What are some of the things women look for when shopping for a new car? Safety, comfort and reliability are a few, with fuel economy not far behind. Most men are on the other end of the spectrum, with speed and power at the top of the list.
This may sound stereo-typical, but according to Consumer Reports, they interviewed more than one million consumers in their last owner satisfaction survey to confirm the above "wants" to be true. Many of the surveyed owners said they would buy the same vehicle when asked if they had a second chance to do it all over again.
This is the first year Consumer Reports separated the survey by gender. The one vehicle men and women can both agree on, along with receiving the highest praise, is the Tesla Model S. The Tesla's power, luxurious interior, and innovative electric motor that allows you to drive up to 225 miles on a single charge, earned it the highest rating ever with Consumer Reports.
Women are less likely to purchase sports cars such as the Chevrolet Corvette or various Porsche models like the 911, Caymen or Boxter. Men, on the other hand, are less likely than women to buy a hybrid vehicle. The only hybrid to make it on the men's list is the Honda Accord Hybrid
According to the survey, women also love to drive pickups. The Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Silverado received really high marks, proving fuel economy isn't everything. Lexus and Mercedes-Benz are favorites for women in the luxury vehicle category.
One of the most interesting facts about the owner satisfaction survey was that most of the vehicles to make it on the women's list is comprised of vehicles that have earned very high scores with Consumer Reports. However, the same can't be said about the men's choices.
Check out all the new cars women love to drive below.
|New Car Model||Price Range|
|Most Loved Overall|
|Tesla Model S||$76,000 - $106,000|
|Most Loved Luxury Car|
|Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan (V6)||$53,575 - $102,675|
|Runner-up - Lexus ES (Gas and Hybrid)||$37,000 - $40,580|
|Most Loved Family Car|
|Toyota Prius||$25,025 - $30,830|
|Runner-up - Volkswagen Passat TDI||$21,340 - $35,995|
|Runner-up - Honda Accord||$22,105 - $35,055|
|Runner-up - Ford Fusion||$22,500 - $36,630|
|Most Loved Small SUV|
|Subaru Forester (Non-Turbo)||$23,045 - $33,945|
|Runner-up - Jeep Cherokee||$23,095 - $30,895|
|Most Loved Midsized SUV|
|Toyota Highlander (V6)||$30,050 - $51,125|
|Runner-up - Lexus RX||$40,970 - $49,020|
|Runner-up - Lexus GX||$49,485 - $61,115|
|Most Loved Minivan | Wagon|
|Subaru Outback (6-cylinder)||$25,745 - $33,845|
|Runner-up - Toyota Prius V||$26,675 - $30,935|
|Runner-up - Toyota Sienna (FWD)||$28,700 - $46,250|
|Runner-up - Honda Odyssey||$28,975 - $44,600|
|Top 5 Cars Women Love and Hate to Drive|
|Top 5 Cars Women Love to Drive||Top 5 Cars Women Hate to Drive|
|Tesla Model S||Dodge Journey|
|Toyota Prius||Nissan Sentra|
|Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan (V6)||Kia Sportage|
|Subaru Forester (Non-Turbo)||Volkswagen Jetta|
|Chevrolet Volt||Volkswagen Tiguan|
|Top 5 Cars Men Love and Hate to Drive|
|Top 5 Cars Men Love to Drive||Top 5 Cars Men Hate to Drive|
|Tesla Model S||Nissan Sentra|
|Chevrolet Corvette Stingray||Jeep Compass|
|Porsche Boxter||Nissan Versa|
|Porsche Cayman||Kia Optima Hybrid|
|Porsche 911||Ford Escape (4-Cylinder, Non-Turbo)|
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