Yeah, they live in space, but they have to come down sometime, right? Here we ask ourselves simply, “If the crew of the Enterprise needed wheels today, what would they buy?” Today, we look at two members of the Enterprise D crew as well as a legend from the original warp-ready vessel. It may be a while before we get to Quark or T’Pau, but we probably will.
Counselor Deanna Troi
As a Betazoid, Counselor Troi has the ability and predisposition to communicate through nontraditional means. Likely she would, despite its detractors, embrace the MyFord Touch suite of control tools as a step toward more open relations between crew and vessel. Also, given Troi’s willingness to sport the occasional, rather-flattering non-regulation jumpsuit, we can assume a certain appreciation for things subtly on the more expressive side. Because she’ll need rear-seat space for group therapy sessions, I’m putting Troi in a Ford Taurus SHO. The car’s taut lines hint gently at the potential beneath the calm surface, and the over-the-top level of vehicle-to-humanoid communication options are just what the empath ordered.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
The thinking man’s Schwarzenegger, Jean-Luc Picard is both deeply cerebral yet given to fits of controlled visceral indulgence. The Captain is also a practical sort, unlikely to commit long-term to anything so flamboyant as a sports car. He is educated and refined, though, so a certain of amount of craftsmanship and restrained luxury are in order. For Picard, I choose the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon. It is tastefully restrained inside, practical almost to a fault, and absurdly fast—in a dignified sort of way. The AMG Performance Package is a must, because lifting the limited top speed is a must for a guy accustomed to moving a warp speed. Engage.
Logic dictates that efficiency be a primary decision-driver for the galaxy’s most prosaic first officer/captain/ambassador. Additionally, living long and prospering means doing things in a sustainable, practical manner. When you add to the mix Spock’s love of technology, the Toyota Prius v becomes the logical choice for our Vulcan friend. The practicality of a roomy wagon, the promise of 45-50 mpg in routine driving, and a relatively modest asking price make the v a natural choice for anyone accepted to the Vulcan Science Academy. Note: Editor Piotrowski observes that the Vulcan greeting hand gesture involves the formation of a v with the fingers. Perfect.