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Counting down the best of the best, according to our friends at gaywheels.com…
 
At gaywheels.com, we drive all types of vehicles from every brand, but the top five brands researched on our site are Nissan, Subaru, Fiat, Mazda and Jeep. We do appreciate authenticity and beauty, which may explain the affection. Within those brands, there are some exceptional new models worth driving. Here are the best from among the most popular.
 
2018 Nissan Leaf
Autonomous self-driving cars are the future for most automakers, but not Nissan. That’s because the all-electric Leaf is already there. Beneath its sleek new skin is a bank of lithium-ion batteries that give the car a range of 242 km and generate a peppy 147 horsepower. You can nearly drive the car with one pedal, but Nissan’s ProPilot Assist system uses adaptive cruise control and cameras to maintain a safe speed and automatically keep the car in its lane—even around curves. Manage charging through your smartphone. Welcome to the future!
Base price: $35,998
 
2019 Subaru Ascent
For those Subaru fans who need more space for family and friends, there’s a bigger ride from this LGBT-friendly brand. Able to seat seven or eight passengers in three rows of seats, the Ascent can be equipped with heated leather seats, Harman Kardon audio, 3-zone climate control, and Wi-Fi. Subaru’s EyeSight crash avoidance system with stereo cameras is superb. Step into a 260 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder Boxer engine connected to torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive. X-Mode hill descent control handles moderate off-roading.
Base price: $35,995
 
2018 Fiat 500X Urbana Edition
It bears a strong family resemblance to the cute 500 microcar, but the 500X crossover is much more useful. It’s still very stylish in Urbana Edition trim, with black instrument bezels, cloth bucket seats with copper embossing, 18-inch gloss black wheels and black exterior trim. Beats audio rocks. On urban or extra-urban roadways, the 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine, connected to all-wheel-drive through a nine-speed transmission, delivers 180 horsepower and uses just 7.8 L/100 km.
Base price: $31,590
 
2018 Mazda3 Sport
Mazda proves that a car can be gorgeous, efficient and inexpensive—all while feeling special. Embracing the brand’s flowing Kodo design ethos with crisp sheetmetal details is fit for an art gallery, but the five-door body makes it incredibly practical. Interiors with joywheel-controlled touchscreen infotainment and contrasting colours look fit for an Audi. A full suite of crash avoidance tech is available. The base 155 horsepower four-cylinder engine delivers 6.4 L/100 km. Step up to the 184 horsepower 2.5-litre engine for more fun. As on sports cars, torque-vectoring control clicks it through corners.
Base price: $19,900
 
2019 Jeep Cherokee
A nose job leaves the Cherokee a little less distinct, but no less capable. A redesigned front brings styling closer to the Grand Cherokee, but behind the grille is an all-new turbocharged four-cylinder engine generating 270 horsepower and employing auto stop/start and a nine-speed transmission to maximize fuel economy. A next-generation four-wheel-drive system enhances Jeep’s famous off-road capability. Configure it for Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud or Rocks. Get it with a dual-pane sunroof, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 19-inch wheels.
Base price: $29,995
 

 
CASEY WILLIAMS is a contributing writer for Gaywheels.com. He contributes to the New York-based LGBT magazine Metrosource and the Chicago Tribune. He and his husband live in Indianapolis, where Williams contributes videos and reviews to wfyi.org, the area’s PBS/NPR station.
 

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