Why Men Love Nice Cars
Men love high-performance vehicles and that is a fact. We’d argue that guys have always been into testosterone-fueled sports and luxury cars — statistics even confirm that dudes love horsepower. According to Kelly Blue Book, the average horsepower men choose when they’re buying a new car is 360, whereas women average 170. Things haven’t changed much. Even in the early 1900s when cars were still a novelty, men tended to choose powerful gas-powered vehicles while women were driving smaller electric cars.
Guys are just more likely to invest in vehicles that are bigger, faster, and more powerful — even when they’re not all that affordable. Clearly, when men are shopping for cars, the price isn’t always the main factor driving their decisions.
The question, of course, isn’t whether men love cars but why. Eco-friendly electrics may be slowly taking over American roads, but a lot of guys are still buying those big, beefy vehicles. In this post, we will dive into what inspires guys to collect cars, tinker under hoods, and prioritize power over price.
Theory 1: Cars make us men
A lot of guys not only like to admire cars; they also love to drive them. Look at couples out on the town and you’ll often see it’s a man behind the wheel. One University of Minnesota study found that driving is one of the ways guys assert their masculinity, for better or for worse. Taking the wheel also helps men feel more in control over their own destinies. And buying that first car is still seen as something of a manly milestone, even though nearly everyone in the United States relies on a car or a truck to get from place to place.
So, why do guys associate cars with growing up? Another study out of the UK found that only men get a measurable self-esteem boost from car ownership — and that the boost gets bigger as the value of the car in question goes up.
Theory 2: We fall in Love
A lot of men (and some women, too) baby their vehicles. They name them. They wash and wax them with all of the cars they’d use when bathing a newborn. Whether or not a guy is driving his dream car, it’s especially easy for them to develop an emotional attachment to their rides. And when a man can buy that car he’s been coveting since grade school? Watch out, because chances are that vehicle is going to hold a special place in his heart.
The mystery of why men tend to fall in love with their cars more often than women may be no mystery at all. Men develop personal relationships with their cars because they perceive their car as an extension of the self. They also see power and freedom and adventure in their vehicles, so in a way, every car or truck has the potential to be a life-changing part of a guy’s world. And finally, if a man puts a lot of hard work — and possibly also money — into a car or a truck, why wouldn’t he fall in love?
Theory 3: A car isn’t just a practical thing
For many women, a car is a convenient, and they’re more focused on what the car can do for them. Many men, on the other hand, anthropomorphize their vehicles. They see their cars and trucks as sentient beings with unique personalities and quirks and needs. Does a car or a truck have a practical purpose? Absolutely. But when a car-loving guy looks at a special vehicle, he’ll often see the beauty and the power before he gives any thought to concerns like fuel-efficiency or the monetary value of it. That would certainly explain testimonials like this one:
“I like to listen to my car. You can hear when the turbo clicks in – that vacuum-cleaner effect. You can just feel the giddy up effect, and the sensation of power is brilliant – you can feel it through the steering wheel and the back of the seat.”
Theory 4: Men loving cars is about relaxation
According to a BMW study, men feel like they have nothing to prove and completely relaxed while driving their car. Behind the wheel is one of the few places a guy can be in complete control — or at least feel like he’s in complete control. These days, electronic safety systems and GPS may take over for us when there’s a need, but we can still enjoy the unfettered pleasures of the open road. There’s no pressure, no criticism, no stress — just the miles stretching out ahead of you. Driving is actually one of the few activities a guy can do alone without people questioning why he wants to hang solo. Driving across the country alone is the closest some of us will ever get to achieving zen.