DC is a solar system apart in its status culture, although the lawyers and lobbyists dress and drive flashy. The rest of us tend to keep it low-key. Tim Gunn has complained about it and Robin Givhan has made quite a career out of pointing it out (to be fair, I should say a fraction of a career). David Brooks' comment also sums it up brilliantly:
"Gail, recently I’ve become greatly disturbed by the cars that are owned by the top officials in the Obama administration. These are people who have been making serious change for many years as president of Harvard and that sort of thing. And yet according to published reports, they tend to drive 1995 Honda Civics and 1994 Ford Tauruses. In other words, they own the kind of cars that are the subject of a hundred “Car Talk” episodes because they only go into reverse when the radio is set on AM.Again, none of this is to say that status doesn't matter. David Brooks has made much of a career pointing out that people will find subtler ways of signaling status.
In my view, anybody making enough money to afford it should be driving an understated semi-luxury vehicle, like an Audi, Acura or an Infiniti. To drive less shows a lack of appreciation for the finer things in life, a lack of sensual acuteness, a certain inner drabness."