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Let your chick-car flag fly

Click and Clack column
By: Tom and Ray Magliozzi
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Dear Tom and Ray, I just learned that I might be driving a chick car. I own a red Honda del Sol and I really enjoy driving it. Do other guys think I?m less than manly? How can I add some testosterone to this ladylike transport? At least it doesn?t have an automatic transmission. Should I worry about this? ? Steve TOM: In our experience, the way guys ?find out? they?re driving a ?chick car? is that some other guy, who?s feeling insecure about his own masculinity that day, tries to make himself feel better by saying, ?Dude, that?s a chick car you?re driving.? RAY: Guys occasionally have days like that. Some days, my wife dresses me in a pink shirt and matching boxers and I just have to unload on somebody! TOM: Yeah, my brother has been known to be a smug, ?chick car? accuser from time to time. RAY: I admit it. I have been known to razz the occasional guy who drives a white Mazda Miata. TOM: Like me! RAY: Exactly. TOM: Not only should you not worry about this, Steve, but you probably are one of the few who, like me, have discovered a wonderful secret: Who likes chick cars? Chicks! RAY: That?s true. Most women tend to be intimidated or put off by so-called macho cars. And they tend to be more attracted to cars they consider cute. So if you?re interested in talking to women, a cute car ? like the del Sol ? is exactly what you should be driving, Steve. TOM: On the other hand, if you?re more interested in attracting guys to your car, then you should drive a ?guy car.? I know when I test-drive something macho, like an oversize truck or a Dodge Challenger with a Hemi V8, 99.9 percent of the stares I get are from guys! RAY: That?s true. And conversely, last week, when I was test-driving the little Fiat 500, it was like taking a puppy for a walk on a crowded beach! Women everywhere were turning their heads to look and smile. TOM: At the car! Once they saw that my brother was driving, they put their hands over their mouths and bent forward. But that?s not the car?s fault. RAY: No. So drive happily, Steve. And if some numb-bolt tells you you?re driving a chick car, say: ?Yeah! It?s great, isn?t it!?