“In this car, I feel like I’m ready for everything.”

The Ride
The Driver: Juan
Vehicle in Question: Silver 2012 Hyundai Accent Hatchback

Spotted at: Fisher Park, 50th Street and Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33140
Odometer: 5,000


Q: Hi Juan. Tell us about your ride. What do you like about it?

A: I like that it’s fuel-efficient. I like that it has slick lines. It looks very modern. In this car, I feel like I’m ready for everything. It’s responsive when I need to go quickly, when I need to go through an intersection or get out of the way.

Q: It’s standard? Only one in 25 cars sold are standard right now. Do you prefer it?

A: I feel closer to the machine when it’s a standard vehicle. The engine of the car is the core, the heart of it. I think being able to listen, to feel where it’s at, when it needs to change gears, no robot can really make those precise moments.

Q: Sounds like you like machinery and understand cars.

A: I love engines. Car engines are a little bit past my expertise, but I like toy engines. I’ll mess with them. I’ll take them apart, like those remote control cars that come with gas.

Q: What’s the sticker on the back? It’s very mysterious.

A: This is Hare Krishna, Krishna consciousness. The people are so genuinely nice.

Q: So you love this car?

A: I love this car. I feel pretty happy with it.

Photos and interview by Aimee Heller

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