• Feb 29, 2008
Research International USA's TRU branch has polled the youth of our country and discovered that they'd like a fun, stylish car more than anything (duh) -- namely the Mustang. Twenty-somethings posed the same question picked the Honda Civic above all else, mainly because they've had a dose of reality, and are now paying their own insurance and fuel.
So what exactly does this study say? As you mature, your experience leads to more practical decision making, perhaps? That there's a whole subset of spoiled brat high schoolers who have their insurance and fuel paid for and also expect that being handed the keys to a 3,500 pound wheeled liability is a birthright? Probably a bit of both, we suppose, but the fact remains that the Mustang is a flashy, fun car that even non-car people could point out in a crowd and undoubtedly has decent youth appeal.

The rest of the teens choices weren't earth shattering. Besides the Mustang, the cars that young drivers most desire are posted below the fold.

[Source: KickingTires]
  • Honda Civic
  • Honda Accord
  • Volkswagen Beetle
  • Toyota Camry (what?)
  • Toyota Corolla (double-what?)
  • Chevy Impala (triple-WTF?)
  • Ford Focus
  • Ford F150
  • Jeep Wrangler
  • Chevy Silverado
  • VW Jetta
  • Nissan Maxima


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I imagine Mom was breathing down the neck of a few of these kids when they answered these questions. Remember John Lovitz? Camry! Yeah,that's the ticket.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i started with 91 honda civic dx sedan in high school, then 92 honda civic dx hatch, and now i'm with 06 civic ex sedan. i don't think i'll ever stop buying my civics.

      would be interesting to see a survey like this for canada.
      • 6 Years Ago
      didn't anyone have a Chevette as their 1st vehicle?
      at one time, a brown four door chevette was the cheapest vehicle to insure and drive.
      thats what i had, did the ole' meet my parents half way, when i saved up $1000, they kicked in the next $1000. took me a year to do.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm willing to say that the respondants that selected the Corolla were females.

      Not pulling a stereotype or anything of the sort, it just happens that most of the people who even think of the Corolla as car they could own are women.

      I don't understand the Camry, Accord and Impala (or the pickups), though.

      People who voted for the Focus probably haven't seen the new one... Probably... That or they want SYNC.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh, and as for the Failstang being prefered, I'm not surprised at all. If it's not a fartcan, it's a Mustang, anywhere.

        C1 MOTORSPORTS YEAH (enjoy turning).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Uh. . . so where's the mazda 3, toyota scion, hyundai tiburon, cobalt ss? I mean an impala? definitely wtf.

      And for the record, as a 20 something I'd still take the mustang over the civic.
        • 6 Years Ago
        as a 20 something I rather take the Civic over the mustang. I don't have to deal with the underpower V8 (is it a v or inline?) versus my bias opinion of the VQ V6. With the Civic I can have good mpg and I don't have to deal with car troubles. Anything broken I can fix it. Too bad I can't say that for my C kompressor stupid engine light...no oil dipstick? omfg...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why on earth anyone would want a Corolla, first car or otherwise, is beyond me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        agreed again, which is why i dream of a gti or a tdi vw in the future
        • 6 Years Ago
        agreed; a tasteless, boring corolla= 2000 dollars , my brilliant italian-designed 1968 Karmann Ghia= 300 dollars; my peers cant cant realize how fantastic and reliable a classic car can be with a simple seatbelt upgrade and a new stereo.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, but good luck with that KG in a side impact. Rust is less an issue in a car that isn't 40 years old, too. And you know, I love me some aircooled Veedubs...I just wouldn't want my kids driving them regularly
      Chris
      • 6 Years Ago
      My first car was a 1987 Mercury Cougar XR-7 I loved that car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That list is full of WTF in my opinion. I'm surprised the Mazda3 isn't there. That's what I'm about to get for myself.

      I learned to drive on a '91 Mazda Miata. It was a manual with no power steering, ABS, AC, power windows...or anything really. It was a lot of fun to drive, though. I'd probably get another one if I didn't have to take the whole "practical" thing into consideration.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm 29 and use to drive a '92 Honda Civic. I sold it and now drive a '03 Toyota Camry SE. The SE is the sportier version which comes with rear spoiler, sunroof, fog lamps and a sportier dash - orange lights. It is a nice car to drive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My first car was a 2007 Honda Fit. I now drive an S2000. I love my parents so much for providing all that they do, food, love, housing, car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Honda civic? yeah people like these, really cheap, good gas, can get riced up easily.
      Honda Accord? can still be riced out and basically is the same as the Civic.
      VW Beetle ? Dude its not 1999...i think even very few women want them anymore...those plastics fade so quick.
      Toyota Camry and Carolla? maybe cause of gas and how cheap they are...otherwise? heck no!
      Impala ? Giant rims maybe? my generation loves the 96's Impala's are badass but anything other than that are kinda boring but kids like doing weird things to cars.
      Focus? uhhh i guess an American rice burner? some kids actually know about the Steeda and SVT models.
      F-150...some kids can be rednecks or some can just.... need to feel big?
      Wrangler...Some people like to try and go mudding and losing their car =)
      Silverado- Some as f-150
      Jetta and Maxima? man...that is out there, i guess some women like the Altima and Maxima.

      There are a lot of cars i see missing from the list. Asking my kids about this, most kids around his school are into the whole "gangster" thing and want Escalades and other assorted "bling" vehicles...I guess the age where kids want performance cars is over....i mean REAL performance cars....when i was growing up, a Boss 302 or a Pontiac 455 or heck a Chevy 350 was the thing you wanted, or a 300Zx or a Supra...and now adays i'd think a WS6, a Mustang GT or a WRX, GTI or Evo...but no...its a sad sad world.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't see what the problem is about Maximas. They are fast, look good, and have a lot of luxury features. Why wouldn't kids want them? Hell, I'm about to buy one myself. Of course, I'm talking about ones up to 2003. 2004 - current are hideous.
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