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.
1: Toyota Yaris. The 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.
2: Saab 9-3. Saab’s 9-3 sedan and convertible are 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 oddities like the horizontally-mounted console ignition switch.
3: Mazda MX-5 Miata. No surprise here the 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.
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 States.
5: Volkswagen EOS. Whadaya know another convertible! So we like the wind in our hair (or wigs) and the sun on our faces. The VW Eos succeeds as the only convertible gayer than the MX-5 Miata. The Eos is the prima donna of the topless set.
6: Dodge Caliber. The Caliber’s appearance midway down the list proves gay and lesbian car buyers don’t exclude domestics when they merit attention. Its low base price certainly is part of its appeal, but it boats innovative features as well.
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 although it’s far from dowdy.
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. Its strong showing puts to rest the notion that gay Americans won’t buy premium hatchbacks.
9: Volkswagen 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.
10: Infiniti FX. The FX is one of Infiniti’s most beautiful vehicles, a fact born out by its ability to make our Top 10 list after five years on the market. Part SUV, part sport sedan, the aggressive FX looks like nothing else on the road.
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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 10, 2007