QotW: What’s the coolest “chick’s car”?

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Fairly or not, many JNCs are labeled “chick’s cars” because they are compact, sport inoffensive designs, and embody performance in ways more civilized than spewing a boatload of HP. Besides, what’s so bad about being a “chick’s car” anyway?

What’s the coolest “chick’s car”?

We are just a couple days from the unveiling of the fourth-generation Miata, a car that by all indications seems to be a throwback to the original MX-5. Mazda’s little roadster has become the best-selling sports car of all time, but perhaps more importantly, in recent years it has reclaimed its image as a serious sports car and shed its early reputation as a chick-mobile. If the Miata is a chick’s car, then chicks have great taste.

What say you, dear reader? As always, the most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of the last QotW, “What Japanese car did we get the better version of?

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Though many thought the US got the ultimate rotary truck, gaijinshogun had the most entertaining version of the answer.

I want to say one word to you. Just one word.
Are you listening?


Let’s take a basic truck, stick in the most exotic high revving torqueless engine around, slap on some huge tires and overfenders, put in a slick interior….and wait, don’t forget to add a tach. Just make it fast and forget about gas mileage.

You taking about the kid down the street building what again? NO No no….this is the 70’s. I’m talking about a factory built truck.

Don’t you think that idea is a little half-baked?
Oh no, son, it’s completely baked.

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20 Responses to QotW: What’s the coolest “chick’s car”?

  1. Kuroneko says:

    The only time I’ve ever had anything suggesting a ‘chick’s-car’ to those insecure enough to comment, it was in big bad Orstraya – where the men are men, the sheep are scared, and the women know their place. I mistakenly purchased a RAV-4 only to be literally laughed at at work. ‘That’s a sheila’s car, Mate’, I was told. ‘A regular pussy 4WD’, they giggled.

    It took me four weeks to get the Hello Kitty pack – seat covers, dash badge, and spare wheel cover – installed. ‘Too damn right’, I said, ‘a regular kitty mobile’. Extra good, was Kitty-chan was waving bye-bye:


    See ya! Neko.

  2. Nigel says:

    Nissan Pao…I can hear them laughing as I pull into the Canadian Tire.
    (Just like they did when I had a my 83′ Tercel).

  3. bert says:

    The coolest chick car? The Nissan Silvia of course! A smooth but quick lady with a fine body! Admire her subtle curves, as she cruises through your dreams at night. Pucker up, as she ever so sweetly revs that hearty motor. But be careful! You don’t want to wake up and find yourself kissing her ugly stepsister Gloria!!

  4. Serg says:

    Yeah I’d have to agree with the silvia – pretty sure mine had a mirror in the drivers side sunvisor so I could be sure that the summer breeze from the factory sunroof hadn’t messed up my long golden locks.

    My VS Commodore does not have this feature, probably because Holden understood that anyone enamoured by the smooth lines of a wagon that looks like a cross between the Jetsons’ car and a tampon probably doesn’t look that great themselves and therefore has no use for vanity mirrors.

    That or the Suzuki Sierra – the manliest girly car known to man. Or woman as it may be.

    I don’t actually have long golden locks :’C

  5. Steve says:

    Before you can elect the coolest “chick car”, you need to define what a chick car is. I don’t think a Miata qualifies; I rarely see women driving them, anymore. I think Miatas were popular with the “gals” when it first debuted for its cuteness but once you get over the novelty, you come to realize they really are a royal PITA for chick driving, cramped seating, no room for your friends, messed up hair, noisy, rough ride, and not very expensive.

    The cars with true chick-car longevity however are minivans and SUVs, especially crossover SUVs. Ugh. I see chicks (old and young) driving these things all-the-time.

    And out of this group of chick cars, I would say the Toyota Previa is the coolest. They’re so cool, I even want(ed) one.

  6. John M says:

    Not sure about the criteria for the Miata being the best selling sports car of all time – I think the Z has gone over 2 million. I know they are popular for track days, but I kinda see them as a couple’s car for a day trip to the wine country.

    When I think of “chick’s car,” VW is what first comes to mind. If I were playing Family Feud here in the States, my answer would be the VW Jetta. Worldwide, I would go with the Beetle. http://business.time.com/2010/06/21/men-are-from-mars-women-drive-vw-beetles-and-dont-shop-at-best-buy/

    They seem to go well together http://thethrottle.thechive.com/2014/03/24/bugs-that-i-could-live-with-91-photos/

    I realize this is a Japanese car site, but hey, if Hello Kitty can be a little British girl…

  7. Steve says:

    V6 convertible mustang

    Oh wait, japanese cars…

  8. Censport says:

    Nigel was close with the Pao. Yes, it gets lots of attention from the ladies. But nothing compared to the Figaro. Every time I drive it, it’s a constant stream of attention, questions at stoplights… there’s probably more pictures of me – at stoplights in the Figaro of course – on the Facebook pages of Nashville’s female tourists than there are of Hugh Jackman with his shirt off. Even women who are accustomed to being surrounded by cool cars love the Figaro.

    Want proof? Okay:


    Forget importing Skylines, I know what side business I’m starting in two years.

  9. andrewzuku says:

    I’m pretty sure the later model Toyota Celicas are known as “Hairdressers cars”. Although that doesn’t strictly mean girls, it certainly implies feminine!

    I keep telling myself this only applies to the FWD models, and not my beloved RA28 😉

    If it wasn’t for the GT-Four models, I’d have to agree, though. The Celica (just like the MR2) seemed to be marketed more and more for women. Come to think of it, so did Nissan’s Z-cars!

    • pstar says:

      You’re high. MR2s and Zs aimed at women??? Next you’ll be telling me that the NSX and CBR sportbikes are intended for female market.

  10. TRDsmith says:

    A Honda Prelude, or any other car with a hole in the middle of the headrest for your ponytail.

  11. Aaron says:

    By far, the coolest chick car is the Mitsubishi Eclipse GS-T/GSX. No other girly car has made me secretly yearn for one more than the 1G/2G Eclipse turbo models. I can’t help but take a second look at these whenever they’re nearby; but whether cruising down the highway, parked in front of a Rue 21, or on the side of the road with a blown transmission, the early Eclipse is never found without 5 pounds of feathery beads hanging from the rear view and old window paint from the last state volleyball tournament christening the hatch glass.

    For the guys driving these with the mighty 4G63, congrat’s on your quick girl car. As for me, I wouldn’t be caught dead in one, but would love to have one… to be kept in a secret garage.

    • Chris says:

      I don’t agree with this statement… maybe a 2g non-turbo, or any automatic… but generally i’ve never come across any chick driving a 1G GST/GSX/TSI. Maybe in your area they do, but definately not mine lol 😛

  12. Hashan says:

    The perfect proportions, a beautiful face, a voluptuous rear, quick-witted, aFFectionate (see what I did there?) and an easily understood interface- you’d think this epithet would describe any JNCer’s dream girl, but no, you are mistaken!

    Of course I am talking about a car- and the Honda Integra DC5, no less!

    The designers of this automobile were definitely inspired by the female figure, as one look at its curvacious lines would show. The damn thing has the ride height of a compact SUV, an A/C system which can blast arctic winds or solar flares in an instant of being started and enough space in the boot to fit 1000 pairs of stiletto’s! And if she’s ever running late, a quick dab of the throttle will have that VTEC motor screaming, “ZIPAAA!”, like no fury which even hell hath!

    What more could a girl want?

    (My girlfriend’s car)

  13. Yoda says:

    MkI Golf Cabrio, aka Rabbit Convertible aka VW Cabriolet. For the past 20 years I’ve only seen gray-haired guys driving them.

  14. pstar says:

    Just want to point out in the pre-drifter days, Miatas weren’t seen as chick cars so much as gay man’s cars. Which was probably a more accurate stereotype anyway. This was before gays moved to RX330s. Also, gays are known for good taste much more than chicks are…

    Chick cars: XC90, the early Rav4, Solara, Paseo convertible….

    del Sol is another car more associated with homos than with women. Also a cool little car. Do you sense any trend here? The gay cars are small, toylike, but good cars when it comes down to it. Chick cars are pieces of shit that are sold to people who browse by “color” on autotrader.

  15. cesariojpn says:

    If we’re going for coolest chick’s car, then look no further than Miyuki Kobayakawa’s Honda Today Pato Car from You’re Under Arrest!


    If the (fictional?) specs can be believed, the car is a kei car tuned past it’s MTREC engine from 656cc to 700, added go-fast parts, and nitrous. Then again, what police department even allows officers to modify their cars like that?

    Then again, the car seems to handle it’s own and can be counted on to do some really dangerous stuff, as seen in the movie:

  16. daniel says:

    mostly any honda

    they are definitely girlie

  17. Randy says:

    How about find the coolest chicks and look at their cars? 🙂

  18. Jim-Bob says:

    How about the Suzuki Jimny/Samurai/SJ410? When they were new, they were small and cute and usually driven by chicks going to the beach. It’s the Mazda Miata of off roaders. If you were a man, you drove a Jeep Wrangler or CJ. No guy worth his nuts would even touch a Sammy back in the day, lest he be accused of batting for the other team…not that there’s anything wrong with that! Fast forward 20 years and almost every single one of them is owned by a guy looking to go off road and take advantage of the incredible break over angle and small size. Most of them are painted flat black with a case of Wal Mart’s finest, fitted with a lift kit, a set of Swampers and the engine from a Suzuki Esteem. No one laughs at them today because they will likely outgun any of the silly “manly” off roaders like the H2 on the trails. Size matters and off road small rules the day.

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