Men love fast, exotic cars, and women want something safe and practical – at least that is the way conventional thinking goes. But a new study challenges these old beliefs. According to the auto information aggregators at iSeeCars, both sexes shop for minivans and hybrids equally.

The study also dug deeper into the different browsing habits between genders. For instance, women are twice as likely to shop for Kia and 67 percent more likely to shop for Hyundai. Men are seven percent more likely to buy American cars. Both sexes shop the German brands equally.

It seems that men might be slightly greener in their shopping because they are twice as likely to browse electric cars and two and a half times more likely to look at diesels.

Still, the old stereotype of men wanting a more performance-oriented car is not entirely false. They also are more likely to look at cars that cost over $45,000, and men are still more likely to buy a sports car.

"Men like fast, flashy cars. They are performance oriented, even if they have to shell out more money," Phong Ly, cofounder and CEO of iSeeCars, said in an interview with CBS MoneyWatch. "Women are looking for the best value."

The iSeeCars study got its data directly from dealers and online sellers like eBay Motors, then determined sex based on first name and excluded gender-neutral names. What it shows is that even if men might like browsing for fast cars, practicality and economy win out in the end. It's still fun to look, though.


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      DaveMart
      • 1 Year Ago
      With a wife like that I would certainly buy something with plenty of room to lie down in, whenever I stopped.
        DaveMart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DaveMart
        Perhaps they had just been testing the room in a minivan, judging by the disarray? If so, they seem to have found it adequate for size, as does she. Sports car drivers with huge testicles must have very small brains not to go the minivan route, it appears.
      FutureDoc
      • 1 Year Ago
      Shoot, that girl is going to get a great deal with a fly open that wide.
        VDuB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FutureDoc
        LOL. I wouldn't have noticed. I was just noticing her wanting look
        imoore
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FutureDoc
        I noticed that, too. And hot pink undies at that. Wow!
      Jay-Zeus
      • 1 Year Ago
      In true auto enthusiast fashion, we find the picture more interesting and newsworthy than minivans and hybrids.
      Cool Disco Dan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is her fly open?
      d.hollywood
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hottie in the picture don't look like a minivan consumer... at.. all. I'd totally smash.
      404 not found
      • 1 Year Ago
      There's definitely something else on her mind other than buying a car.
        Unanything
        • 1 Year Ago
        @404 not found
        That's the first thing I noticed about that picture haha
      FightingChanceJX
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Sorry ma'am, you're going to have to leave and return not wearing a shirt sized for juniors"
        flychinook
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FightingChanceJX
        "Sorry ma'am, you're going to have to leave and return not wearing a shirt" Fixed that for you.
      Captain Stu
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll be sexist and tell the truth. Men: diesels = torque Women: "What's torque?"
      John J
      • 1 Year Ago
      She wants the D.....iesel.
      danfred311
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here she is in higher resolution http://instantravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Resized2.jpg
      Mike Smith
      • 1 Year Ago
      Uh, is her fly open?!?
      A A
      • 1 Year Ago
      that chick is beautiful
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