We’re not trying to be sexist here, really. When it comes to what women want to drive, it is definitely something other than what men typically say gets their motors running. Proof comes from the recently-published third annual gender and car-buying study by TrueCar.com.

So, what are the top 5 cars women love? Interestingly, the Volkswagen Beetle no longer claims first place, according to the TrueCar.com study. But it is in the top 5, so women still love it, they just don’t love it as much. Here is a brief look at the vehicles making the cut among purchases in 2011.

  • Volvo S40A total of 57.9 percent of women chose the Volvo S40 last year. Ironically, Volvo discontinued this model in the U.S. at the end of the 2011 model  year.  Still, if you’re looking for a fuel-efficient and reasonably-priced luxury sedan, there may be some 2011 Volvo S40 models available on new- or used-car lots. Originally priced from $27,750, the S40 got fuel economy rated at 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway/24 mpg combined. What will take its place as a car choice for women buyers? If it’s a Volvo that is being considered, check out the 2012 Volvo S60.
  • Nissan RogueThe small crossover SUV Nissan Rogue claimed the number two spot of the 5 cars women love. Okay, so it’s not technically a car, but it drives as

    easily as one. Besides, “cars” is just an umbrella term for vehicles. In this case, the percentage of female purchasers of the Nissan Rogue was 56.9 percent. Carrying five passengers, with up to 57.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity, and getting fuel economy estimated at 23 mpg city/28 mpg highway/25 mpg combined, the 2011 Nissan Rogue is also affordable – priced from under $24,000.

  • Volkswagen EosThe stylish, great-looking and nimble Volkswagen Eos luxury convertible captured the attention of female buyers last year to the tune of 56.4

    percent. With prices starting at a little over $34,000, the Volkswagen Eos is the most expensive of the 5 cars women love. But there are a lot of standard technology and convenience features—not to mention the retractable hardtop with sunroof—that are also easy to love for the price. The four-seat, sporty convertible also gets 22/30/25 city/highway/combined mpg.

  • Volkswagen Beetle – Yup, here it is, the venerable and iconic Volkswagen Beetle, which 54.6 percent of female buyers selected last year. TrueCar.com says that even though Volkswagen completely redesigned the 2012 Beetle to make it more attractive to men, women still flocked to it. Besides its unique and appealing (to many) styling, the price is certainly right, starting at $18,995. And fuel economy of 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway/23 mpg combined isn’t all that bad, either.
  • Hyundai TucsonRounding out the top 5 cars women love (according to what they bought last year) is the Hyundai Tucson compact crossover. Garnering 54.0

    percent of female purchasers, the Hyundai Tucson is an easy winner, thanks to its five-passenger carrying capacity, up to 55.8 cubic feet of cargo room, great fuel economy of 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway/25 mpg combined, and a starting price of just over $19,000. Two other strong inducements to female buyers have to be the Tucson’s sterling five-star safety rating and the standard 10-year/100,000-mile Hyundai warranty.

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