Sure, the new 2012 VW Beetle is trying to drop its feminine persona with new "manly" features, but the truth of the matter is, I'd still drive it. Of course, I'm already a VW fan — I've owned two VW GTIs in my lifetime — and now that the new VW Beetle is stocked with some new tech and comes with an all new style, I'm even more excited to take one for a test drive. There's no price listed on the latest bug just yet, but here are a few reasons why I, and other ladies, should still consider driving this so-called "masculine" car.
- Its retro look — While the sporty style of the new Beetle takes a big departure from the original models (and looks very similar to the 1965 Porsche design), it still keeps its vintage feel. The slim lines and cool colors are totally mod chic, which can be very appealing to members of both sexes.
- Its modern amenities — The new Beetle has ditched the flower vase (who used that thing, anyway?), and instead comes stocked with Bluetooth, satellite, keyless entry, a touchscreen radio and navigation systems, and ambient lighting to set the mood. What woman doesn't want mood lighting?
- The massive sunroof — Other than the tech options, the thing that appeals to me the most is the panoramic tilting and sliding sunroof. Boasting 90 percent more light and viewing area, the sunroof also reflects 99 percent of UV radiation. It's like getting the benefits of a convertible without all the hassle of the soft top!
- Clean fuel efficiency — The new Beetle comes in two engine options, one of which is the TDI Clean
, which is said to get up to 44-mpg highway miles. With gas prices these days, you really can't beat that unless you switch to an electric hybrid. Spending less money on gas? That's something both men and women can appreciate.