Co-Ed Car Shopping

Taking the missus car shopping won't be all bad if you follow our guide.
Taking the missus car shopping won’t be all bad if you follow our guide!

Part of being Smarter, Sharper Men is, if called upon, knowing the absolute right vehicle to steer your female counterparts toward. Within a nanosecond you have to be able to receive and pinpoint a myriad of factors to have an answer so velvety smooth roll off your tongue that she’ll swoon over you like you were Humphrey Bogart in a trench coat. Well, you want to be an awesome car-choosing, smooth-talking Humphrey Bogart in a trench coat don’t ya? Thought so. Here’s your cheat sheet:

Scenario 1:
Mid-30s, two-plus kids, does Zumba, recycles, and has a bit of a wild streak as evidenced by that frat party that no one is ever allowed to mention.

We recommend:
2014 Audi Q5 starting at $37,300
Halogen headlights, Panoramic sunroof, Audi MMI® Navigation plus with voice control system2 and Bang & Olufsen® Sound System with 14 speakers and 505 watts. It has enough room for the kids and enough cool for the mom.

Scenario 2:
She thinks of granola as an indulgence, Instagrams photos of her abs after workouts, despises gluten, goes to the DMA more than twice a year, and her father contributes more to SMU than you make in a year.

We recommend:
2014 CTS Sport Sedan starting at $45,100
A 3.6L V6 RWD and twin turbo v6 plus 50/50 weight distribution, exotic wood, anodized aluminum or carbon fiber interior. Classy enough to hold her boutique bags but still has the feistiness to cater to her competitive side.

Scenario 3:
The anti-prom queen, she has tattoos in places not fit for conversation, she wears leather jackets in the summer, and your mother warned you about girls like her.

We recommend:
2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 starting at $54,800 (though she’ll probably steal it)
5.8L DOHC 32-valve V8 engine, 662 horsepower, TREMEC® 6-speed manual transmission, and just the right amount of wrong to let it still be right.