have gotten infinitely better for you. They have for me, too! It took a lot of years, but my parents are on board nowadays. Or, at the very least, they are to my face. One day, you will take that trip, and I hope we get to hear about it!

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Many of your comments, like this one from Diana Slyter, were short and to the point. They’re equally as lovely!

Just did a MN-FL-MN road trip and had a great time at BMW airhead tech days, good to see more trans folks defying the haters and enjoying this great country and it’s good people!

As well as this one from Tim R:

Thanks for sharing this Mercedes. We have a trans daughter so I’m grateful to you for using your platform to share your story.

Once again, I thank all of you for the kind words. I won’t say that the car and motorcycle worlds are perfect, but our readers are a shining example that there’s a lot to love about cars and the people who love them.

Changing gears, our engineer contributor Huibert Mees drove a Volvo EX30 on ice in Sweden. Angrycat Meowmeow’s takeaway is one that still shocks me about EVs:

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3.4s to 60 is absurd. My tuned S5 is right around there. It may be becoming the norm, but it’s still crazy fast and before you know it you’re doubling the speed limit. And it’s not just about the speed limit, other drivers don’t expect that rate of acceleration out of an appliance! Think about it, you’re first in line at a red light thinking “I’m gonna give it the beans when this light turns green” and some jabroni in his Ram or Tahoe or Corolla says “Their light just turned, I can make my right before this traffic gets going and cut off this whole line of traffic”. Buddy isn’t expecting your white Volvo to accelerate like a damn Lamborghini and before either one of you know it both of your cars are a twisted mess of batteries and gasoline. This is a regular ass commuter car for crying out loud. Even a 5.1 0-60 is spicy for what this car is intended for. Like, imagine if Honda sold a CRV that could do 0-60 in 3 seconds. It’s absurd to think about, but when it’s an electric car you’re kinda like “yeah that’s about normal”.

It still blows my mind how fast electric motorcycles are. Just twist and hold on. Over the weekend, Joe Ligo explained the various reasons why small cars are so deeply unpopular in America. Lizardman in a human suit offers a different perspective on why smaller cars are cool:

As a truck driver, I don’t understand why everyone wants big vehicles. They are a pain to drive. My personal vehicle is a yaris. Why? After spending all week planning every move I make to avoid running over things, it is nice to just be able to throw my car at a parking space and still be in the lines

That’s it for tonight, folks. Thank you so much for being so awesome!

 

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Vetatur Fumare
Vetatur Fumare
16 days ago

I’m with Lizardman. I have to ride around with Contractors in their Laramie XLT Bighorns from time to time; permanently empty beds don’t make these things any more fun in NYC traffic.

Creative Username
Creative Username
16 days ago

Mercedes, your writing is just incredible, I just joined to thank you for blazing a trail and contributing so much to Autopian! Your range of interest is amazing and I look forward to more in-depth stories.

Clark B
Clark B
16 days ago

Oh wow, never had COTD before! Thanks Mercedes, I am so glad things have worked out for us both, in the end.

ChefCJ
ChefCJ
16 days ago
Reply to  Clark B

Congrats, my new VW BFF. If that road trip take you through Texas, let me know, the wife and I would love to get a beer with you

Clark B
Clark B
16 days ago
Reply to  ChefCJ

I will let you know for sure!! It’ll be a while, the Beetle needs some extensive rust repair, but I’m saving money now so I can get that taken care of and finally have the car in the shape I want it.

Angrycat Meowmeow
Angrycat Meowmeow
16 days ago

Got dang went from never had a COTD to two in rapid succession. I’m smokin’ like a totaled Tesla!

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
16 days ago

I live to give it the beans. I love the beans. Just call me Captain Fartwind.

Toecutter
Toecutter
16 days ago
Reply to  Stef Schrader

Just remember: NEVER trust a fart.

Zeppelopod
Zeppelopod
16 days ago

I’m so glad the Autopian has you on board, Mercedes. I’ve really been enjoying your motorcycle reviews, especially of the “small cheap new-ish bike” variety. In a time when anti-trans bigotry is growing louder and louder it’s much appreciated to have voices like yours: out, proud, and doing what you love. All the best to you and the wifey.

EXL500
EXL500
16 days ago
Reply to  Zeppelopod

Big ditto from this out gay man…since 1977.

Morgan van Humbeck
Morgan van Humbeck
16 days ago

Well daggum if this ain’t the greatest website on the interwebs. Y’all are the best. I literally get more depressed on weekends because there’s less Autopian

Greensoul
Greensoul
16 days ago

Mercedes, your articles are always well researched and wonderful. I signed up for this site because you ad the bonus of RV articles to the Autopian. David has threatened to live out of an Aztec for a week if 200 people get memberships in April. If 300 people sign up can we all make him live out of your IQ for a week? That would make for some crazy David driven post for sure!
Keep being your awesome lover of everything with wheels self please.

Tagarito
Tagarito
16 days ago
Reply to  Greensoul

Aztek: shower penne
iQ: shower macaroni

Grey alien in a beige sedan
Grey alien in a beige sedan
16 days ago
Reply to  Tagarito

Dodge Ram: Shower Dunkaroos

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
16 days ago

Nissan Altima: Shower Night Train

(I tried camping in mine once. It sucked as much as the car.)

Last edited 16 days ago by Stef Schrader
Mechjaz
Mechjaz
16 days ago
Reply to  Stef Schrader

*shudder*

After being locked out of my mom’s house one visit, I tried to sleep in the backseat of the Sentra. I am six feet tall. It is not six feet wide. Also it was 28 degrees, and I wasn’t set up to camp in the least.

I got a hotel after 2 hours.

Geekycop .
Geekycop .
15 days ago
Reply to  Mechjaz

I don’t envy you that, my worst one was sleeping in the extended cab of the mazda b4000 I had at the time because I was too tired to drive the 60 miles home after my graveyard shift at the prison. I think your sentra might be even more cramped.

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
15 days ago
Reply to  Mechjaz

Man, I ended up sleeping on MSR-Houston’s upper deck the second night after I tried sleeping in the Altima. The Altima has a frickin’ hump in the middle of the backseat that even made me — a frequent couchsurfer who still probably gets mail at Harris Hill — pretty damn uncomfortable.

Good-for-nothing car. 0/10, do not recommend for anything, ever, at all, nope. Just nope.

Meanwhile, the viewing deck over the garages at MSR-Houston? Lovely. Folks pitch tents up there for good reason, and even if you’re sans tent, there’s a shade over the whole thing and some extra shelter from the railings. You get a nice cross-breeze that keeps the Gulf Coast air from going full swamp-crotch. It’s genuinely nice.

Last edited 15 days ago by Stef Schrader
Geekycop .
Geekycop .
15 days ago
Reply to  Stef Schrader

Postal jeep: shower cheese of the month club

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
15 days ago
Reply to  Geekycop .

I’m surprised I haven’t tried Shower Cheese yet. I had some shower squid ink pasta a while ago, though, just for the meme. It was okay.

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