Hit the road, Jack


by Alex Le
Eagle Editorial Board

As chaotic as the recent parking situation has been, another situation has already risen, and that is the rivalry between off-roading and luxury cars. Here, we will take a dive through the parking lot and discuss notable cars on campus, specifically the rivalry between off-roading vehicles and luxury vehicles.

The most noticeable thing on the lots this year is the takeover of Jeeps. Seven Jeeps can be seen on campus every day, four of them being same model Wranglers. The off-roading and big trucks craze in Houston has come to St. Thomas.

“The Jeep craze is pretty incredible. People here have good taste in cars. I have the best one though,” said senior Harrison Ayala, owner of a green Jeep Wrangler with Pro-Comp tires and blacked out lights.

“I believe mine is the best Wrangler because it always rolls without the top and beatin’ up the trunk,” senior Chris Brown, owner of a black, topless Jeep Wrangler said.

The main attraction about Jeeps are its ability to drive through rough, coarse terrain and be durable as a tank. Jeep’s ability to wear massive tires, sport a lift and be easily customizable makes it a top choice at St. Thomas. In Houston, a Jeep that is lifted, muddy and customized is as common as a cold.

The battle for the best Jeep will live as long as their present owners do, but one thing to notice is Jeep’s battle with the upcoming trend on campus – luxury cars.

Luxury vehicles seem to be fighting with Jeep for the auto-takeover at St. Thomas. At the front of the baseball field sits a white Range Rover, there is a BMW over at the Law Enforcement school, and a blacked-out Mercedes Benz by the Basilian residence.

“Over the past few years, lifted trucks and off-road vehicles have been the trend for St. Thomas. It’s time for a new trend,” senior Luca Mariotto said.

Some students even go as far as borrowing their parents’ ride to continue the new trend.

“I sometimes make a grand appearance in my dad’s new Porsche Cayenne Turbo to show up those Jeeps,” senior Andrew Lane said.

Realistically, Jeeps and luxury cars both have their ends. The off-roading capabilities of Jeep are obviously better than luxury cars. Luxury cars provide comfort and a cabin that Jeeps do not offer.

“I prefer off-roading trucks. They’re big like me and I love to get down and dirty with my truck through thick mud,” junior Jonathan Cohen said when asked about his preference of vehicles.

Take everything in account and both are capable of doing a vehicle’s main use, to get from point A to point B.

One vehicle that provides both off-roading capabilities and a luxury ride is sophomore Zack Minnis’ Range Rover. An almost perfect blend between beauty and beast is reflected in the hefty price tag of just under $70,000 on the Range Rover. A luxurious interior and cabin and superior handling, along with off-road and towing capabilities, make Range Rover an equal hybrid of luxury and off-road.

“It was passed down from my parents,” owner Minnis said. “It’s mine now and I love its overall feel of stability and comfort.”

Sports cars also make an appearance on campus. Four Ford Mustangs sit on the baseball parking lot. Senior Dylan Jimenez, owner of a red Mustang GT said, “The thrill of American muscle is exhilarating and makes daily driving out of the ordinary.” The sporty Mustang is very popular, having sold 8 million models since its introduction to the market in 1964. “It’s becoming a very popular car because of its above par handling and speed,” senior Ryan Haines, owner of a Mustang, said. Dylan Jimenez, owner of both luxury and sport vehicles said about the comparison, “When I miss my coffee in the morning, I take the Mustang out. That usually does the trick.”

The many cars on campus, along with these little rivalries, make up the competitive student body at St. Thomas. Off-roading Jeeps, luxury Mercedes, a mix of both in the Range Rover, and sporty Mustangs sit in the parking lot in attempt to vie for the title of best car on campus.