Our Top 10 Most Researched Vehicles article is consistently the most popular article on the site. We are often asked why certain cars made it to the list and while we cannot get inside our users’ heads, we can make educated guesses. With that in mind, we asked our own Joe Tralongo to give his take on the Top 10 Most Researched:
Talking About the Top 10 Most Researched
by Joe Tralongo
If there’s one thing gays do well, it’s spend money. But before you spend it, you have to save it, which may account for the number of frugal cars that made Gaywheels.com’s Top Ten Most Researched list.
Number 1: Toyota Yaris
Toyota’s compact Yaris is the perfect date; it’s cute, cheap and eats like a bird. For the first time buyer, as well as those looking for a fuel-efficient second car, the Yaris offers legendary Toyota quality and reliability at a price just about anyone can afford. And when the affair ends, the Yaris’ excellent resale value won’t leave your wallet feeling robbed.
Number 2: Saab 9-3
Unless, like dear Patsy Stone, someone has locked you in a room the last ten years, you’ve probably noticed that gay men and women don’t do anything half heartedly, and we certainly hate blending in with the crowd. The same can be said for Saab’s 9-3 sedan and convertible, two unconventional alternatives to the myriad of Mercedes-Benz, Acura and BMW cars jamming the gay ghetto. We love them for their sleek design, super-comfy seats and such quirky oddities as the horizontally-mounted console ignition switch. The Saab 9-3 sedan and convertible are the quintessential non-conformist luxury cars.
Number 3: Mazda MX-5 Miata
No surprise here, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has been a darling of both the gay and straight worlds alike. This smartly styled roadster appeals to so many because it’s so easy to own. Somewhat snug, the Miata nevertheless makes the most of every inch of usable space including a surprisingly user-friendly trunk. The car’s light weight and 50/50 front-to-rear balance impart go-cart-like handling, making even the best sport sedan feel like a lead sled in comparison. One of the MX-5’s most attractive features, the convertible top, can be raised or lowered with one arm. Also, the brilliantly engineered hardtop model gives up no trunk space with the top down. Break out those hat boxes, boys, we’re going for a ride!
Number 4: Volkswagen Jetta
Something about a German car ignites the gay driving passion. Unfortunately, something about the steep price tag keeps many at bay. Volkswagen’s Jetta breaks the budget barrier by offering the only sub-$20,000 German sedan available in the USA. The Jetta’s popularity stems from the interior’s Audi-like attention to detail and comfort and the uber-exciting ride. The 2.0-liter turbo pulls like a V6, achieves excellent fuel economy and can be had with a manual or automatic transmission. Later in the 2008 model year, the fuel-efficient TDI diesel returns offering fuel economy no gasoline engine can touch.
Number 5: Volkswagen EOS
Huh, what do you know? Another convertible! OK, so we like the wind in our hair (or wigs) and the sun on our faces, although not so much sun as to cause premature wrinkles. The VW Eos succeeds the only convertible gayer than the MX-5 Miata, the long loved Cabriolet. Quick on its feet and endowed with the same upscale interior as the Jetta, the Eos is the prima donna of the topless set. Its outrageous retractable hardtop includes a built-in sunroof so you can still enjoy open air driving without retracting the power top, which proves useful because unlike the MX-5 Miata, the Eos’ power top eats up considerable trunk space.
Number 6: Dodge Caliber
The Dodge Caliber’s appearance midway down the list proves gay and lesbian car buyers don’t exclude domestics when they merit attention. The Caliber’s low base price certainly is part of its appeal, but innovative features like an available flip-down rear speaker bar (perfect for tailgating at the beach), center armrest iPod holder and a “Chill-Zone” cooled storage bin speak to the creative gay nature. From a practical standpoint, the Caliber offers a wide choice of optional features including all-wheel-drive. With room for four, an upright driving position and an exterior design worthy of the term “muscular”, the Dodge Caliber knows how to show a gay a good time.
Number 7: Toyota Camry
Not all gays are glamour queens. Some actually prefer sensibility to sensuality, although all bets are off once the weekend rolls around. Toyota’s Camry proves the logical choice for those who view their car as a means of transportation and not a fashion accessory. Far from dowdy, indeed the 2008 model is probably one of the best looking cars every to where Camry badge. Strong reliability and resale figures complement a quiet cabin, silky smooth engine and excellent fuel economy. Room for five, a huge trunk and an optional equipment list reaching dangerously close to Lexus-level luxury keep the Camry high on the Rainbow Radar!
Number 8: Audi A3
The A3 is one of Europe’s most popular cars, yet Americans are just getting their first hard look at Audi’s entry-level hatchback. The gay community is familiar with the A3 because many have rented one when traveling overseas. The American version is a bit plusher (and more expensive) than its European cousin and it runs on gasoline, not diesel. The A3’s strong showing puts to rest the notion that gay Americans won’t buy premium hatchbacks. Wrong! What we won’t buy are ugly, overpriced and underpowered hatchbacks… and cheap shoes. Although the A3 shares a common platform and engine with the Volkswagen GTI, it offers many features unavailable on the VW, including a V6 engine, quattro all-wheel drive, a huge “Open Sky” glass sunroof and the undeniable status provided by Audi’s four-ring logo.
Number 9: Volkswagen Rabbit
Another VW makes the list, this time the Rabbit. Formerly known as the Golf, the Rabbit is far more reliable then the original Teutonic fur ball, a car (for those of us old enough to remember) with a somewhat jaded past. Although priced slightly higher than the competition from Japan and Korea, the Rabbit offers a lot in the way of standard equipment, safety, comfort and performance. And then there’s the whole German car thing again.
Number 10: Infiniti FX
The FX is one of Infiniti’s most beautiful vehicles, a fact born out by its ability to make our Top Ten list after five-years on the market. Part SUV, part sport sedan, the aggressive FX looks like nothing else on the road, and its interior still makes us giddy. Never mind the small cargo space and even smaller cargo opening, pay no attention to the claustrophobic rear seats or nearly non-existent rear visibility, its all about good looks and great performance. Sure a nicely loaded version costs north of $40,000, and that’s just for the V6 model, but did we mention the killer Bose audio, stunning metallic paint options and optional 20-inch wheels? Yeah, it’s worth it.