The Best Cars for Busy Ladies On the Go

Women typically prefer a vehicle that's affordable, has plenty of storage and is fuel efficient. For many women, safety is also an important factor because they may be driving children back and forth a lot. Of course, women also want something that's fun to drive and features the amenities that can make their lives more enjoyable. Which vehicles on today's market have all that and more without falling into the SUV class? These are some of the best and cars for women. 

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The Ford Focus has a markedly different character than most Ford products sold in the U.S. and Canada. That's because it was developed by Ford of Europe -- that's right, this is an honest-to-goodness European car. The tall cabin, upright driving position, roomy interior and trunk and smile-generating driving experience all come courtesy of the Focus' old-world roots, but the humble Ford badge means that consumers aren't paying for a fancy European name. More »

Honda Civic

2007 Honda Civic rear view
Honda Civic EX. Photo © Liz Kim

The Honda Civic seems to be everywhere, and with good reason: They're economical, easy to drive, and they run like a Swiss watch. With their blue-chip resale values and impeccable build quality, Civics are good investments both short- and long-term. Innovations like a totally flat passenger floor (no center "tunnel") make the Civic comfortable and practical. Hybrid and natural-gas powered versions are perfect for the cost and environmentally conscious. Without question, this is the compact-class leader and an ideal car for women.

Honda Fit

2007 Honda Fit
Honda Fit. Image © Honda

The Honda Fit is just one of a handful of subcompacts now on the U.S. and Canadian markets, but few others can match the Fit's balance of front seat, back seat and trunk room. The Fit is especially handy in urban areas, where its small size allows it to nip through traffic and squeeze into tiny parking spots. Its fuel-efficient 1.5-liter engine has plenty of get-up-and-go, even with an automatic transmission, and Honda quality means it'll last an eon. It isn't super spacious but may still work for some moms.

2007 Mazda 3 driving
Mazda 3s Sedan. Image © Mazda

Mazda's new compact brings with it a combination of style, space, and driving pleasure not often found in this class. The four-door sedan costs less initially but the five-door version is even better for all-around practicality, not to mention a little elbow room for a growing family. More »

2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata front-left view top down
Mazda MX-5 Miata. Photo © Aaron Gold

The Mazda Miata is a great set of wheels for a woman who doesn't have a family and an excellent second car for one who does. Few cars deliver the Miata's combination of fun in the sun and raw driving thrills and even fewer deliver such great fuel economy while doing it. Though trunk room is tight, the Miata offers just enough room for a romantic weekend getaway for two. And on a day-to-day basis, it's a great way to put a little sparkle into your commute. More »

Mercedes-Benz E-class

2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class front view
Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Photo © Greg Jarrem

The Mercedes E-class offers more prestige due to its brand, but it is also big enough for the family to ride comfortably. It's an ideal luxury car for a woman who wants space and practicality with extra elegance.

Nissan Sentra

2007 Nissan Sentra front view 2
Nissan Sentra. Photo © Aaron Gold

The Nissan Sentra is one of the most practical compact sedans on the market, blending a generous back seat with a continuously variable transmission, a type of automatic that delivers better acceleration and fuel economy than a stick-shift.

2006 Subaru Forester XT front view
Subaru Forester XT. Photo © Subaru of America

The Subaru Forester is somewhere between car and SUV, and it was worthy of being on this list. On the road it offers invigorating handling and performance; if you take it off the pavement, it can still keep up with bigger, brawnier SUVs. And when the weather turns foul, the Forester is one of the best vehicles of any size for safely negotiating slick roads. All this plus lots of cargo space and good fuel economy. The downside? Perhaps it looks a little awkward and the back seat is a bit tight. Overall, however, it's an outstanding package. More »

2007 Toyota Camry XLE V6 front 3-4
Toyota Camry XLE. Photo © Philip Powell

There's a reason the Toyota Camry is the best-selling car in the U.S. and has been for years: It does just about everything well. It's roomy, quiet, comfortable, and built like the proverbial brick outhouse. With the new-for-2007 redesign, the Camry offers more choice than ever. Most buyers will opt for the well-priced and well-equipped Camry LE, but don't overlook the fuel-efficient Camry Hybrid, luxury-oriented Camry XLE and sporty Camry SE. More »

Volkswagen Jetta

2007 VW Jetta 2.0T front view
Volkswagen Jetta. Photo © Philip Powell

Volkswagen's compact sedan offers up enough individuality for an independent woman, enough cachet for the up-and-coming executive, and enough room for a woman with children on board.