Valentine’s Day is next week – which makes this the perfect time to take a look at car, trucks, SUVs or other vehicles the opposite sex finds most fetching.
“If you find yourself without a date this Valentine’s Day, maybe it’s not you. Maybe it’s your car,” wrote Jeffrey Steele in an article, “Cars that attract the ladies (and guys)” at Insure.com.
Steele’s conclusion is based on an Insure.com survey of 2,000 men and women who were asked what type, brand and color of vehicle are driven by the most-fetching members of the opposite sex.
Women overwhelmingly find men in black vehicles attractive (53 percent), according to the survey. Pickup trucks (32 percent) and Ford (16 percent) also are category favorites among women. Meanwhile, men prefer women in sports cars (39 percent), especially if they’re red (40 percent), which may be appropriate for Valentine’s Day, in particular, and BMWs (16 percent).
“The findings strike me as very accurate,” says Joe Wiesenfelder, executive editor of Chicago-based Cars.com. “Among the general public, a black pickup truck is a reflection of a masculine owner. A woman walks up to a black pickup truck and says to herself, ‘Here’s a guy who can help me move, bring me large gifts from Crate & Barrel and do repairs around my condo.'”
At Edmunds.com, based in Santa Monica, automotive editor Mike Magrath also thinks results are plausible: “There’s just something about a truck … whether you’re in Santa Monica or San Antonio. It’s rugged, but it’s still a guy who’s put together enough resources to buy one and keep it on the road.”
“It makes sense,” Jessica Caldwell, senior analyst at Edmunds.com, says of the survey results with respect to women. “It brings forth the image of the rugged tough guy.”
Wiesenfelder thinks there a several factors at play in the choice of red BMW sports car for women, according to Steele. First, the BMW is a luxury car, so it suggests the owner has a disposable income.
“As a single man, that’s attractive to me,” he says. “I don’t want to carry the entire relationship.”
Besides pickup trucks, other vehicles ranked as attractive by women: Sports cars, 27 percent and SUVs, 16 percent, according to the survey. Least attractive? Mail trucks, 1 percent; minivans, 2 percent, UPS trucks, 4 percent, hybrid or electric vehicles, 9 percent, and sedans, 11, percent.
Men also found Sedans and SUVs somewhat attractive, 22 percent and 20 percent, respectively, with minivans, 4 percent; hybrid or electric vehicles, 6 percent, and pickups, 10 percent, least attractive.
“Your car always reflects something about you,” Wiesenfelder said in the Insure.com article. “You don’t always know what, but it must reflect something.”
Tomorrow, we’ll bring you more turn-ons and major turn-offs for both men and women.
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