I don’t mind driving. In fact, I find it to be a bit relaxing. The car is climate controlled, driving gives me an opportunity to catch up on listening to podcasts, and it’s nice to see the world around me. Cars may ultimately be tools people use to get from point A to point B, but they are tools that I (usually) enjoy operating.

That being said, I don’t quite get some aspects of “car culture.”

Given that a lot of people spend a lot of time with cars, it makes sense that some people would be enthusiasts. People have different needs for their cars, and given cars’ sizes people want visually attractive ones. That makes sense.

However, a number of “car enthusiasts” I’ve spoken to (although not all!) seem to have unending adoration for big, expensive, and/or fuel-inefficient cars and an absolute loathing for smaller, affordable, and/or environmentally friendly ones. I don’t get it.

Particularly the hate that the Toyota Prius receives. I get that it’s not the right car for everyone, but it was the first hybrid car to achieve real widespread success and mainstream penetration. Even if people think it’s boring or ugly, making fuel efficiency popular is surely a good thing, right?

Most people do not need the largest gas guzzling SUV or pickup truck available. That’s indisputable. But many “car people” I’ve talked to (again, not all) seem to have the attitude of the average middle school boy: “If your boyfriend drives a hybrid, then you have a girlfriend.” That seems unproductive.

I know some of the aforementioned “car people” will read this, roll their eyes, and think, “Wow, he really doesn’t get it.” Fair enough! Perhaps I don’t understand it! I’d love for someone to explain why fuel-efficient, affordable, mid-to-small size cars are bad.