Top 10 Cars Women Love For 2013
6. Nissan Altima
Nissan introduced an all-new 2013 Altima mid-way though 2012, and we understand why both the old and the new cars were so popular: They do everything women ask from their mid-size sedans, carrying 5 people in comfort, style and economy. The 2013 version is especially appealing, offering both a fuel-efficient (38 MPG highway!) four-cylinder engine and a super-Vroomy V6. Though the market is trending towards smaller cars, it wouldn’t surprise us if the Altima remains a car women keep buying a lot.
7. Chevrolet Equinox
Chevrolet may not be the sexiest brand on the market as far as women are concerned; their most attention-getting cars (the Corvette and the Camaro) are designed to appeal to men. We imagine that the key to the Equinox’s popularity is that it does its job well: It was designed to provide maximum cargo and back-seat room in a compact, easy-to-park package. We like the Equinox’s subtle, modern styling and nicely-trimmed interior, though the prices are a bit high — the Equinox’s sticker price is higher than both the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
8. Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V was the utility vehicle that women bought most in 2011, and frankly we were a bit surprised to see it slip so far down on the list. The CR-V hasn’t changed; it’s still as sensible as can be with a simple, spacious interior, fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, and a well-earned reputation for quality and dependability. While it’s not the sexiest CUV on this list — the Ford Focus has that one all wrapped up — it’s the one we’d choose, especially for women who like to keep their cars as long as possible.
9. Chevrolet Cruze
With so many good imported compact cars on the market, it’s nice to see a car women find so appealing is made by an American company. The Cruze’s popularity does not surprise us: With a whopping ten airbags, it has a stronger commitment to safety than most of its competitors. The exterior styling isn’t exactly cutting edge, but the American-made Cruze features a well-finished cabin with several available color and trim combinations, plus a sizable trunk. Chevy offers a Cruze Eco model rated at 42 MPG on the highway; unfortunately it only achieves that lofty number with a manual transmission, but though Chevy does plan to introduce a thrifty turbodiesel later this year.
10. Ford Focus
No question, the Ford Focus is one of the most eye-catching compact cars on the market, but its appeal goes well beyond its looks. The Focus is one of the most comprehensive compacts on the market, with offerings ranging from the basic sub-$17k Focus S to the Focus Titanium, which can be equipped with heated leather seats, voice-activated navigation, and even a self-parking system — yep, you read that right, the Focus can actually park itself! And for the eco-chic among us, there’s even a battery-operated version, the Focus Electric, which can go 76 miles on a charge with zero tailpipe emissions. All this, plus the Focus is built right here in the USA.