Baby, You Can Drive Any Car - As Long as it's Practical New Study Reveals Women Think a Guy's Car Says Something About his Character, from Economic Status to Self-Image
NEW YORK, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Most men might think that hot women like hot cars, but according to the results of a new survey conducted on behalf of leading international dating website AnastasiaDate by Harris Poll, a majority of women associate fancy cars with negative character traits: 56 percent say that they view men who drive exotic / fast cars as being show-offs or arrogant; 17 percent perceive them as being insecure.
Furthermore, only one-fifth of women (21 percent) say that they have found a man more attractive after seeing the type of car that he drives.
The results of the survey – which was conducted online in March 2014 and polled over 2,100 American men and women on the connection between attraction, "date-ability" and choice of car – lead to the conclusion that women prefer a man who drives a sensible car, because it reflects his level of stability. And a third (32 percent) of women believe that the type of car a guy drives determines what kind of family man he will be – a guy who drives a sedan, for example, may be preferred over one who sports a Ferrari.
"It's no surprise that men fantasize about driving an exotic car with a beautiful woman in the passenger seat, but this new data proves that fantasy is better left for a weekend with the guys," said Lawrence Cervantes, AnastasiaDate's Chief Communications Officer. "When it comes to dating, women want a grounded man, and his car is a clear reflection of this. AnastasiaDate makes it our business to understand what turns on women and educate our members to make them more successful online daters."
When it comes to how men view women driving or riding in an exotic / fast car:
- Thirty-eight percent see women as being show-offs or arrogant.
- Six percent view women who drive or ride in exotic / fast cars as emotional.
When women were asked to select all of the traits that a man's car indicates about him:
- Almost half (48 percent) of women say that a guy's car reflects his economic status.
- Forty-six percent say that it reflects the guy's image of himself.
- Eleven percent believe that the car reflects the guy's feelings on having a family.
- An additional 11 percent think that it reflects his future plans.
However, the inference that an exotic car isn't sexy doesn't apply to all women. One in 10 say that they would date a man they weren't physically attracted to, because he drives an exotic import car.
The survey was created in anticipation of this summer's Gumball 3000, an annual 3,000-mile international motor rally that will run from Miami to Ibiza, Spain, and include U.S. stops in New York and Atlanta. As one of the Gumball 3000 participants, AnastasiaDate will have two female members driving a 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder along the route. These women were selected by the website's user-base via a Facebook poll, and the car was selected as a nod to the opening scene of the iconic 1981 film The Cannonball Run for hardcore automotive fans.
Full survey data is available upon request.
*Adults ages 18 and older
This survey was conducted online within the United States between March 24 and 26, 2014, among 2,167 adults ages 18 and older by Harris Poll on behalf of KCSA, via its Quick Query omnibus product. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was used to adjust for respondents' propensity to be online. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
AnastasiaDate is the leading international dating service that facilitates exciting and romantic companionship with beautiful and interesting women from all over the world. Founded in 1993 by a Russian-American couple, AnastasiaDate now has over 4 million international users and attracts more than 10 million online visits monthly. Additionally, over 1.5 million conversations are exchanged onsite daily. AnastasiaDate is committed to member safety, customer satisfaction and the ongoing pursuit of innovation. Headquartered in Moscow and New York and with additional representation in every country it touches, AnastasiaDate provides a high level of customer service to a worldwide clientele. AnastasiaDate users are able to communicate across a variety of top-notch multimedia platforms, including video chat and a mobile app for Android devices available in the Google Play store.
Caitlin Kasunich / Cait Kilpatrick
KCSA Strategic Communications