Best-selling cars for women
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Top 9 cars women buy more than men (since the $4/gallon)

Best-selling cars for women
There are currently only nine new vehicles registered to more women than men.

Yes, it’s true. Men still dominate the car-buying statistics, although women have been steadily growing as prime car buyers (not simply “influencers”) since the 1980s. Because it’s been the No. 1 woman-dominated vehicle for years, the automotive press has long maligned the VW Beetle for being the quintessential “chick car.” To be fair, the flower vase on the dash does give this impression. But since its arrival in May, the VW Tiguan has taken over the No. 1 position, making it the ultimate in estrogen-based car buying.

The arrival of the Tiguan came alongside the ugly reality of the $4 gallon of gas, so J.D. Power and Associates’ Power Information Network put together the sales numbers from the last two months to see where women’s buying habits were headed.

-- Los Angeles Times Staff Writers (Volkswagen Beetle)
2009 Volkswagen Tiguan
No. 1 -- Volkswagen Tiguan
Move over, New Beetle, there’s actually a more desirable chick magnet in town from the same carmaker: the VW Tiguan. It’s not only “ooooh” -inspiringly cute, it’s practical and efficient.


Percentage of buyers who are female:
61.70%

EPA fuel economy:
18 city/ 24-25 hwy

Available engines:
200-hp, 2.0-liter I-4

Available transmissions:
6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

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Volkswagen A-Z
Cars.com (2009 Volkswagen Tiguan)
Volkswagen Beetle
No. 2 - Volkswagen Beetle

Percentage of buyers who are female:
57.9%

EPA fuel economy:
20 city/ 28-29 hwy

Available engines:
150-hp, 2.5-liter I-5

Available transmissions:
5-speed manual w/OD
6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

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Volkswagen A-Z
Cars.com (Volkswagen Beetle)
Hyundai Tucson
No. 3 -- Hyundai Tucson

Percentage of buyers who are female:
55.7%

EPA fuel economy:
17-20 city/ 23-25 hwy

Available engines:
140-hp, 2.0-liter I-4
173-hp, 2.7-liter V-6

Available transmissions:
4-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
5-speed manual w/OD

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Hyundai A-Z
Cars.com (Hyundai Tucson)
Kia Sportage
No. 4 -- Kia Sportage

Percentage of buyers who are female:
53.5%

EPA fuel economy:
17-20 city/ 21-25 hwy

Available engines:
140-hp, 2.0-liter I-4
173-hp, 2.7-liter V-6

Available transmissions:
4-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
5-speed manual w/OD

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Kia A-Z
Cars.com (Kia Sportage)
Nissan Rogue
No. 5 -- Nissan Rogue

Percent of buyers who are female:
53.1%

EPA fuel economy:
21-22 city/ 236-27 hwy

Available engines:
170-hp, 2.5-liter I-4

Available transmissions:
2-speed CVT w/OD

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Nissan A-Z
Cars.com (Nissan Rogue)
Volvo V50
No. 6 -- Volvo V50

Percentage of buyers who are female:
52.6%

EPA fuel economy:
18-20 city/ 26-28 hwy

Available engines:
168-hp, 2.4-liter I-5
227-hp, 2.5-liter I-5

Available transmissions:
5-speed automatic
5-speed automatic w/auto-manual

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Volvo V50
Cars.com (Volvo V50)
Volkswagen Eos
No. 7 -- Volkswagen Eos

Percentage of buyers who are female:
51.3%

EPA fuel economy:
19-21 city/ 26-30 hwy

Available engines:
200-hp, 2.0-liter I-4
250-hp, 3.2-liter V-6

Available transmissions:
6-speed auto-shift manual w/OD
auto-manual

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Volkswagen A-Z
Cars.com (Volkswagen Eos)
Honda CR-V
No. 8 -- Honda CR-V

Percentage of buyers who are female:
50.9%

EPA fuel economy:
20 city/ 26-27 hwy

Available engines:
166-hp, 2.4-liter I-4

Available transmissions:
5-speed automatic w/OD

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Honda A-Z
Cars.com (Honda CR-V)
Nissan Sentra
No. 9 -- Nissan Sentra

Percentage of buyers who are female:
50.1%

EPA fuel economy:
21-25 city/ 29-33 hwy

Available engines:
140-hp, 2.0-liter I-4
177-hp, 2.5-liter I-4
200-hp, 2.5-liter I-4

Available transmissions:
2-speed CVT w/OD
2-speed CVT w/OD and auto-manual
6-speed manual w/OD

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Nissan A-Z
Cars.com (Nissan Sentra)
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