Not surprisingly, the same study shows that men find women who drive Porsches attractive, too. Go figure. According to the study conducted by Insure.com (in an obvious and successful attempt to get sites like this to talk about them) 2000 men and women were surveyed as to what style and make of cars do attractive people drive. Sports cars and Porsches were among the top three of each segment for each gender.
From a style standpoint, 32% of women felt that the most attractive men drive pickup trucks with sports cars and SUVs coming in at 2nd and 3rd with 27% and 16% of the vote respectively. The top brands of car for attractive men, as ranked by women, were Ford (16%), Chevrolet (13%) and Porsche (11%). From a color standpoint, women overwhelmingly chose black (53%) as the color of cars driven by good-looking men, followed by silver (16%) and red (13%). So, even if you don't want to drive a black, Ford F-150, you should still do pretty well on the dating scene in a black, silver or red 911, Boxster, Cayman or even a Cayenne. Even better, you can now say, scientifically, that someone other than your mom thinks you're good looking!
What Men Think
From a man's standpoint, they weren't turned on by pickup trucks. Instead, they ranked car types for attractive women slightly different:
• Sports cars: 39%
• Sedans: 22%
• SUVs: 20%
• Pickup trucks: 10%
• Hybrid or electric vehicle: 6%
• Minivans: 4%
Similar to their female counterparts, 10% of men found that women driving Porsche were attractive (as a Porsche driving female, I thought this would be higher) with BMW getting 16% of the vote and Mercedes-Benz at 14%. The top car colors for attractive women were red (40%), black (23%) and silver (14%).
The Importance Of A Clean Car
No matter what brand of car you own, either gender can make their cars more appealing by taking good care of them. "How well a car is maintained is a determinant of attractiveness," asserts Edmunds.com automotive editor, Mike Magrath. "Like the black Ford truck and the red BMW, it goes beyond simple conveyance. It says this woman cares about how she treats herself and how she maintains her possessions."
Joe Wiesenfelder, executive editor of Chicago-based Cars.com, agrees that “if the car is well kept, there's a better chance the owner takes good care of him or herself." These observations are supported by survey results. When asked what’s most important about a car belonging to the opposite sex, people say:
1. That it is clean. (Women: 45%. Men: 43%.)
2. That it is reliable. (Women: 37%. Men: 29%.)
Less important are:
3. That it is interesting. (Women: 7%. Men: 12%.)
4. That it is new or new-ish. (Women: 6%. Men: 9%.)
5. That it is expensive. (Women: 4%. Men: 6%.)
Other Porsche Blog Posts You Should Read
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Gender Contamination Of The Porsche Brand: A Flawed Presumption
The Mid-Life Crisis Porsche Explained
[Top photo via www.nicholasmaggio.com]