What impression does your ride make on women? If you were to generalize, most ladies love to see their men dressed well and driving a sharp or classy vehicle. The trouble is, men have no fashion sense. Their car can be revolting or a bucket of bolts. It can be too small, too cute, too obnoxiously macho, or too likely to pick up other women. Let's face it, women do have a say about a man's personal taste, even about the vehicle they drive. Maybe, sometimes, that's a good thing. You want her to smile and join you, complimenting your style and maybe even talking car tech with you. You definitely don't want to turn them away, like some of these cars will.
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This especially goes for country girls -- there are so many songs about how a pickup truck is a chick magnet, including the classic "Pickup Man" by Joe Diffie. You'd be surprised how many women of all types love to ride by a man's side in his F-150 of any kind, and bench seats do lend themselves to romance. The classic models have a feel all their own, like something from a Nicholas Sparks novel, a sign of a tough but tender hardworking guy.
Looking an awful lot like the Tonka trucks kids play with just after they learn to walk, the Hummer in yellow has several ways that it repels women, and any other color has just one offense fewer to offer. First for many is the environmental ridiculousness of it since it takes lots of fuel to drag this carcass around town and, well, it doesn't really look like it belongs around town, at least not in the lower 48.
Women escaping the stud with the Hummer will naturally gravitate to the sensitive guy in the Prius since it's all about the environment and being careful with one's consumption. If the Prius is too old, though, warning bells sound -- could be a guy with heart, but not money or common sense, and older Priuses can be a bit of an albatross when the eco-friendly battery system needs updating. Taking the bus together because he can't afford several grand for new batteries can be a turn-off, so go for new or nearly new -- the latest tech updates for maps and music are always important.
Just because it's small doesn't mean it's sensible. One plus might be that its Mercedes heritage has given the Smart ForTwo a structure that's a bit harder to crush in an accident. There's an electric version, but only if the woman trusts you to keep it charged -- date night and range anxiety don't mix and that whoops, the "we ran out of gas" line doesn't work with electric either anymore. Besides all that, a key point: if you take her shopping, where does she put all the stuff?
If a woman gets into your Range Rover, in the back of her mind, she just knows you're taking her to your country estate or castle, and even if she's firmly grounded in reality, that princess mystique lingers to your benefit. If you wear a tweed jacket and take her to the symphony, all the better, or dress down and carry a picnic hamper with quail's eggs and caviar in the back. You could go mudding or pile in camping gear and take a weekend away from it all, but with a vehicle like this, do mix in a few highbrow occasions.
If you drive one of these on a date, make sure it's with your wife or at least hide your wife's stuff -- this is a family car with very little adventure in it that doesn't involve baby wipes or Wiggles videos. In modern times you two might already have some youngsters as a single parent, in which case this might be the perfect and practical vehicle. But it's not a great way to make a first impression on someone who thinks you're single, hopes you're hot and available, and wants to look good out on the town.
The Tesla S's big advantage over traditional muscle cars is that you can hear each other talk since it's a quiet electric car, but it also has 518 horsepower for a fun ride, and it's clocked at zero to sixty in 2.4 seconds in the performance model's ludicrous mode. On the other hand, the long-range package gives it around 370 miles between charges, and a 440-volt charge takes less than two hours, so with a little care, you don't have to get range anxiety when you're taking a trip together.
Range anxiety galore with only 153 miles on a charge, though you can get a little gas-powered range extender to cheat a bit. Still, if you've watched The Grand Tour episode where James May tries to make a trip in one, you'll know that while you're enjoying this nicely styled, fun car you'll also be nail-biting about whether you're going to get where you're going on time -- or at all if the charging stations are down.
Look for a red soft top option, which adds some unique style to this handsome, powerful convertible with even more aggressive appearance in 2020. Women love confidence and the impression is yours to lose when you roll up in one of these, hugging the road and flashing all-around LED lighting. It's not wimpy about the weather, either, so take her skiing or for a drive in the summer rain. Enjoy the leather seats and exquisite sound from the Burmester sound system and make automotive memories together.
Even in its 21st-century reincarnation, this car is all about discomfort: designed to make plenty of noise, accelerate from zero to sixty in five seconds and offer performance that generally will keep you distracted and looking for someone to race. Women don't want to play second fiddle to a car, and they sure don't want to be taken for a wild ride every time you go out.
Beware of a Mercedes Misstep: the A and C class cars may have some nice appointments and gadgets, but they are entry-level and could send the wrong message since you don't want to seem like a wannabe -- it's S-class all the way for luxury. E-class looks nice, but it's for executives, and you want her to think you're a bit more fun than that. If you're buying the S-class new, have a thousand Benjamins in your wallet to start, unless you're leasing, of course, and go for the convertible if you can, luxury is just somehow better with the top down.
Volkswagen's competitor for the Mercedes S-class, discontinued in 2016, had a 12-cylinder engine and was created as a kind of VW limousine. It has some similarity to the executive-style chauffeur-driven cars popular in South Korea and China, and that's where it sold the best. It might be luxurious and it does perform well, but it's going to raise more questions about you than it answers if you drive this curiosity.
A new Jaguar may be nice, but a classic E-type is an instant wow. It's recognizable, has classic styling, and is fun to drive and ride in while it shows a taste for the finer things without being ostentatious. You could show up in an old Bentley, for example, but this will make a much better, refined British impression and adds an element of sports car danger which you as a man of mystery might just possess.
Any of these in the S-type revival from 1998 to 2007 will offend quickly and effectively because they look vaguely like a British taxicab, and the design is such a combination of clashing elements that it's hard to believe they didn't wipe the slate clean and start over. They did go ahead and build without remorse, and you could buy a used one, but really, there are much less clunky luxury-type vehicles out there to pick from, choose one of those.
The ES 350h combines high-end Lexus luxury, a comfortable and, in EV mode, a tranquil ride with enough horsepower for masterful driving. The key is that it's also clean air and carbon-friendly, which could be that added bonus she's been looking for. While it does 112 mph at the track, you'll probably get her mad if you try to show off that feature, so relax, enjoy, and make every day together special in your ultra-low emission Lexus.
Get a bunch of guys together, guys who talk sports, and ask them the first chick car that comes to their minds. It'll be one of two: the New Beetle or the MINI Cooper Convertible. Chances are, the woman you have in mind knows this also and may make assumptions about you when she sees you driving this, which aren't what you were hoping for. It's fun, sure, great for a trip to the beach, but still -- if you want to downplay the macho, just go for a hybrid version of a manly car.
In the game of love, driving this car is an unfair advantage. Sleek, powerful, a pleasure to handle but not distracting, it gives you a chance to take a woman for a comfortable, thrilling ride without overfocusing on the drive and not the girl. Plus, it comes in pretty colors! Just kidding, those are manly but bright so you can be seen far enough down the road when you're coming up fast. It's breathtaking aesthetics and elegant engineering together.
While the price of this Ferrari has been going up, up, up, it's not a great investment in your love life because it's a slap-dash collection of cutouts and attachments which looks a mess, leading some to call it "the world's ugliest car." That might be exaggerating a bit since there are plenty of ugly ducklings from the former Soviet Union, but comparing a Ferrari to a Lada is just too cruel. Let's just say that, while she might be impressed that you have a Ferrari; if she has any sense of style at all, she'll be wincing.