From now on, we’re going to assume you’ve got a manual transmission and a diesel engine.
If so, you’re likely to find it a bit feminine.
But, what if you have a Honda Civic, Mercedes Benz GLC, BMW 5 Series, Toyota Prius, or Audi A3?
Or if you’ve bought a Porsche Cayenne, a Porsche 919, or an Audi Quattro?
If you do, you can start noticing a difference.
That’s because, according to a new study from the University of Ottawa, feminine cars are more likely to be masculine.
And the research also shows that the gender differences are more pronounced for older people, who tend to drive more feminine vehicles.
The new study, published in the journal Gender, was led by Prof. Susanne Sainbury, an associate professor in the department of anthropology at the University.
In her study, Sainburys group found that older women drive more masculine vehicles than older men, and that older men drive more female-centric vehicles.
She also found that young women drive less masculine-oriented vehicles than young men.
So, how do you tell if your vehicle is masculine if you know it’s older?
Prof. Sainbecks group found four ways to do that.
First, consider how old the vehicle is.
“The more it is, the more masculine it is,” she said.
“It can be a big factor in a car’s gender.”
Sainbergs group also looked at whether the car has been modified, including whether the roof is lowered, whether the hood is opened or closed, and whether the windshield is covered.
Finally, she looked at the exterior styling, including the number of different colours and patterns.
She found that the older a vehicle is, “the more masculine the exterior is.”
Prof. Sarah R. O’Connor, an assistant professor of anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the College of Arts and Sciences at the City University of New York, said the findings are not surprising, considering how feminine many cars are nowadays.
“For women, a car is typically the same, or slightly different, than it was a few years ago,” O’Conner said.
When it comes to the car’s exterior, however, O’Connell said, “it’s all about the internal design.”
“It’s very masculine to have a hood open,” she explained.
“But the roof, for instance, is often made of a lot of material that’s been reinforced with plastics, which are very feminine.”
The researchers also looked into how older men and women drive.
“They drive differently, and there are also differences in the way they ride their cars, with older men being more upright and older women less so,” she noted.
“In terms of the internal styling, older men are more masculine and older men tend to ride them more upright.”
A new study by the University shows that older people drive more masculinized vehicles.
Prof. Barbara Rauh, an undergraduate researcher in the College, said she thought the findings were surprising, but also unsurprising.
“There’s a certain sense of comfort in driving older men’s cars,” she told CBC News.
“You feel like you’re in a place where you’re doing something that’s older and you feel comfortable.”
“I think this is part of the reason why older people are so much more masculine in their vehicles than younger people,” said RauH.
The researchers used data from the General Social Survey, which is an annual survey that asks Canadians questions about how they’re spending their time.
They looked at people’s preferences for different cars, and found that there were more men who preferred older cars.
“What you’ll see in the studies that we do is that younger people tend to prefer older cars, while older people tend more toward feminine cars,” Ollman said.
The study found that people are more willing to drive masculine vehicles when they feel they have an old-school feel.
“A lot of younger people don’t really like to drive older cars,” Rau said.
However, Ollmiller said older women are more interested in a more masculine-centric car, and may not drive one if it’s not one that they feel comfortable in.
“Even though older women prefer masculine vehicles, they’re more comfortable with the more feminine-oriented cars,” he said.