Women want cars for many different reasons, but when it comes to the Best Cars for Women, several must-haves stand out. We want our cars to be as safe as possible, comfortable, roomy, fun-to-drive, and be loaded with convenience and technology features. Some of us want an attention-getting car, while others prefer more subdued style but still substance. In any case, our car choice has to score on multiple levels.

We’ve chosen these three Best Cars for Women by taking all this into consideration – and then some. Each receives impressive crash test scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a “Good” rating or Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). They have safety, technology, and convenience features galore, either standard or optional. And, they’re fun to drive. Take a look.

  • Volkswagen TiguanAll-new in 2009, the compact crossover SUV Volkswagen Tiguan gets “Good” marks in all IIHS categories (and the 2010 is a Top Safety Pick). The L.A. Times hailed Tiguan as the top car vw_tiguan_2009women bought during a two-month period in 2009, as measured by J.D. Power and Associates Power Network. Edmunds lists pros such as “peppy turbo engine, composed handling, comfortable ride, upscale cabin ambience, solid build quality,” but knocks cargo space and price versus competition. Tiguan, powered by a 200-hp 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine, is available in all-wheel-drive (AWD) and three trims. Standard features include electronic stability control (ESC), satellite radio and anti-lock brakes (ABS). Road & Track says Tiguan is “practical, innovative…downright fun.” And Consumer Guide gives Tiguan a Best Buy accolade.
  • Nissan RoguePopular Mechanics calls Nissan Rogue a “fun, sporty and cool-looking compact crossover.” Rogue gets its power from a 170-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder MY08Nissan Rogueengine, is available in AWD and two trims. MSN says, “If the CR-V sets the standard for lavish interiors in this segment, the Rogue matches it.” Rogue is number five on the L.A. Times list as a top car women are buying. Automobile likes Rogue’s styling, saying “for an entry-level crossover, quite frankly it looks athletic and stylish…almost the spitting image of its older and bigger sibling, the upscale Murano.” U.S. News and World Report highlights Rogue’s “upscale interior with spacious rear seat…lots of innovative interior storage spaces.”
  • Volvo V50U.S. News and World Report calls the Volvo V50 wagon “attractive, sporty and functional.” Edmunds says, “the 2009 Volvo V50 is a stylish and relatively affordable alternative to German sport wagons,” with “excellent seats, posh interior, ample safety features, nearly as much cargo capacity as a compact SUV, volvo_v50_2009available turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive.” Base engine is a 168-hp 2.4-liter inline-5. The T5 AWD gets a turbocharged 227-hp 2.5-liter inline-5. V50 ranks sixth on the L.A. Times list.

Other Best Cars for Women (and girls) include Chevrolet Malibu, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Nissan Sentra, and Volkswagen Beetle and Eos.

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