Ten Worst First Date Cars
I can’t help you with your personal hygiene. But I can help your choice for a first date ride. If you want to make it on the dating playing field, let alone get to first-, second-, or third-base, do not pull up in front of your First Date’s home in one of these 10 lust killers:
10. 2010 BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe Optimism is an important attitude to have in the dating world. Otherwise, you’d probably never leave your abode. But over-optimism can be deadly, too. And nothing screams “dirty weekend” to your First Date like BMW’s $65,700 - $99,900 X6.
Essentially a four-seat version of the more practical X5
SUV, the X6 was designed for those who only need occasional rear seating ,and
enough cargo space for a pair of overnight bags—nudge, nudge, wink, wink…
9. 2011 Infiniti QX56 No one can account for taste. But showing up in the all-new-for-2011 $73,000 QX56 SUV would be the equivalent to a man wearing a plaid suit and white shoes; Rodney Dangerfield in the movie Caddyshack dressed better than the new Infiniti.
While the second-generation 2004 – 2010 QX didn’t win any automotive beauty contests, the new QX has reached new depths in tasteless styling. Based on Nissan’s foreign market Patrol, Infiniti designers have heavy-handedly forced styling cues from their sexy Essence show car onto the boxy Patrol's shape. The results? I’ll let you decide.
8. 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Unless your First Date is a former World Rally Championship participant, showing up in Mitsubishi’s $41,998 - $51,798 Lancer Evolution is only evidence of your aggressive nature, or your obsession with the Fast and Furious flicks.
Sure, you could spin the Evo’s sophisticated all-wheel-drive system as a “road safety” feature. But more than likely, after you’ve performed your first hand-brake turn while pulling into the local multiplex, your First Date will be asking for bus fare home.
7. 2010 Acura CSX I’ve been told sincerity is the key on these First Date adventures. Be honest—flaws and all—and (allegedly) the person you’re meeting for the first time will be appreciative. With that in mind, avoid arriving in Acura’s $27,490 - $29,990 CSX, one of the most pretentious cars you can buy.
A badge-engineered Honda Civic (the CSX is made in the same Alliston, Ontario plant), there’s little the Acura compact sedan offers that a well-equipped Civic EXL doesn’t for $22,680. Even if you try to explain to your First Date why you spent an extra $5k for the Acura badge, and not on a nicer bottle of wine, it’ll be tough to play down the inevitable “Pretentious Git” label coming your way.
6. 2010 Volkswagen Eos Unless you want to communicate to your First Date that you're suffering through a harrowing identity crisis, I’d take a pass on VW’s $36,575 - $44,575 Eos, a car trying to decide if it wants to be a coupe, a convertible, or both.
A perennial Chick Car winner since its debut in 2006, the Eos doesn’t work as a First Date car for either sex. If you’re a male looking for a female, you'd better be comfortable in your own sexuality. If you’re a female seeking a male, you better be prepared to defend the chick flick you’ve probably already suggested as the evening’s fare.
Although Hyundai Canada markets the Accent hatch (at $10,599 - $15,649, one of the least expensive new cars you can buy in Canada), as a “Smart” decision, you might as well get large vinyl letters and spell out the word C-H-E-A-P before you arrive for your First Date.
4. 2010 Smart ForTwo You may think the $14,990 - $21,250 ForTwo coupe and convertible would be fine First Date rides. Both work well as city cars. And unlike some of the other vehicles mentioned here, with only two seats, the Smart doesn’t telegraph your desire to repopulate the planet.
But because you and your First Date are literally elbow-to-elbow in the Smart’s tight interior, the intimate environment poses potential problems. Riding in the Smart is like watching close-ups of each other on a big screen HDTV. Your zits, hanging nose hairs, and unplucked eyebrows are all on display. Hey, you’ve been warned.
3. 2011 Toyota Sienna I’m picking the new-for-2011 $27,900 - $49,100 Sienna, mainly because it represents the cutting edge in the stagnant minivan genre. But for my purposes, any minivan is a First Date disaster.
Want to give your First Date the impression that you’re tied down with responsibilities? That you’ve just come out of a recent divorce? Or that you’re hoping your date goes so well that the two of you can populate all eight seats of the Sienna with your offspring? Er, thought not.
First, the decrepit Buick says you’re probably old enough to be your date’s grandparent. Or perhaps, arriving in the Lucerne suggests that you’re still living with your grandparents, “borrowing” their set of wheels while they’re at bingo. Either way, good luck with the Lucerne.
1. 2010 Lexus HS250h Hybrid Don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t heard of the $39,900 - $48,750 HS250h. As the confusing blend of a European Toyota compact sedan (with less rear legroom than a half-the-price Corolla), powered by an almost-$10,000-cheaper Camry Hybrid powertrain, and awkward looks handed down from the Lexus RX SUV, the HS 250h has been a slow seller since its introduction last year.
Now unless your First Date is an auto industry analyst, who is interested in the reasoning why Toyota would foist such a strange car on the market, you’ll be spending your evening explaining the Whys and Hows of your purchase, instead of the deep glow of your First Date's deep blue eyes.