“People are starting to realize that wagons can be cool!”
- The Ride
- The Driver: Luke
- Car in Question: 2010 Vokswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI
- Spotted at: The Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201
- Odometer: 23,500
- Car’s Nickname: Jeeves
Q: What kind of car is this?
A: It’s a 2010 Jetta SportWagen TDI. It was a gift from my parents about a year and a half ago–sort of a belated graduation present. I was driving a hand-me-down car at the time. That one started going out. They said, it’s probably time to put you in something newer.
Q: So you bought it brand new?
A: Probably the only time that’s ever going to happen in my life, so yes. At the time, I had just come back from California, where I spent my first year of grad school. I needed to bring a whole bunch of stuff home with me, so I got a wagon. I also made sure to get the diesel and the stick shift. So it gets good gas mileage and it’s fun to drive.
Q: Wait, so how does having a diesel help?
A: It has better fuel economy. The best I’ve ever done is 60 miles to the gallon, but I usually get about 30 to 40. It used to be a better deal than it is now. My first car was a diesel stick shift–one of those really old cars from the 80s, a Mercedes. Back then, diesel was cheaper than regular gas. Today, it’s enough more expensive that it sort of evens out. But you know, I still go to the pump less often. Volkswagen calls it a “clean diesel” because it gives off something like 10 percent as much emissions as the old Mercedes does. I should mention, there’s a TDI fan club that helped convince me it was a good choice.
Q: What’s up with this giant building behind you?
A: The Winspear? It’s the opera house. It’s technically part of the AT&T Performing Arts Center, which includes the Wylie Theater and the new City Performance Hall, which they’re building now. I work at the Winspear, actually. I’m the interactive production manager for the Dallas Opera.
Q: What do you like most about the wagon? What’s the coolest thing about it?
A: I have to admit, sometimes I wish I had gone for something cooler. Because, I mean, it’s a wagon. But in a sense, I like that it has something of a sleeper quality. Nobody notices a black station wagon. I don’t really worry about break-ins or theft, because I feel like it’s a little bit invisible. It is fun to drive, considering I don’t drive that fast. It has nice tight steering and suspension. It’s been exceptionally reliable. I’ve moved three times in the 18 months I’ve had it, so it’s really been worth it to have a wagon.
Photos and interview by Lacy Mahone
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