Some people will tell you that organizing cars by gender is old-fashioned, sexist, even. These people don’t know what it’s like for a mom who’s trying to get four kids to school and then pick up groceries in comfort and style. Anyways, men and women alike enjoy matching their cars to their fashion sensibilities. Why do you think so many guys drive Jeeps? Are they ALL soldiers for hire? Do they spend every single weekend ramping that thing over dirt hills in the jungle? Or do they just think Jeeps are cool? When deciding what kind of car should I get, remember, there is nothing wrong with selecting a car just because you look good in it. Here are a few of our favorite fashionable autos for women in 2017.
If you’ve got a few extra bucks to spend, the Volvo XC90 is proof that a family car doesn’t have to look or feel like a “soccer mom” wagon. This luxurious SUV comes with three rows, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine available in turbo or supercharged, with 316 horsepower and surprisingly good mileage. It’s even available in a hybrid. Volvo has proven themselves time again to produce some of the safest, by defensive driving course standards, and most low-maintenance vehicles on the market, and the XC90 is no exception. At just under $50,000, it’s one of the pricier models on the list, but well worth the investment if you can spare the payments.
The Chevy Malibu comes in at around $21,000, new, but it looks and feels like it costs twice that. The cockpit is surprisingly roomy and incredibly comfortable for a relatively small car, and if you like a little get-up-and-go in your auto, the 1.5 liter four-cylinder turbocharged automatic 2016 model is hard to compete with, at 160 horsepower. The real charm of the Malibu can’t be described in facts and figures, though: It just feels really nice to drive. The turning is nice and smooth, the acceleration is nice and it stops on a dime. Stylish and luxurious without breaking the bank.
MINI Cooper Clubman
The MINI Cooper Clubman just screams class. The cool, boxy-but-modern design brings an air of sophistication to the affair, along with the barn-style twin doors in the rear. 134 horsepower with a 1.4-liter twin-turbo three-cylinder engine, with a 189hp Cooper S four-cylinder model available, this six/eight speed automatic offers the attractive design of the classic MINI’s with a little more leg room. The car sells in the $20-25,000 range depending on options and model.
It’s hard to believe the Scion iA goes for just under $16,000 at most dealerships. It was hard to find a car this nice for that price fifteen years ago, let alone today. The car’s appearance, half sleek and half beetle-esque, isn’t for everyone. We think it looks cool, but you’ll have to be the judge of that. The real attraction with this car is the 1.5 liter four-cylinder engine, running at 106 horsepower with awesome fuel economy, the manual and automatic transmission options, and the standard five-passenger seating. A solid family or personal car, perfect for the working mom or the girl about town.
You can just accept that you’ll never own a BMW, or… you can shop around and stumble upon the BMW X1. At $34,800, the X1 is within the typical price range for a family auto, but with all the BMW trademarks that usually drive that cost up another ten, twenty grand. Five seats with the xDrive28i engine, offering 228 horsepower with a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine. Eight speed auto-drive, and a lot of fun to drive with a luxurious interior, it’s a James Bond car at a working mom price.