Several studies have shown that appearance is the most significant factor when making a first impression. The vehicle one drives contributes as much to appearance as attire or hair style. A car is more than just a mode of transportation for some; it is an extension of the driver's image.
The obsession with a driver’s image appears to be an adult issue. Ask a 17-year-old girl what type of driver would be attractive to her, and she’ll respond: it’s one with a car and a license!
Wesley Brown, a partner in Iceology, a consumer research and trend consulting firm, says, "This new generation of consumers looks at a vehicle as a piece of clothing…we have clients who say, 'My BMW or Jeep is the last thing I put on before I go out.' They are concerned with the color of their iPod and spend $200 to $300 for cool-looking sunglasses."
A division between the sexes also applies.
Rachel Callahan of graspingforobjectivity.com conducted an unofficial survey and found the following fascinating results: women are free to drive whatever type of car they want without consequences. Men? No. A double standard between the sexes exists. A woman driving a traditional Dude Car is cool. A woman driving a traditional Chick Car is cool. If she is driving a completely Androgynous Car, she is still cool. Men, however, are very limited in their acceptable-to-women car choices. If they are driving a Dude Car, they are cool. If they are driving an Androgynous Car, they are perhaps mysterious. If they are driving a Chick Car, women everywhere may be politely laughing under their breath.
The following is a list of cars that repulse women and a list of chick magnets for men.
25 Chick Magnet: Ford F-150 Pickup Truck
The independent insurance website Insure.com surveyed 2,000 licensed adult drivers and asked what type, brand and color of vehicle are driven by the most attractive members of the opposite sex. Had the survey focused only on the L.A. area, the woman’s number two choice probably would have been the sports car.
The last place choice was the mail truck at only 1%. No surprise, but the number one choice went to the black Ford pickup trucks with 32%.
Amy Danise, editorial director of Insure.com, explained, “A full-size truck implies that you can fix a leaky pipe. Regular $100 fill-ups suggest that you're not money-obsessive. And regular $100 fill-ups also suggest that you regularly have $100.”
The site claims, “A truck-drivin' man might not smell too good, but he's is a manly man through and through. And a majority of women (53 percent) chose black as the most attractive vehicle color.”
The Ford F-series, led by the highly successful F-150, has been America's best-selling truck for the 40 consecutive years since its introduction in 1948. What’s more, it has been the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for well over 30 years.
The Ford F-150 pickup truck may be the ultimate chick magnet!
24 Chick Magnet: Jeep Grand Cherokee
The Jeep brand has been characterized throughout its long history by its durability, natural weather-proof resistance, and capability to traverse tough landscape. Its traditional rugged style broadcasts its superior endurance.
The Grand Cherokee version does not have the extremely rigid form characteristic of other Jeep models. Its stylish curves give it the appearance of a soft-roading crossover, but under the skin it’s a stout, off-road capable machine.
The 2018 Grand Cherokee is equipped with a choice of two gasoline and one diesel engine. The 5.7-liter V-8 accelerates at the rate of 0-60 in 6.5 seconds. The interior includes a best-in-class infotainment system and a host of active safety technologies including automated emergency braking.
The versatile aspect and exceptional performance of the Grand Cherokee both off-road and in town means the driver feels confident pulling up to the valet parking at a black-tie event or parking in a five-star hotel lot. Women who see a man driving can only imagine riding in the passenger seat and pulling up to a fancy restaurant on a dinner date.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a chick magnet.
23 Chick Magnet: Lamborghini Huracan Performante
Owners of Exotic supercars like the Lamborghini Huracan Performante, testify that the car attracts the attention of females, but it is worth pointing out that these cars also attract the attention of everyone.
One Supercar Fanatic says, “Exotic cars are infinitely more likely to attract vast hordes of drooling gearheads. You will be stopped at gas stations. People will present you with business opportunities. People will want to go for drives in your car. People will want to touch and take pictures of your car….”
Gold diggers are a part of the group. YouTube personality, obsessed car enthusiast and Lamborghini owner, Rob Dahm “I had an absolutely gorgeous, beautiful girl come up to me when I pulled out in front of the club…She came over to me…and said, ‘Is this your car?’ I said ‘yeah’, and she goes ‘I'll go home with you.’
With prices starting at well over $200,000, the Huracan Performante boasts a powerful 5.2-liter V-10 coupled with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic that produces 631 hp on the track-ready, all-wheel-drive. Luxurious cockpits are encased in dramatically styled aerodynamic exteriors. The supercar accelerates from zero to 60 mph in lightning quick 2.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 202 mph. Fuel economy is EPA rated at 14/19, in case anyone is interested.
22 Chick Magnet: 2018 Ferrari Portofino
The Ferrari is an icon, the best know supercar in the world. It was created by a man with an unparalleled passion for high-performance cars.
Enzo Ferrari said, “I have yet to meet anyone quite so stubborn as myself and animated by this overpowering passion that leaves me no time for thought or anything else. I have, in fact, no interest in life outside racing cars.”
Named after a picturesque village on the Ligurian coast in Northern Italy, the Ferrari Portofino is the successor to the popular California model. Powered by a direct fuel injection, 591-hp twin-turbo 3.9-liter eight-cylinder front-mounted engine, a dual-clutch automatic transaxle at the rear, and superior styling to the California.
The Portofino accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds. It offers a retractable hardtop roof and a 10.2-inch infotainment display. The rear seats are standard but would only be comfortable for a small child. Although the Portofino was designed to be Ferrari’s entry-level model, prices start at about $215,000.
The Ferrari ranks with world’s best supercars like Lamborghini and Bugatti as a chick magnet according to the Insure.com survey of 2014, but its name is better known. When people encounter any of the top supercars they usually ask, “Is that a Ferrari?”
21 Chicks magnet: Porsche 911 Turbo S
Women find men who drive cars like a Porsche sexier than a man who drives a Honda Civic. Scientists confirmed the finding during four separate studies conducted at the University of Texas-San Antonio, the University of Minnesota and Rice University. Researchers surveyed almost 1,000 men and women, aged between 18 and 57 regarding cars physical attraction and cars concluding, “women like guys in expensive cars.”
Although the smooth flowing, sleek, and sensual curves of an exotic sports car display pure art in motion and attract the attention of anyone, it may be the image of a typical male sports car driver that makes the Porsche attractive to women.
Porsche 911 buyers are 86.8% male with the average age of 51 and median income well above six figures. They are motivated and driven to succeed. Tony Fouladpour, from Iceology, a consumer research and trend consulting firm says, "These buyers are determined…they made up their minds a long time ago that they would have this car when they arrived at a certain stage in life."
Porsche engineers have dedicated decades to perfecting every detail of the 911 Turbo S making it one of the best sports cars in the industry and perhaps one of the best chick magnets.
20 Chick Magnet: Corvette Z06
The Corvette is America’s sports car, and the Z06 is the fruition of years of engineering development and racing experience. The Car and Driver website ranks it as one of the world’s best.
Available as a coupe or convertible, the most important feature is its supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that makes 650 hp and 650 lb-ft and accelerates the car from 0-60 in a mere 3.0 seconds. The car scorches a quarter-mile run in 11.4 seconds at 127 mph and reaches 150 mph in 17.7 seconds.
A seven-speed manual lets the driver shift through the gears or an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters can do the job. The Z07 Performance package adds adjustable aero bits, Michelin Pilot Sport Cups, and carbon-ceramic brakes.
A chick magnet? Are there any doubts?
From the Corvette Stingray forum, one owner wrote, “…the first woman, a brunette, walks over to the driver's side and starts asking me about my car…the second woman a head turner blond…starts walking around the car…made her way around to the passenger door…I hear the passenger door open, turn to see the blond sliding into the seat! She shuts the door, looks at me and says, ‘Take me for a ride’. I just stare at her in amazement.”
19 Chick Magnet: Classic Jaguar E-Type
When the Jaguar E Type was introduced in 1961 at the Geneva Motor Show its ground-breaking performance, impressive handling, and stunning sleek bodywork attracted the attention of the whole world more than any car before it.
A two-seater sports car with fully independent suspension, it was powered by a 3.8-liter 6-cylinder double overhead camshaft engine, coupled with a four-speed manual transmission.
The driver and passenger sit in leather seats and view superbly laid out instrumentation on the sports black and aluminum dashboard. A wood-rim steering wheel turns the rack & pinion steering. The Jaguar achieved a standing quarter mile in 15 seconds, 0-60 mph in 6.7 seconds and reached a top speed of 153mph.
After all these years the sleek, classic Jaguar E-Type still attracts the attention of both women and men.
J Mays, Group Vice President, Ford Motor Company say the Jaguar “…became a point of exotic inspiration for generations of customers and designers… near-perfect proportion, form (which is a car you just love to run your hands over), style (that has much to do with the interior as the exterior) and sex appeal… all of that combined inspires people to own a Jaguar E-Type–and certainly to admire it."
18 Chick Magnet: Tesla Model S
According to the Mother Nature Network, a British survey found that women are more attracted to men who drive green cars and are more interested in fuel economy than horsepower. Most of the women surveyed view these men as "conscientious" and "intelligent" and therefore appealing.
While other studies have shown that women are attracted to men who drive exotic sports cars, the Tesla is perhaps the ideal combination. It has the sleek curves of an exotic supercar, and it is an electric car, 100% green.
Tesla is a recent entry into the auto industry. However, in its short lifespan it has made a good first impression. The first Tesla Roadster was delivered by Elon Musk, Tesla co-founder, chairman and product architect, in February 2008. Considered the first fully electric sports car, the company produced 500 models through June 2009.
The Model S, first manufactured in 2015, is now being produced at the rate of over 50,000 cars a year. Equipped with 300 miles of range battery packs, it can reach zero to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds.
The Tesla Model S with its environmentally conscious design, remarkable performance rankings, and reasonable price tag make it one of the best cars to attract women.
17 Chick Magnet: Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Most single adults, both women and men, will agree: it’s what's inside that counts, but it's what's outside that attracts.
According to Dating coach DeAnna Lorraine, a man’s choice of vehicle sends a message about his character that women immediately detect. She says, “A man’s car reveals a lot about his personality and values and may determine a woman’s attraction toward him…women pay attention to more than just a man’s personal looks.”
Lorraine researched data from the U.S.-based LeaseTrader.com, looking at the five most popular leased vehicles men drive. She then created a profile that represents the vehicle’s personality traits including the Mercedes S-Class:
“These men are classy, successful, stylish and ‘sugar daddies.’ These vehicles attract women who are in their late 30s and 40s, sophisticated, and enjoy being taken care of.”
The 2018 Mercedes S-Class boasts an unequaled set of luxury, technology, and safety options. A comprehensive suite of sensors and radar hardware gives the Drive Pilot fitted S-Class a remarkable 360-degree understanding of its surroundings and improved autonomous-driving capability.
An adaptive-cruise-control option makes use of mapping data to slow the car for impending turns, curves, or roundabouts. Using active lane-change-assist technology, a flick of the turn signal and the S-Class changes lanes.
16 Chick Magnet: Toyota Prius
Ferrari, Porsche, and Lamborghini may not be the only cars that attract women. Some believe if a guy wants a chick magnet he should be driving a Toyota Prius.
A Harris poll commissioned by dating site Anastasia Date found most women prefer a man who drives something more practical.
Sue McGarvie, an Ottawa-based clinical sex and relationship therapist, advises men about trying too hard. "Don't overcompensate – it's not about the size of your package. It's about who you are…women like cool cars as long as it's not in our face. It's the cars with the big, souped-up gold rims and tires that you have to be careful of…it smacks of aggression."
A green car ranks high on the list. "I remember the Stanley Cup playoffs when the Sens were playing the Anaheim Ducks. And there is Scott Niedermayer – a good Canadian boy and the captain – driving a Prius," McGarvie says. "This guy could afford any car and he's driving a hybrid."
The 2018 Toyota Prius boasts a stellar fuel efficiency of 54-58mpg city and 50-53mpg hwy, and is one of the most well-rounded in its class. Its large cargo bay and long features list including 11.6-inch touch-screen display, help place it high on the U.S. News rankings and apparently on chick magnet list as well.
15 Chick Magnet: Lexus ES
The Lexus ES is not a supercar, a sports car, a subcompact economy car or a green electric car (however a hybrid version is offered) nor is it very expensive.
So, what makes it a chick magnet? The ES represents the choice of a man who wants to convey to the opposite sex his intelligent priorities of luxury, comfort and practicality in an automobile, (and other aspects of his life). Luxury car drivers are over-represented among highly-educated and higher-income people. They are status seekers and profit-oriented workaholics who like being independent.
The 4-door, 5-passenger, front-wheel drive includes independent suspension resulting in a smooth and comfortable ride.
ES has a quiet interior with 10-way power adjustable front seats and a notably quick 268-hp 3.5-liter V-6 that does a respectable 0-60 mph in 7.8 seconds. With a 6-speed sequential-shift automatic, fuel economy is 21/30 mpg city/hwy.
The powertrain on the new ES 300h Hybrid is a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder Atkinson engine connected to an electric motor and improves fuel efficiency to an estimated 40 mpg.
The Lexus ES is a sleeper chick magnet. The attraction is subtle but strong.
14 Chick Magnet: BMW M6 Cabriolet
The M6 Cabriolet base model is an imposing two-door convertible that certainly doesn’t qualify for the typical “cute chicks car” category. Even in base form, the M6 convertible is extraordinarily fast for a car of its size and weight with an acceleration time from zero to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds.
The Competition package adds 40 additional horsepower and carbon-ceramic brakes to crank the performance a bit more. The M6 can be personalized with a bundle of options, including special interior trim, contemporary driver aids, heated rear seats, and distinct wheel designs.
The Cabrio’s insulated fabric top reduces wind noise to an almost inaudible level. With the top down, the raised glass rear window blocks the wind, enabling conversation and perhaps even maintains hairstyles.
What type of women does the BMW attract?
An analysis of cars, the men who drive them, and the women they attract, conducted by San Diego-based relationship coach DeAnna Lorraine showed the expected results.
She discovered that male drivers of Corvette and BMW M6 attract good-looking, wild, and power-lusting women. On the contrary, Toyota Camry and Honda Accord drivers attract practical, demure women who are potential wife-material.
The BMW M6 Cabriolet is a chick magnet (with qualifications)!
13 Chick Magnet: Range Rover
When women select the car they most want to own and drive, they also think highly of men who drive the same car. In a survey conducted by travel search website Skyscanner, larger sport utility vehicle was the top choice category for women at 40 percent, and Range Rover led the way. Luxury Range Rovers were voted the top car brand by 25 percent of those surveyed. Even England’s Prince William drives a Range Rover SUV.
The Land Rover Range Rover’s powerful engine lineup includes a turbodiesel, and its unparalleled off-road credentials make it one of most capable SUVs in its class. On the pavement, the Range Rover is reasonably maneuverable and delivers a comfortable ride. Inside the spacious and opulent cabin, it has comfortable seats with 24-way movement and a five-mode massage, including simulated hot stones. Displays may be customized on the 12.0-inch instrument panel. The infotainment system consists of two 10-inch touchscreens, with the lower screen controlling vehicle settings, Terrain Response modes, seating, and climate. The upper unit is a traditional home screen with navigation and audio controls.
While the Range Rover is one of the most expensive SUVs on the market, its appeal as a chick magnet may make it worth the investment!
12 Drive Them Away: 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan
Back windows full of stick-figure families including the family dog, soccer ball decals, faded honor roll bumper stickers, and “Baby on Board” plastic signs stuck to the window with a transparent suction cup, the minivan is America’s family car.
It is driven by stressed out and frazzled soccer moms with four kids between the ages of two and ten, that have traded their wardrobe and high-heeled shoes for sweatpants, stained maternity tee-shirts, and cross-training shoes.
The Dodge Caravan played an important role the development of minivans in the U.S. Introduced in 1983, an original is even displayed in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. A major success, strong sales of the Caravan help Chrysler recover from near collapse.
Although the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan carries on the tradition, it lags behind its rivals with budget-driven interior materials, antiquated technology, and uninspiring fuel efficiency.
The minivan may be the last car that any single guy wants to be seen driving. The stigma and lifestyle it represents of a family man driving his wife’s car are enough to repulse any woman looking for eligible bachelors. However, if utility, space for passengers and cargo, and price are a priority, the Grand Caravan may be a good choice.
11 Drive Them Away: Military Green Hummer
The demise of Hummer H2 in 2008 was cheered by environmentalists who persistently criticized its model lineup, which averages less than 10 miles a gallon. While other brands such as Land Rover had equally disappointing mileage ratings, Hummer gained the reputation as the quintessential gas guzzler.
Rebecca Lindland, a research analyst for I.H.S. Global Insight, stated, “It’s a brand that represents a lot of what people want to get away from…even if gas prices are lower, it still kind of radiates conspicuous consumption,” Ms. Lindland continued, “Hummer was suddenly perceived as all that’s wrong with America’s dependence on foreign oil.”
The Hummer H3, a successor to the H2, didn’t last long. The last one rolled off the GM line at Shreveport on May 24, 2010.
Any man driving a Hummer would be repulsive to a woman not only for his blatant disregard for fuel consumption and energy conservation but for the vehicle’s design. The green colored Hummer reminds observers that it was originally built for the military with a long list of shortcomings including tight headroom, very little cargo space, almost no luxury features and difficulty parallel parking or driving into a tight parking garage entrance.
10 Drive Them Away: Smart Fortwo
Just as its name implies, the Smart is a good choice for Europeans who drive on absurdly narrow and crowed city streets where residents spend more time driving around in search of a parking place than they do getting to their destination. However, in the U.S, with its abundance of huge parking lots and multifloored garages, the smallest, lightest machine that can legally be called a car has much less value.
For 2018, Smart will import only the Fortwo Electric Drive (ED) to America. While this dedication to electric vehicles may seem visionary, the actual product has little to offer. Its performance is no better than the previous gas-powered cars with a zero-to-60 time at a snail’s pace of 10.2 seconds and a top speed capped at 80 miles per hour. The Fortwo ED is more expensive than its predecessor, but the most glaring flaw is its battery range of only 58 miles, making it useless as a primary car for most owners.
Very few women are attracted to a man who drives a tiny “cute” vehicle that holds only two people, almost no luggage, and runs the constant risk of a dead battery on their shopping trip downtown.
9 Drive Them Away: Mini
Women are seldom attracted to anything about a man that is “mini.” The same goes for the cars men drive.
Despite its appearance in several films and TV series including the second Pink Panther comedy in 1964, The Italian Job films (1969 and 2003), The Bourne Identity, and of course Mr. Bean, the Mini remains a car without distinction. It looks like a little box on wheels and has none of the smooth flowing curves of sports car nor does it have any external features that give it an attitude. The hatchback looks more like a little station wagon that can hold four passengers if it must, but with very little remaining room for packages.
Although the car scenes in the movies would have you believe the Mini has race car like capabilities, the showroom floor model offers a bit less growl.
The 2018 Mini Cooper S is a 2-door, 4-passenger, front-wheel drive vehicle with a 1.5-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder engine and 6-speed manual transmission producing 134 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. Estimated fuel economy is 28/38 mpg city/hwy. The acceleration is a disappointing 0-60 in 10.2 seconds.
Perhaps the only women not repulsed by the Mini are those who imagine Mark Wahlberg behind the wheel instead of the man they see driving (if it’s not a chick driving).
8 Drive Them Away: Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
The Silverado is a brawny powerhouse built for the job site and towing. Its most imposing configuration features the optional combination Duramax diesel engine and Allison transmission. The turbodiesel generates more power than any rival diesel at 445 horsepower and a remarkable 910 lb-ft of torque. Although its towing capacity is less than its Ford and Ram competitors, it still pulls up to 23,300 pounds.
Silverado HD trucks are awash in chrome, boast huge upright grilles, and strut their stuff with imposing hoods that announce their power even when parked with the engine shut off. The truck comes standard with rear drive, although the four-wheel drive is a popular upgrade.
However, all that power, towing capacity, torque, and chrome has very little appeal to most women. Even the backup camera included in all models with a cargo box fails to impress. What’s more, equipped with huge tires, getting into the Silverado requires a climb worse than scaling a ladder, only to be greeted by an austere interior, followed by a bumpy ride typical of a heavy-duty truck with a traditional leaf-spring setup in the rear. The Silverado has plenty of features to repulse most women.
7 Drive Them Away: Volkswagen Golf Sport
Just the model description, “station wagon,” conjures up an image of the cumbersome, roof-rack packed with luggage, Griswold Family Truckster in the National Lampoon film, Vacation.
Modern-day station wagons are much sleeker than Griswold’s lumbering cruiser. However, the station wagon market has collapsed in America, replaced by the sportier, gas-hogging SUV and the minivan.
Several European manufacturers still offer luxury models with matching price tags while the Subaru Outback and the VW Golf Sport Wagon remain for the budget-minded buyer.
An evolution of the 50s and 60s sedans, the early station wagon met the demands of families with room for the kids and all their equipment including strollers, playpens, baseball bats, skis, and surfboards. However, the introduction of the minivan nearly made the wagon obsolete by accommodating more passengers and cargo for growing families.
The 4-door, 5-passenger, all-wheel drive Volkswagen Golf Sport Wagon has some attractive features like a 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 170 hp, 199 lb-ft, a 6-speed manual transmission, and drives like a sedan. However, the soccer mom, family car stigma that plagued the early wagons and the minivan remains, making the car and any man driving it repulsive to most women.
6 Drive Them Away: AMC Gremlin
Perhaps the ugliest production car ever made, the AMC Gremlin repulses both women and men. A short diamond-shaped hatchback body that looks like a station wagon with the back abruptly chopped off, the front curves down to a disproportionately long hood resulting in what looks like a child’s toy car.
Only a few inches longer than the Volkswagen Beetle, the unconventional design offered fun colors and additional options including a Levi’s denim interior complete with tiny red Levi’s tags sewn into the backrests.
The Gremlin’s mechanical attributes were worse than its troll-like appearance. Despite its rear-wheel-drive, almost 60 percent of its weight was distributed over the front wheels making traction in wet or snowy conditions difficult.
The back seat, just big enough to hold passengers under ten years old, was optional. The muscle required to turn the unassisted steering and continuously press the heavy-duty clutch in traffic was enough incentive to stay home at rush hour.
In spite of its design flaws and complete lack of style, the Gremlin enjoyed some success. It was the first American car that addressed the 1973 oil crisis and the nation’s sudden appetite for small, fuel-efficient vehicles.
5 Drive Them Away: 2018 Ford Transit Commercial Cargo Van
The sheer size of a cargo van is enough to deter most women (and many men) from even getting into it but driving and parking is a nightmare.
To enter most cargo vans, the door must be unlocked by inserting the key into the door lock, not with a remote control key. The door, made of lightweight inexpensive metal opens easily. Next, the driver takes two high steps and sits in a rather spartan interior with vinyl bucket seats, only to discover the mirrors are out of alignment. They can only be adjusted on the outside using the old-fashioned manual method.
Backing up a cargo van is a blind maneuver at best. Even with the mirrors properly adjusted the visibility is limited, making reverse an action best avoided.
Once on the road, driving a van is like driving a car, however, changing lanes is the challenge.
It begins with the turn signal, followed by a look over the shoulder and a check of all the mirrors. When all seems safe, a slow move into the adjacent lane begins while hoping that no car or stationary object gets in the way.
Although the 2018 Ford Transit Commercial Cargo Van has many car-type features that distinguish it from most traditional cargo vans, most women would still be repulsed.
4 Drive Them Away: Volkswagen Beetle
Although the Beetle began as a rugged vehicle built for the masses during World War II, it reincarnated in 1998 as a car that was neither rugged or sporty. A simple, austere interior complimented the disappointing performance characteristics, and many labeled it a car designed for “chicks.”
Volkswagen data would seem to confirm this. Sales figures for 1998 to 2011 show 76 percent of the Beetle coupes and 71 percent of the convertibles were purchased by women. Later years show a slight decline, but women still accounted for 65 percent of all sales.
The 2018 version of the Beetle is offered in Dune, S, SE, and Coast trim levels. All are available in the coupe or convertible. The iconic style is still present, and it remains a good value among small cars with an exceptional warranty that covers the car bumper-to-bumper for six years or 72,000 miles, whichever comes first.
However, the VW Beetle is, without question, a “chick’s” car and no man should consider driving it to attract the opposite sex. Add an airbrushed portrait of an attractive young woman to the “cute” exterior, and you have a car that no man should ever agree to ride in.
3 Drive Them Away: Ford Pinto
The Ford Pinto rivals the Gremlin as one the ugliest cars ever made, and the run-of-the-mill performance characteristics are not nearly enough to compensate. It is a car that attracts very few women and perhaps even fewer men.
Manufactured by Ford Motor Company in North America, the subcompact was sold during the 1971-1980 model years. The smallest American Ford vehicle since 1907, perhaps its only claim to fame is its distinction as the first mass-produced American car sold with rack and pinion steering.
The inline 4-cylinder engine in most models produced less than 100 hp. and the V6 wasn’t much better. Even with a low weight, the Pinto acceleration was mediocre at 0-60 mph in a lethargic 10.8 seconds.
Three body styles were offered: a two-door fastback sedan with a trunk, a two-door station wagon, and a three-door hatchback that resembled the chopped off backend body of the Gremlin.
The Pinto's fuel system design led to rear-impact-related fuel tank fires, which prompted a recall and subsequently resulted in lawsuits, a criminal prosecution, and public controversy.
Although Ford made more than three million cars during the 10-year production, the Ford Pinto was replaced by the Ford Escort in 1981 when it transitioned its product line towards front-wheel drive.
2 Drive Them Away: 2018 Volvo XC60
What woman would seriously be attracted to a man who drives a Volvo XC90? It is a relationship going nowhere. While the XC90 is a beautiful car, the man driving it is almost certainly married with several children. Most women would be repulsed.
Volvo’s reputation as a family car is derived from its focus on safety, which has a long history. In 1959 Volvo invented the three-point seatbelt, in 1972 the seatbelt reminder, and in 1991 the side impact protection system. Volvo is also responsible for the development of a whiplash protection system and a curtain airbag; both implemented in 1998.
In recent years, the company added several more innovative safety features including a blind spot information system and a pedestrian detection system with auto braking.
In 2017, Euro New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) awarded the Volvo XC60 the highest score for adult protection of any car tested. The organization also acknowledged the SUV’s exceptional safety assistance technology.
Perhaps most impressive is Volvo’s dedicated to its own Vision 2020 program with the goal that no deaths or serious injuries occur in one of their cars by 2020.
1 Drive Them Away: 1965 Shelby GT350
In 1965 Ford shipped a limited number of Mustangs to Shelby-American's Los Angeles facility with stock 289 cubic inch, 271 hp V-8s, where they underwent a transformation into the Shelby “Cobra.” A 715-cfm Holley four-barrel on a Cobra aluminum intake, cast-aluminum oil pan and valve covers, tri-Y headers, and glass pack mufflers exiting to the side of the car were a few of the upgrades. Engine output was boosted to 306 hp and 0-60 mph times came in at 6.8 seconds, with a quarter-mile elapsed time of 15 seconds flat at 91 mph. Top speed was close to 135 mph.
While the 1965 Shelby GT350 is considered by many to be the best muscle car ever made, it has limited appeal to the woman driver.
What woman wants to drive or ride in a car without all the modern conveniences like air conditioning, automatic transmission, and power steering? The GT350 has only two seats in front with the spare tire in plain view where the rear seats should be. The interior has no modern technology like Bluetooth or an infotainment system, no power locks, and no vehicle backup camera. The modern muscle car, with all its conveniences, has much appeal than the vintage version.
Sources: theglobeandmail.com, caranddriver.com, jalopnik.com