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Preppy Cars

I’m in a preppy place in New England and I notice the cars are different here than in prole parts of the New York metropolitan area.

The quick summary is that European cars are preppy, American cars are not preppy (except for Jeeps which are preppy), Korean cars are not preppy, Japanese cars are neither preppy nor unpreppy, except for Subarus which are preppy.

A longer answer is that there are three types of wealthy people:

1. Those who show off their wealth with an expensive luxury car. Especially European luxury cars.

2. Those who can afford an expensive car but choose not to own one because they are gauche or nouveau riche.

3. Those who are culturally preppy but not actually that rich.

Between category 1 and 2 are people who drive Volvos. I’ve seen lots of Volvos around here.

Especially popular SUVs are Range Rovers and Jeeps.

Other popular luxury brands are the Mercedes, Audi, BMW and Porsche. You see Japanese luxury brands, but they are not as popular as the European brands.

You see a lot more MINIs around here than in prole places.

Japanese cars are like the NFL, they cut across all social classes. But one Japanese brand in particular is preppy, and that’s Subaru.

Of course you do see Toyotas and Hondas, but you see as many Volkswagens as you do Toyotas, while in the rest of America there are three to four times as many Toyotas on the road as Volkswagens.

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I forgot to mention electric cars. Teslas are not preppy. Electric cars are not preppy.

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So the bottom line is, that if you want to drive something preppy, and you can’t afford a Volvo or a Range Rover, get a Subaru or a Volkswagen.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

September 7, 2021 at 1:20 PM

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  1. What is the upside to looking preppy?

    Jokah Macpherson

    September 7, 2021 at 3:39 PM

    • You get to hang out w/ other preppies because they see you’re a pretty cool dude.

      Of course, this is only an upside if you like preppies.


      September 8, 2021 at 10:41 AM

  2. What was the LION doing in NE when he could have been enjoying new york city in labor day.


    September 7, 2021 at 4:57 PM

  3. Everything about the automotive marketplace is several dimensions beyond insane today thanks to the Carmageddon. With new vehicles in desperately short supply, dealers – who have a legal monopoly that they exploit for all it’s worth – can charge just about anything they want, often thousands of dollars in excess of sticker price. As many hapless buyers are learning the hard way, a car’s MSRP (the sticker price) means “Manufacturer’s SUGGESTED Retail Price.” Note which word is highlighted.

    Needless to say, the best thing would-be car buyers can do is wait until things calm down. Which may not be until mid-2022 or even later. Unfortunately, some people don’t have the luxury of waiting, for example their older cars might be falling apart, or have been wrecked [side observation: it takes an utterly trivial amount of damage to relegate cars to junkyards], or they’re moving from urban areas with plentiful transit to places where cars are a necessity. These schmucks are going through an experience similar to that shown in the movie Deliverance.

    Getting back to your main point, it’s entirely true that there are owner stereotypes attached to certain vehicles. To name some:
    Cadillac (except the Escalade) = old people
    Nissan = blacks
    Subaru = lesbians
    Ford Explorer = suburban housewives
    4×4 pickups (some of which go for >$100K) = ultra-Alphas who can flatten the head warlords of the Crips or Bloods or MS-13 with one swing of their titanic fists and then score with the most magnificent chix in the nightclub
    Porsche 911 = middle-aged business tycoons with trophy wives 30 years younger than them.



    September 7, 2021 at 5:04 PM

  4. In the US, Mercedes and Volvo are considered luxury. In the rest of the world, they make reliable taxis. Both are very nice cars. Lesbaru’s are swpl striver cars.


    September 7, 2021 at 5:48 PM

  5. As far as Jeeps go, I believe only the Jeep Wranglers are preppy.

    Volvo is a Chinese company.

    “American” cars, with their corporate headquarters in the U.S.A, use a lot of overseas parts. Some of these manufacturers are more American than others.

    Too bad Saabs aren’t made anymore. They are preppy.

    On another note, as we know, a while back the NYT canceled free browsing via Incognito mode. I found a workaround! What you do is, immediately after the page loads but before the paywall goes up:

    1) you quickly hold down ctrl + a to highlight the content,
    2) then speedily hold down ctrl + c to copy everything.
    3) Then you paste the contents in a word pressing application.

    Presto! You can read the liberal rag for free!

    Return of Shawn

    September 7, 2021 at 6:13 PM

  6. Teslas are striver. People are very impressed by them!


    September 7, 2021 at 6:40 PM

  7. Teslas are nerdy. The greatest concentration is found in the parking lots of tech companies.

    Brian Bell (@bjwbell)

    September 7, 2021 at 6:58 PM

    • I’m a doctor and there are many Teslas in the doctors’ parking garage at my hospital.


      September 8, 2021 at 12:20 AM

    • Here in Europe Teslas are status cars – investment bankers drive them.

      Peter Akuleyev

      September 9, 2021 at 4:39 AM

    • I’ve heard girls “ooh” at Teslas. Anything that makes girls go “ooh” isn’t nerdy.


      September 10, 2021 at 8:41 AM

  8. One thing I’ve observed out in the ultrawealthy, ultra preppy Hamptons is pristinley maintained vintage cars, specifically tailored for a day at the beach, mainly convertibles on the one hand, and vintage land rovers on the other.

    Modern land rovers are also an extremely preppy vehicle, despite their assumedly poor fuel economy.


    September 7, 2021 at 7:38 PM

  9. I live on the side of a hill in rural north-central Ohio. Each winter our driveway is impassible for two to six weeks unless you have 4WD/AWD. Subaru is simply the cheapest such vehicle, and can be had for $25,000. A Jeep will run you at least $40,000 to $50,000. Only Gods can afford Audis.

    bob sykes

    September 8, 2021 at 9:25 AM

  10. What is amazing is how bad a range rover or land rover is for the environment. Also, did the Prius go from being preppy to not being preppy.


    September 8, 2021 at 9:41 AM

  11. I guess one doesn’t see many pick-up trucks in the preppy areas of New England. In most parts of FL, lined up at every intersection, there are large pick-up trucks, SUVs, and lawn care service vehicles. In the wealthy areas, you’ll see Teslas and Italian sports cars.

    E. Rekshun

    September 8, 2021 at 9:50 AM

  12. What did “The Preppy Handbook” have to say on this subject?

    Sgt. Joe Friday

    September 8, 2021 at 1:50 PM

  13. Caring about what is “preppy” is as outdated as caring about what tincture Czarina Alexandra drank to cure her puerperal fever.

    Judge Absalom

    September 8, 2021 at 2:26 PM

  14. Traditionally, preps did not drive expensive or luxury cars, but rather ordinary mid-level sedans like Buicks and station wagons. Or they would get Buick, Mercury, Toyota sedans loaded with all the best options so they were identical to the Cadillac, Lincoln, Lexus versions of the same car, but without the luxury branding.

    Expensive, luxury European cars are a yuppie thing, and yuppies as a class have taken over and genuine preppies are basically gone now.

    Range Rovers and the German luxury makes also cut across social classes to an extent. Proles, lower class types, blacks, etc will also drive them if they can afford them or on credit.


    September 8, 2021 at 9:13 PM

  15. Aren’t Acuras fairly preppy? They were certainly popular in my Bobo New England suburb 10 years ago, but I haven’t kept up.

    Peter Akuleyev

    September 9, 2021 at 4:38 AM

  16. The preppiest car there is is the Mercedes E class wagon, especially in navy. Incidentally it has the highest net worth owner of any car. Good for carrying your saddle to the stable. Also, old Saab 900 or BMW E36 3er convertibles in odd colors.

    Chris IV

    September 9, 2021 at 4:04 PM

  17. Off topic.

    Do you have any insight about California and any potential flight from there. Just asking because you talk about New York City.


    September 11, 2021 at 8:53 PM

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