If you hear the pejorative "chick car," what comes to mind? Mazda MX-5 Miata? Volvo C70? Would you believe neither made Inside Line's list of 2011 models with the highest percentage of female ownership? No. 1, with 57.9-percent female ownership was the Volvo S40. Considering the female dollar is sought-after, it's probably too bad that Volvo decided to axe the model for 2012.

That means No. 2, the Nissan Rogue with 56.9 percent, could take the top spot for 2012. Or maybe the VW Eos at No. 3 with 56.4 percent. We're also kind of wondering how the new Fiat 500 will fare this year.

No. 4 is another VW that shouldn't surprise. The cute New Beetle has been a perennial favorite among the ladies. It was No. 1 a year ago, but as we know, the newer, more aggressively styled Beetle is enjoying increased interest among the guys. No. 5? The Toyota Matrix, of all things.

Here's how the rest shake out according to Inside Line:

Top ten 2011 models with the highest proportion of female buyers

  1. Volvo S40 - 57.9%
  2. Nissan Rogue - 56.9%
  3. Volkswagen Eos - 56.4%
  4. Volkswagen New Beetle - 54.6
  5. Toyota Matrix - 54.1%
  6. Hyundai Tucson - 54%
  7. Honda CR-V - 53.4%
  8. Toyota RAV4 - 54%
  9. Nissan Juke - 52.7% (tie)
  10. Jeep Compass - 52.7% (tie)



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      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      funny the so called "chick cars" are still bought about 50% by males..... superficial idiots.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lachmund
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      kathvette
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm a lady and I've always had corvettes for the last 20 years, my latest being a 6 speed with a flowmaster exhaust, which I love to drive (especially downshifting!) and I keep a Nissan Maxima for the winter snow as a second car. It would surprise you what the hatch compartment on a Corvette can hold. So I obviously don't have a clue as to what the ladies see in this list of cars!
      JonZeke
      • 2 Years Ago
      None of these are surprising to me as I know women who own most of these, but I'm sure it rattles those who feast on stereotypes at every opportunity.
      kate
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting comments here. I know when I pick a car for myself, it's not what my husband would have picked for me. I like economy, comfort, room, and fun. Currently, I drive a 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT. It's lots of fun, decent gas mileage, and you can fold down all the seats and go crazy at IKEA. Remember guys, us girls don't tend to want to race the guy next to us at the red light, and our car is not an extension of anything on our body :D
        houseiowapark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kate
        You are not speaking for all girls, I will take mine to the quarter mile and give it a go. First rule of thumb, you have to have something with an engine and I do mean an engine, to do so. I have always loved fast cars and have been known to drive the drag strip. Extensions? Maybe so, but to each his own. Vibes are nice cars, by the way.
        HollywoodF1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kate
        True-- men do like the competitive aspect of cars. Women, on the other hand, appear to choose cars as a tool to facilitate the object of their competitive nature: Shopping.
      Paul Paul
      • 2 Years Ago
      i drive an S40, but it's a stick!!! ;_;
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Paul Paul
        You mean you really drive a car? Wow are you old-fashioned or something. (4 manual trans cars in our household).
      KaBoomBOX
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought that the Juke was especially designed to appeal to young urban dwelling men?
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KaBoomBOX
        It seems like every time companies try to market vehicles to that demographic, the young, urban male hipster, they always end up selling to more middle aged and older women. The Scion XB is another prime example of this phenomenon.
          SatinSheetMetal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris
          Isn't the young, urban male hipster the one with earrings, eye-shadow, bangs, skinny jeans, and an obsession with their phone? I'm confused too.
      puto.escobar
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting how #1 has the male symbol stamped on the front grille.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pretty much I would expect. I'll bet the old V-6 Mustangs would have been higher, a little surprised the Matrix is on there. I'll bet the Lexus RX350 and ES350 would crack the top 15. I wouldn't really buy any of these - the Juke would be a fun little car and I dig the goofy styling, but it's tiny/has no headroom so I don't fit in the darn thing...
      Brian_E
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hmmm.....interesting list. But buyers don't necessarily equate to drivers. I purchased the car that my wife drives and I know several of my friends have done the same. Don't forget all of the teenage princesses that have convinced their fathers to buy cars more expensive than the POS they drive to work everyday (I pray my daughter will never have that power over me, lol)
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brian_E
        Whenever I go to the BMW dealer in Jackson, MS, I see at least one Old Miss princess having her car serviced, while she blabs away on her iPhone. Really needs that German road machine on campus.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      What about Mini Cooper and BMW 3 series? Why are they not on the list? What about minivans?
      houseiowapark
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wouldn't be caught dead owning any on the list. Yuk. CTS is all I drive, am on my second one and love these cars. Nothing with a foreign name, only classic American brands. Period.
      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am not particularly surprised at any of the vehicles on the list, except for maybe the Matrix. I am kind of surprised that the Mustang V6 didn't make the list. Most of the people I see driving them are females, and people like to call them "secretary cars".
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