The Most Male-Dominated Car Brands
A new survey conducted by Edmunds.com found that women are more value-minded, searching for more affordable brands and paying closer attention to a car's potential fuel economy.
Men, on the other hand, are more concerned with power and performance. In analyzing nearly 10 million car registrations, here are the car brands most likely to be owned by men. Most of them will come as no surprise:
10. TeslaMale ownership percentage: 83%
Eighty-three percent of Tesla owners are men, according to the Edmunds study. More than 17,000 of the company's flagship, all-electric Model S have been purchased so far in 2013, and the upstart company has plans to sell its small SUV-minded Model X in 2015.
7 (tie). Rolls-RoyceMale ownership percentage: 84%
More than 400 Rolls-Royce vehicles have been sold in America this year, and 84 percent have been purchased by men.
Founded in 1906 by Henry Royce and Charles Rolls, the Rolls-Royce brand is now operated by BMW. Earlier this year, Rolls-Royce introduced the Wraith, a coupe that packs a 624-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-12 under its hood.
7 (tie). Maserati
Male ownership percentage: 84%
Maserati will sell approximately 4,000 vehicles in the United States this year. Approximately 84 percent are purchased by men.
Last month, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash-tested the 2014 Maserati Ghibli, and it passed four tests with a "good" rating from the nonprofit organization.
The Ghibli earned a Top Safety Pick overall ranking, the second-highest mark given by IIHS, which mean this car that packs 404 horsepower isn't just fast, it is also relatively safe.
7 (tie). RamMale ownership percentage: 84%
Eighty-four percent of Ram buyers are men, according to the study. It's an exception on this list, in that it's not a sports car that only the one percenters can afford. It's an everyday vehicle accessible to the middle class, and one many people need for work. While Ram's sales trail its two main pickup competitors, the Chevy Silverado and Ford F-Series, it has gained market share so far this year.
Of particular interest to Ram buyers early in 2014 might be the new Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Paired with an eight-speed transmission, the diesel V6 engine will provide drivers with 420 pound-feet of torque and an estimated 20 miles per gallon in city driving and 27 mpg on the highway.
Male ownership percentage: 86%
Lotus has a storied history of making cars for the driving enthusiast. Although it only sells one model in the U.S. right now, the Evora, car geeks still know and love the British brand. There aren't many buyers on our shores, but of those few, eighty-six percent of them are male.
The Evora employs a 3.5L V6 engine that produces 276 hp. Coupled with the car's utterly superb handling and balance, it's revered for it's driving dynamics.
5. FiskerMale ownership percentage: 87%
The last Fisker sold was the 2012 Karma, a hybrid vehicle with a combined fuel economy of 52 miles per gallon. It ran on a 4-cylinder engine, along with a rechargeable lithium ion battery. While it had a sharp design and looks big from the outside, the very small cabin led the EPA to rate the Fisker as a subcompact. It was also only about half as efficient as a Chevy Volt, but for more than double the price. Neither men nor women are buying Fiskers anymore. The company filed for bankruptcy in November 2013.
4. Aston MartinMale ownership percentage: 88%
Aston Martin is a British manufacturer that makes unbelievably cool and fast cars. Each car is rooted in racing history, and Aston Martin has been tearing up the tarmacs since 1913. Most of their cars feature monstrous V12 engines, as well as a high-speed stability and steering to help you handle that power.
Currently, the 2013 V12 Vantage S can reach 205 miles per hour, making it the fastest production car in Aston Martin's history.
3. FerrariMale ownership percentage: 92%
An Italian automaker with roots in the Formula One racing world, Ferrari builds some of the most powerful, stylish, and expensive performance cars in the world. The 2013 lineup falls squarely in the $200,000-$315,000 range. The smallest engine Ferrari offers is a V-8, while their most powerful car, the Ferrari F12berlinetta, kicks out an absurd 731 hp from its V-12 engine, making it the most powerful car Ferrari has ever built.
1 (tie). McLarenMale ownership percentage: 93%
It's mostly men who go after McLarens. The manufacturer is primarily know for producing Formula One racecars. Pragmatism doesn't enter into a driver's mind when behind the wheel of a ridiculously powerful sports car. The 2013 McLaren MP4-12c, for example, sports a 616-horsepower engine and tears from 0-to-60 in 3.1 seconds.
These are pricy cars meant to provide a unique driving experience. Costing close to or above the million-dollar price tag, this is a vehicle for a true enthusiast.
1 (tie). LamborghiniMale ownership percentage: 93%
Lamborghini is the default brand people turn to when they think of expensive, exotic sports cars, and for good reason. The Italian super car designers keep creating more exuberant and aggressive bodies, with sharp lines and flaring headlights.
Lamborghinis routinely retail in the $200,000 to $500,000 range and are definitely not daily drivers. There are only a few thousand built a year, each engineered to be insanely powerful and a dream to drive. For 2013 Lamborghini has the Aventador and the Gallardo, both with V-10 engines.