5 Best Cars for Women Under 25 – If you ask most men, especially 25 years old and under, there are cars that are considered “girly”. However, some of the cars that are considered to be for women only have some of the best features, energy efficiency and are more stylish than many other cars out there. They are also less expensive to insure because of their reliability and safety. The five cars on the list are also affordable, with prices starting around $13,000. If you are a woman under 25, here is a list of cars you may want to consider looking into:
2012 Chevy Cruze
Debuting in 2011, the Chevy Cruze has taken over the market that the Cavalier and Cobalt used to appeal to with great success. Most of this success is due to the increased quality control that Chevy put into the Cruze making it a safe, solid car that is fun to drive and not hard to look at. The standard features were updated for the Cruze as well, with navigation, Bluetooth and keyless entry and ignition no longer just options. It is a comfortable car for up to five people, with plenty of cargo space for whatever you may need to bring with you, or take home. The 2012 Cruze is also impressive under the hood with a choice of two motors. The base LS is powered by a 136hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder, but most feature a turbocharged version of the same motor with more torque. More torque means a boost in low speed acceleration, which can come in handy for city driving. Move up to the Eco version and you will get an impressive 42 mpg highway EPA rating. Above all the Cruze is a safe vehicle to drive earning a government crash testing top five-star rating for overall safety. The Cruze is also affordably priced no matter which model you choose, starting at about $17,000.
2012 Honda Civic
The Honda Civic has been on many “best” lists for many years. The 2012 Civic is no exception to this rule. For 2012, the Civic provides more interior room and new technology. It features a 5-inch information display as well as iPod connectivity. With the variety of trims that the Civic is available in, comes a variety of engines to fit your needs as well. The base Civic is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that provides 140hp, but more importantly provides and EPA estimated 28 mpg city/36 highway. For something a little sportier, you may want to look at the Civic Si. For 2012, it is powered by a 2.4-liter engine that gives you 201 hp. It is only available in a 6spd manual transmission, but to make those people jealous when they refer to it as “girly”, if you do not know how to drive a 6spd, it is worth it to learn. Even with the larger engine you still get an EPA estimated 22/31, so you are still saving money on gas. Civics are also a safe vehicle as all models feature stability control and multiple airbags for driver and passenger safety. No matter which Civic you choose, you are buying a car with a long history of safety and reliability as well as customer loyalty.
2012 Mazda 3
For 2012, the Mazda 3 is available in a sedan or 2-door hatchback, both equally as sporty looking. It also features some new technology in the “Skyactiv” powertrain system. It is powered by a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with either a 6spd manual or 6spd automatic transmission. What this means is you have a base vehicle with a fuel efficiency of 40 mpg without any added features that on other cars can be a costly option. It also gives you more power than the other comparable 40mpg cars offered by other carmakers. The Mazda 3 is a very stylish car, which looks like it costs much more than it actually does. It is also one of the safest compact cars you can buy, as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Mazda 3 the highest rating of “good” in all categories. Both the sedan and hatchback provide plenty of room or passengers and cargo, as well as a sporty interior designed to complement the exterior styling of the Mazda 3. They are often referred to as one of the most fun to drive, sportiest cars in the compact car category. The Mazda 3 is truly a sports car hidden by a compact car façade.
2012 Kia Soul
Although the Kia Soul is not actually a car, it is still one that most men shy away from owning or driving just because of its looks. Its “different” look stands out in a crowd and with a model !, how can you go wrong. The 2012 Soul received quite a few upgrades from the previous year including some slight changes to improve the exterior styling. Yes, the trim levels are the ! and the +. The interior is attractive with choices of seat cloth patterns and features user-friendly controls on the dash. Under the hood, you have a choice of a 1.6-liter or 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with direct injection. The 1.6-liter offers great fuel economy with an EPA estimated 27 mpg city/35 highway. It is also given the highest score of “good” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in all categories. The Soul is not only a unique looking and practical car, it is easy to afford in initial investment, fuel cost and insurance rates. It features a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, which will also save you money on high dollar engine or transmission repairs for probably as long as you own the vehicle. So embrace the quirky look of the Soul knowing you are driving one of the most cost efficient compact vehicles on the road.
2012 Hyundai Veloster
Debuting in 2012, the Veloster provides a somewhat more practical version of a sporty two-door coupe, with a surprise third door that allows easy access to the back seat. The design has been done before, but it seems much more natural and practical with the Veloster. It is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that offers an acceptable 138hp. Inside the Veloster, you will find a surprising number of standard high tech features including a 7-inch touchscreen on the dash and Pandora internet radio. It also offers comparable fuel economy as vehicles that have less features and creature comforts. The Veloster offers a fuel economy rating of 28 mpg city/40 highway. Although there are no crash test ratings available as the Veloster is a new model, it features anti-lock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front, side and full-length side curtain airbags. It also features BlueLink, which is similar to GM’s OnStar system. The Veloster is not only reasonably priced and practical, but is packed with features that cars costing much more do not even have, making it worthwhile to check out.
Before you buy a car, pay attention to which cars all your male friends are making fun of, chances are one of them is on this list. No matter which vehicle suits your taste and budget, the five listed are some of the safest, most economical, and easiest to insure vehicles on the market today. Doing a little research and checking them all out for yourself is the best way to pick the right one for you.
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