Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
T asks: I read this the other day and started to wonder if a modern car (not SUV) even has enough room to “do it” in? I’ve read what you have to say about teens not getting a drivers license. No carbs. No dads. Uber. All these things lead to a general lack of interest in autos. I get that. But no sex? Back in the day, there was a tradition (at least in the Detroit area) of “breaking in” a new or used car when one received title to same. A ’63 Caprice, ’64 GTO, ’74 Riviera, ’84 Coupe de Ville. Many were conceived in these vehicles. There used to be a saying in Southeast Michigan: “As goes Detroit, so goes the country and the rest of the world.” Well, Detroit has been dead for almost 20 years now. Since you get a chance to review so many new cars, can the deed still be done? Or have the powers that be safetyed and CAFEed one of the most (if not the most) important functions of humanity to the history books?
My reply: It is still possible, if you’re really eager – and very limber. But two things have conspired to make it very difficult.
The first is bucket seats, which almost all cars have had exclusively for decades. There is a center console in the way.
You could go in the back – no center console (usually) but now you have much less room (also usually). Most modern cars have pretty tight back seats… for that, at least.
This is the second factor.
You’ve also still usually got the bucket seats as well. It makes it awkward.
There is a third factor as well: AGWs.
In the halcyon past, when the world was sane, if a cop saw a car parked in a dead end with the windows fogged up could probably be counted on to MYOB or at worst, rap on the glass with his flashlight and tell the couple to get a room.
Today, the buzz-cut Hut! Hut! Hutter! is likely to demand IDs and if the kids are under 18, he’ll probably call child protective services and ruin everyone’s life.
Also, those under 18 are not allowed in many states to drive with another teen in the car, at night especially. More Hut! Hut! Hutting!
If you are over 18, there are options. Crossovers and wagons make for nice love shacks.
But most sedans are too much trouble, AGW-wise or otherwise!
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