10 Best Cars for Women

Compiling a list of the best cars for women is no easy task, because it assumes that women’s wants and needs are easily generalized. So to find the 10 best cars for women for 2017, we came up with some ground rules. First, all the cars on this list have to be new for the 2017 model year. That means that there will be a handful of completely new models, along with some cars that were already around but that were just updated for this year. Also, the best vehicles for women have to be versatile. Some versatile vehicles have loads of cargo space, while others are super fuel-efficient, enabling the sort of freedom that comes with bypassing the gas station more often than not. Of course, there are more subjective factors, as well. Here are 10 of the best new vehicles a woman can buy in 2017.

10) 2017 Buick Cascada

Buick is not shy about courting women with the all-new 2017 Cascada convertible, but so far, the brand’s latest offering is delivering on its promises of carefree open-air driving. The Cascada’s styling is sharper than many shoppers might expect from the Buick nameplate (the secret: it’s borrowed from General Motors’ international Opel brand) and offers an enjoyable ride for four passengers. The convertible top goes up or down quickly, in just about 17 seconds, and can be activated while the car’s cruising at about 30 mph for fast and easy climate changes. A turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine comes with a six-speed auto transmission and makes 200 horsepower. Buick’s also loaded the Cascada with plenty of active safety features, to help alleviate any concerns over its crash-worthiness. The 2017 Buick Cascada starts at an MRSP of $33,065, which is one of the more expensive vehicles on this list, but it’s also the only one that offers top-down fun.

9) 2017 Chevrolet Malibu

The totally revised 2017 Chevrolet Malibu injects some life in the midsize sedan segment with its sharp exterior and strong overall value. The Malibu’s interior offers plenty of space for five passengers and a generous trunk for lots of gear. The comfortable cockpit focuses on an infotainment system that’s easier to use than most of the competition’s. The base engine in the 2017 Malibu is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that comes with a six-speed automatic transmission and makes 160 horsepower. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine pairs to an eight-speed automatic and boosts output to 250 horsepower. The Malibu’s throttle response is strong and handling is confident, and the base model’s fuel economy is competitive for the class. The 2017 Chevy Malibu has an opening bid of $21,625.

8) 2017 Honda Civic

Redesigned for 2017, the Honda Civic is a five-passenger sedan that’s a long-running favorite for efficient, reliable and safe transportation on a budget. The Civic might not be the most attention-seeking compact car on the market, but its relative modesty has benefits of its own. Beyond the Civic’s revised but classic exterior, the cabin offers upscale appointments that defy its price point. The list of standard equipment is good and the available options are even better. The Honda Civic scores high on safety and efficiency, returning up to 31 mpg city and 41 mpg highway, and the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes an enthusiastic 158 horsepower. An available turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder boosts output to 174 horsepower. The 2017 Honda Civic, which is offered in five trim levels, starts at $18,640.

7) 2017 Scion iA

It’s possible for a woman to drive in style on a budget, and that’s where the new 2017 Scion iA comes in. The brand’s first sedan offering, the Scion iA isn’t exactly the most attractive vehicle in the lineup, but most of the iA’s beauty lies beneath the surface. The Scion iA is actually a thinly-disguised Mazda Mazda2 sedan, which isn’t otherwise available in the United States, and as such, it’s a little bit peppier than most shoppers might expect from Scion. A 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine makes 106 horsepower and gets great fuel economy, and six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are available. Scion’s no-haggle pricing policy makes the iA an easy and low-stress proposition. The five-passenger 2017 Scion iA comes fully loaded (except for a few dealer accessories) for $15,700.


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