2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long Term Road Test


2012 VW Beetle: Not Girly Anymore

January 24, 2013

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

In the 1960s and '70s people who drove VW Beetles were generally too stoned to care that they were driving one of the very worst cars on the planet. Yes, they were durable and cheap to fix. And a good Bug beat walking. But that's about the nicest thing I can say about the original Beetle. Although building a Baja Bug and doing the 1000 old school is appealing.

Then we got the New Beetle back in the '90s and VW created the ultimate girlymobile. Driving one wasn't an unpleasant experience, but it was the automotive equivalent of a mani pedi.

And now we have the new New Beetle, which is a different animal all together. Not only is it a great drive, it no longer comes standard with an honorary membership to a sorority of your choice. VW has manned it up. Not a ton, but just enough.

Our long-term 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is a butch as they come with its black paint and turbo engine, and I like driving it. But more importantly I don't emerge from the car with an unexplainable desire to watch the Lifetime channel and follow Ryan Seacrest on Twitter.

The VW Beetle isn't girly anymore. Mostly.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 13,994 miles

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