Safety is a chief concern for female car and truck buyers, according to a new poll.
Of about 500 women polled Jan. 9 about what they want in a new vehicle by the Women's Economic Club, nearly 75 percent said safety features are a critical factor in their purchasing decisions, according to the Detroit News
About a third of the women said fuel economy has also become a much more important criterion
in their vehicle selections. Nearly the same proportion said they would consider buying a vehicle with a hybrid electric-gasoline powertrain, which is cleaner and more fuel-efficient than internal combustion engines.
Customizing holds little interest for most of the women -- 69 percent would not pay extra to add accessories to their vehicle, according to the News
. Slightly more than half of the women said they are intrigued by the new generation of sport utility vehicles that drive like cars, but a convertible is the dream vehicle for 56 percent.
As for pickup trucks and minivans, they may be practical but they don't make womens' hearts
race -- only 2 percent of the women surveyed dream of owning them, according to the News