Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2020-09-16
About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



AUTOS Vehicles of the decade
by Randy Stern,

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

The 2010s were a decade of progress for LGBT people. Our visibility and representation increased multi-fold with major strides made by our government, our lives, and our culture. Our community broke through many barriers that are still challenged today.

Yet, we got married legally. We saw more Trans visibility. And, we saw our automotive industry open up to welcome us at the workplace.

To celebrate the end of this breakthrough decade, we asked our staff to compile a list of vehicles that represent the 2010s for our community. This is what we collectively came up with.

Bear with us—it's a long list!

—Audi A7: Elegant/eye-catching styling, interior function and beauty, roomy, agile, peppy though not brawny get-up-and-go power, overall luxe coupled with sporty driving dynamics. ( Ruth Manuel-Logan )

—BMW 3-Series: The elite LGBTs love their Bimmers, and the 3-Series satisfied their A-List aspirations or their want of being ( insert gender here )-racers. The E90 entered into the decade strong with a formula that included a stout four-cylinder turbo, a strong six-cylinder model, and the iconic M3 monster. By the middle of the decade, the E90 yielded to the F30, a more refined and substantial version of the desirable and aspirational premium compact sports sedan. ( Randy Stern )

—Chevrolet Camaro: The fifth generation got the Camaro back on track. When it rolled off the assembly line in 2010, it was the first Camaro to do so in eight years. The model had really lost its way in the 1980s and 90s, but the 2010 model gave it the beefy physique and chiseled looks it deserved. ( Richard Read )

— Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: The car that wasn't supposed to become the finest example of the front-engine Corvette formula. It has styling traits that trace their lineage back to the 1950s, it revived the Stingray name for base models, and performance that won on the street and track, especially in ZR1 form that's about as far as you can take a front-engine performance car. Much of what makes the C7 great ( styling/comfort/tech ) was carried over to the mid-engine C8. What a way to end Corvette's first chapter. ( Casey Williams )

—Chrysler Pacifica: Who would have thunk that a minivan would be a top LGBT pick for the decade? Yet as more and more queer families expand in numbers, tight and fast cars have made way for something bigger and more practical—yes, that means that "mom van" has made a comeback in a big way. The Chrysler Pacifica hit the market as a reincarnation of the old Town and Country minivan and has proven to be a top-notch, luxury, comfortable and easy-to-clean minivan that makes sense for families who need lots of room and practicality. And something to go easy on the household budget. ( Sam Gomez )

—Fiat 500: This vehicle really came of age in the teen years of the 21st Century. The introduction of the 500L took it from a two-door to a four-door and effectively increased interior room by almost 50 percent for its birth. As the car transitioned into the 500X and later incarnations, however, the aging process did not go so smoothly: the engine became more sluggish and the interior room got more pinched. Still, it proved to be one heck of a gay car for the decade. All the bold, gay exterior colors offered showed the hetero world that you don't have to be drab just because the rest of your life is. ( Sam )

—Ford F-150: LGBT consumers overwhelmingly care about environmental issues, but like everybody else, we also have work to do. The 13th generation of America's best-selling vehicle for 30-something years lets us do our hauling while lessening the impact we have on climate change. Launched in 2015, it hauls like an F-150 should, but it also features aluminum bodywork to deliver better MPGs. ( Richard )

—Ford Flex: A real downplayed people mover, unique styling, spacious and useful interior for multiple humans front-to-back, surprisingly nimble, crisp steering, stable and comfy ride. ( Ruth )

—Honda Element: This boxy standout died early in the decade and is sorely missed. It was perfect for growing families, dog-lovers, antiquers, and anyone else who schleps people and things from place to place. And the easy-to-clean interior made it a good fit for neat freaks, too. ( Richard )

—Genesis G90: Luxurious attention-grabbing design, top-notch interior, spirited/smooth handling, amazing passing power, loaded with bells and whistles ( Ruth )

—Hyundai Equus: Overall stately exterior design, indulgently comfy and roomy cabin; graceful, poised and serene motoring, offers amenities galore for its sticker price ( Ruth )

—Mercedes-Benz S-Class: This is the car that returned Mercedes to the top of the luxury car market with styling that recalls the classic W116 series S-Class and next-generation technology like lane centering, twin-screen infotainment, and all of the latest crash avoidance systems. No car was ever more comfortable or dignified. This car's successor will surely take us another step towards autonomous driving. ( Casey )

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: This may not be a national phenomenon, but if you have an out LGBT dealership principal who has been heavily involved in our community, people will come to his store and buy their best product. In Minnesota ( and Western Wisconsin ), the Outlander Sport became the affordable vehicle of choice for the LGBT community. The simple small SUV has been a great starter vehicle for our community in the Upper Midwest—all because of one person. ( Randy )

—Nissan Leaf: We're a fashion-forward community of early adopters, and the Leaf was one of the earliest all-electric models you could buy in the US. ( Richard )

—Nissan Rogue: This car is hot and fast and one of the best little get-up-and-go cars of the decade, perfect for LGBTs of all stripes, assuming you can still fit into the jeans you wore during Y2K. Redesigned and reintroduced mid-decade, it's a spunky little car that is priced right for most pocketbooks. It's fast and fun and not terribly practical if you have to do more than carry you and your significant other from Point Gay to Bee with just a few belongings—but it is a treat to drive and the long-term economy is worthwhile. And it is very zippy-yippy and still a lot of fun for those who are still limber enough to lead an active LGBT lifestyle. ( Sam )

—Subaru Crosstek: No top-whatever car list for LGBT drivers would be complete without one from the queer fan fave, Subaru. The Crosstrek is a sassier, sturdier iteration of the Subaru Impreza, and although it got off to a bumpy start, it's clearly hit its stride. ( Richard )

—Subaru Outback: The car that arguably saved Subaru with clever ads featuring Crocodile Dundee's Paul Hogan delighted traditional owners and attracted many more with the third-generation. It went from a soft-road capable compact wagon to a seriously capable mid-size crossover that not only defines modern Subaru but is also the best-selling crossover in America ( not to mention, commanding more than 80 percent of the station wagon segment ). Whether you're carrying a surfboard or offspring, this car does it all—and comes from one of the LGBT community's best automotive friends. ( Casey )

—Tesla Model 3: The automaker that shook up an industry ( even if it isn't profitable ) launched its first high-volume model. It should be noted, however, that Chevrolet beat Tesla to market with the Bolt and will continue to give it Hell with a series of impending EV introductions, but sexy styling and the cult of personality carried the day for Tesla in Round 1. The Model 3 may yet be the Model T of the EV age. ( Casey )

—Volkswagen CC: Attractive upscale Euro styling in and out, responsive, strikes a nice balance of ride comfort and sportiness. ( Ruth )

For more Gaywheels articles, visit .

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


Gay News

AUTOS 2020 Cadillac XT6 is the stylish transport for you and your posse 2020-08-18 - Cadillac has long hosted fashion shows with acres of flat sheetmetal, glistening chrome, and cabins drenched with all the finest materials. This ...

Gay News

AUTOS Elegant 2020 BMW 840i knows how to butter your rolls 2020-05-25 - I've been craving a grilled chicken sandwich and rolls from the Beef House Restaurant near Covington, Indiana. With a BMW 840i in the ...

Gay News

AUTOS 2020 Jeep Wrangler, diesel go together like Grace and Frankie 2020-03-03 - One of my guilty pleasures for the last few years has been Netflix's series Grace and Frankie starring Jane Fonda and Lilly Tomlin. ...

Gay News

AUTOS 2019 GMC Sierra, Denali recalls classic Suburban pickups 2018-10-26 - Back in 1955, GMC introduced the Suburban pickup, a companion to the luxurious Chevy Cameo fleetside that was essentially a show truck for ...

Gay News

AUTOS Audi goes fully electric with the new e-Tron 2018-09-25 - Audi just threw its hat into the electric-vehicle ring—and this one could send shockwaves across the marketplace. The unveiling of the e-Tron crossover/SUV ...

Gay News

AUTOS FIRST DRIVE Mercedes dials 2018 S-Class back to 560 2018-09-05 - Mercedes aficionados know some numbers are more special than others when it comes to the marque's most revered models: 770, 300, and 600 ...

Gay News

AUTOS FIRST DRIVE 2018 BMW 740e, expensive classic with new social responsibility 2018-08-08 - It was inevitable, I reckon. The big classic luxury cars for which Bavarian Motor Works ( BMW ) came to be known had ...

Gay News

AUTOS 2018 Dodge Durango R/T is a Challenger for the sensible driver 2018-07-03 - Who wouldn't want a Dodge Challenger with a big, hulking HEMI engine? They're a blast to drive with their big engines and Mercedes-derived ...

Gay News

AUTOS 2019 Jetta's new appeal ... much like the old appeal 2018-05-29 - The Volkswagen Jetta has never been one of those "wow" cars, and that's been by design. It was always meant to be ...

Gay News

AUTOS That's so gay: 2018 Subaru Outback is the lesbian classic everyone wants 2018-04-25 - Gaywheels editor's note: The Subaru Outback is on a nationwide charm offensive. Yesterday, Casey gave his opinion of the 2018 model ( lavishing ...


Copyright © 2020 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.







About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.