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The Most Popular Cars for Women

List RulesBased on percentage of each model purchased by women

The most popular cars for women might be considered cute girly cars by some but they are also some of the most practical and fuel efficient cars on the market today. Stereotypes may say that women are less informed about cars than men but sales statistics show that women tend to purchase automobiles more with their head, men more with their heart. Go figure.

According to the results of an annual study conducted by TrueCar.com, these makes and models are not the most popular with women in terms of sales volume but by the percentage of purchases by women compared to purchases by men. Using a pool of over eight million auto purchases in 2011, TrueCar.com concluded that while men easily dominate the large SUV and truck market, as well as the high-end luxury market, perfect for that midlife crisis, women want smaller, more-fuel-efficient cars on which they can rely.

Leading the pack in 2011 for car sales by women was the Volvo S40 which was purchased nearly 58% of the time by women. The Nissan Rogue, Volkswagen Eos, Volkswagen Beetle and Hyundai Tucson rounded out the top five with all of the models being purchased at least 54% of the time by females. Each are all considered for the most part practical and safe ranging on the low end from around $19,999 (the new Volkswagen Beetle) to the high end of around $34,000 (the Volkswagen Eos).

All of the leading cars purchased by women are also produced by international auto companies. In fact, it wasn't until the ninth position on the list did an American-made car appear in the Jeep Compass. That was however the only American car in the top 20 as models from manufacturers like Toyota, Lexus, Maxda, Acura and Mitsubishi prevail over manufacturers like Ford, Chevrolet and Chrysler.

These so-called girly cars may not be Porches, heavy-duty trucks or Corvettes, which by the way are purchased more than 85% more by men than women, but they are certainly not the ugliest cars in the world, not to mention better on gas mileage. Sounds like women don't do too bad in making educated car purchases after all.
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  • 1
    358
    271

    Volkswagen New Beetle

    Compact car, Hatchback
  • 2
    266
    211

    Mazda MX-5

    Roadster
  • 3
    235
    209

    Lexus IS

    Compact car
  • 4
    226
    204

    Toyota Corolla

    Compact car, Subcompact car
  • 5
    203
    183

    Honda CR-V

    Compact car, Compact sport utility vehicle
  • 6
    221
    204

    Toyota RAV4

    Compact car, Crossover SUV
  • 7
    170
    170

    Nissan Rogue

    Compact sport utility vehicle, Hatchback
  • 8
    201
    210

    Ford Focus

    Compact car, Hatchback
  • 9
    167
    184

    Volkswagen Eos

    Compact car, Coupé
  • 10
    142
    159

    Nissan JUKE

    Mini sport utility vehicle, Crossover SUV
  • 11
    153
    182

    Honda Fit

    Supermini, Compact car
  • 12
    118
    144

    Toyota Yaris

  • 13
    135
    175

    Volkswagen Jetta

    Compact car, Subcompact car
  • 14
    111
    153

    Mazda CX-7

    Sport utility vehicle, Crossover SUV
  • 15
    70
    124

    Nissan Sentra

    Compact car, Subcompact car
  • 16
    71
    128

    Volvo V40

    Compact car
  • 17
    69
    127

    Hyundai Tucson

    Compact sport utility vehicle, Sport utility vehicle
  • 18
    72
    134

    Infiniti EX

    Compact car, Compact sport utility vehicle
  • 19
    71
    134
    Compact sport utility vehicle, Sport utility vehicle
  • 20
    67
    136

    Jeep Compass

    Compact sport utility vehicle, Sport utility vehicle
  • 21
    68
    139

    Mitsubishi Eclipse

    Compact car, Mid-size car
  • 22
    63
    132

    Nissan Versa

  • 23
    53
    123

    Kia Cerato

    Compact car, Sedan
  • 24
    38
    130

    Hyundai Entourage

    Minivan