Each year automobile manufacturers spend a lot of money on the design and development of new vehicles to get the consumers to buy them. This usually means that there are a lot of options and choices that you can be faced with when you go out to purchase a car and it is important to keep everything into consideration since buying a new car is not always a small investment. Truth is, most of us will use our vehicles for at least a few years before finally getting rid of it.
Some of the most important factors that influence the decision of most people are the looks and the performance of the car. Over the years, certain cars have developed a reputation for being catered to the female population, whether they were advertised as such or just developed the image. We have put together a list of 15 cars that have developed a reputation for being feminine over the years and so men should generally stay away from these.
15. Volkswagen EOS
This probably won’t be the only Volkswagen showing up on the list. If you have ever made a trip to the Hamptons during the summer rush, you have probably noticed that the EOS has become a car for rich teenagers and single women out on the prowl, after all, what do you expect from a car that has been named after the Greek goddess of dawn?
It looks like a 21st-century rendition of the famous VW Golf, carrying all the features that its predecessors had. At the end of the day, the EOS is an average car, which doesn’t mean that its bad or anything but it’s definitely not for the dudes.
14. Nissan Murano Cabriolet
We’re not sure what Nissan was thinking when they decided to hack the original Murano to pieces and turn it into a two-door convertible abomination. While the original was a wide-based crossover SUV which had a solid engine under the hood and was available in a rear-wheel or all-wheel configuration, this one doesn’t have any of that.
It is, however, the perfect car for middle aged rich women and the ultimate symbol for the “Rich Daddy’s Girl”. Why is that you ask? Well because it costs a pretty penny and a lot of other, much sportier cars can be bought for its price.
13. Honda Insight
There seems to be some sort of a correlation between foreign automobile manufacturers and chick cars. The Honda Insight was one of the most controversial cars when it came out back in the year 2000. Similar to some of the other cars on this list, it threw improved fuel-efficiency and eco-friendly engineering into the mix. It was the first hybrid to be introduced in the United States, even before the Toyota Prius arrived.
As most of you have guessed by now, it carries the same image that the Prius does, meaning that only the environmentalists drive one of these. Most women will obviously love driving this car but no man in their right mind would ever hope to be seen driving one of these.
12. Volkswagen Golf Cabrio
If you remember watching the popular 90s sitcom Saved By the Bell, you can probably imagine Kelly, Lisa, and Jessie riding in one of these through the streets of LA. This car has an odd shape to it, slightly resembling a hatchback but with a convertible top on it.
Back in the 90s, one of the most common sights associated with this car was a group of girls riding it to cheer practice or to the local shopping mall. The reason behind this was that many dads were looking to buy safe cars for their daughters and so the Cabrio was an excellent option at the point. Most men would not want to be seen driving a car which remained a popular chick icon for nearly two decades.
11. Dodge Neon
There was nothing really special about the Dodge Neon throughout the time period during which it was produced. Its most popular configuration came as a 4-door sedan with a 4-cylinder engine. The interior was also far from posh, with no power windows or locks.
Its image has always been that of a car which is perfect for teenage girls to drive to the mall and back with their high school friends. On top of that, it also does not have any incredible feats in the performance department, making it a very utilitarian car that your teenage daughter can happily drive. Now whether you want to be seen driving one of these is entirely up to you but we would recommend against it.
10. Honda Del Sol
There are a lot of reasons why the Honda Del Sol would never qualify as a manly vehicle. One of the biggest ones is its appearance. It was designed by Honda as a fun little car for a trip to the beach and while it was supposed to have a sporty design, what we ended up having was a car that didn’t particularly look too great and lacked performance.
Most of the individuals who did end up purchasing this car were women since it was quite compact and offered a convertible top. It is because of these reasons that the Honda Del Sol is now considered a chick car.
9. Pontiac Sunfire
Not all convertibles are created equal and the evidence for that is provided by the Pontiac Sunfire. Take one look at this car and you can imagine a bunch of women driving it on a warm summer evening. It doesn’t stand a chance next to some of the manlier convertibles, notably the Mustang and the Camaro, cars that are capable of tearing away from intersections at a mere push of the gas pedal.
It is largely made of plastic and aluminum and isn’t much great when it comes to performance, although it will get you from point A to B just like any other car with the exception of the convertible top.
8. Lexus SC (94)
Lexus is quite a popular luxury automotive brand both in the United States and other countries across the world. The first generation of Lexus SC cars was amazing, exuding a sense of power, success, and wealth. The generation after that is where everything started to go wrong, however.
These cars could no longer sustain that image, instead becoming known as the car that was perfectly designed for wealthy grandmas. The Lexus SC is also a two-door, four-seat convertible which is usually a design feature that leans in the feminine direction. It might be tempting to buy this one since it’s a Lexus but we would highly recommend all the guys to steer clear of this thing.
7. Smart ForTwo
One of the things to come out of the economic recession in the United States were Smart cars which started becoming a fairly common place in cities across America. They were the perfect solution for major metropolitan areas facing congestion on the highways and the side streets, offering a compact and easy to park car that was also fuel-efficient.
The reason why it has landed on this list, however, is because of its incredibly cute and dinky design, one that shouldn’t be driven around by guys at all. There are so many other modern sedans out there, offering great gas mileage while keeping a more manly and attractive design.
6. Toyota Prius
It simply cannot be possible that a list like this would be complete without mentioning the Toyota Prius. Usually, when men are attracted to a car, it is either because of its performance or because of the way it looks, quite often it is both. The Prius lacks all of that though and there is a consensus in the automotive world that driving one of these as a man would lead to your manliness being questioned.
5. Mazda MX-3 Precidia
The Mazda MX-3 Precidia is an example of a car with a serious identity crisis. The normal concept is that coupes are sporty cars which are designed for a bit of fun while sedans and SUVs offer the perfect combination of fuel economy with room to haul people and luggage. The Precidia didn’t fall into any of these categories, however, since it was a poorly designed hatchback with lackluster performance and not a lot of comfort.
4. Fiat 500
While Americans are known to drive big and beefy muscle cars, the Europeans tend to drive much smaller and compact cars, with a few exceptions of course. One of the biggest reasons for this is how the European cities have been around for centuries and modern roads are laid over what were basically crude streets. This has resulted in car designs that are small enough to easily navigate through the city life.
The Fiat 500 unfortunately, also suffers from the same problem as the Smart ForTwo which qualifies it as a chick car. The dinky and average design features combined with the fact that you really have to fold yourself into one of these make it a car that men shouldn’t drive, especially on American roads. They do look adorable in pink though and yes, we’re aware of the fact that Michael Schumacher drives one of these but that is the Abarth with a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine so he gets a pass, more specifically because he’s Michael Schumacher.
3. Mini Cooper
While this was a tough one to include on the list, we’re pretty sure that a lot of you were still expecting it to show up. There is no doubt that the original Mini was a trendsetter throughout Europe in the 50s and the 60s. The Mini of today, however, is a different story.
Let’s be honest, a lot of women find the Mini Cooper to be super attractive especially with all the bright colors that it can be customized with. It is not a bad car by any means but the image of the Mini has remained as one of cuteness in recent years, with seemingly more girls driving these than guys.
2. Volkswagen Beetle
Let’s get something out of the way right now, if you drive the original and much beefier incarnation of the VW Beetle, you are in the clear. On the other hand, if you ended up purchasing any of the models produced after 1998 then you sir, have been driving the ultimate chick car around.
The original beetle was introduced during World War II as a rugged vehicle and was later shipped to the United States after the war without a lot of changes. It was reintroduced in 1998, however, as a complete chick car without any of the things that made its predecessor great. While it is not a very manly car, it would be the perfect gift for your teenage daughter.
1. Honda CRV
The Honda CRV is not a station wagon or the more notorious soccer mom minivan for that matter. Instead, it is a compact SUV with excellent fuel economy and a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Why is it on this list though? Well, because it has been rated numerous times as one of the best cars for moms who are in need of a vehicle to juggle their children and groceries at the same time.
So, it is quite obvious as to why the Honda CRV would not make a good car for most men as there are much better SUV options for them out there.
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