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A big Gay year in car reviews

by J.T. Hills - SGN Contributing Writer

You are what you drive: environmentalist, consumerist, non-conformist, liberal, conservative, jock, preppy, or nerdy, what you park in your driveway is not only a mode of transportation, it's a form of expression. Thank you, advertising executives! Here's a biased, self-serving look of my favorite cars. Happy Pride!

For the serial monogamist that moves from home to home (to home), the 2009 GMC Sierra Hybrid
There's nothing more off-putting than showing up to a second date with your future ex in a U-Haul. With China patterns already picked and a redecorating plan well underway, hauling capacity and stealthy, cat-like silence puts you at a huge advantage. The GMC Sierra Hybrid has the ability to go up to 30 mph in whisper-quite hybrid propulsion - not to mention it gets 20mpg city for a full-size 4WD pickup, to boot. You can actually move an entire dining room set into or out of your abode of choice before your most recent soulmate knows what's happening to them. MSRP: $38,390-$47,675.

For the non-conformist environmentalist who doesn't want to drive a Prius, the 2010 Honda Insight
The 2010 Honda Insight has an oh-so familiar look about it, powered by the next generation of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) technology that uses an electric motor between a 1.3-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Insight gets a fuel economy rating of 40mpg city, 43mpg highway. It's the least expensive hybrid on the market, and it also says less about making a fashion statement in your driving choice and more about fuel-efficient, affordable transportation. MSRP: $19,800-$23,200.

For those who have kids, but really don't want to drive a mini-van, the 2009 Toyota Venza
No matter how much automotive manufactures try to make minivans sexy, there's really no way to make a minivan sexy. I don't have kids, even after years and years of trying - it doesn't seem to be in nature's plan - but I can appreciate the complexities of moving them about. The 2009 Toyota Venza provides expansive seating for five, cargo capacity, towing capability, and the convenience of all-wheel-drive in a snappy, sexy package. MSRP: $25,975-$29,250.

For those who think "go big or go home," the 2009 Range Rover Sport Supercharged
The Range Rover Sport is Land Rover's performance oriented sports touring SUV. It's designed with greater emphasis on on-road performance, but still delivers exceptional off-road capability Range Rover is famous for. Actually the Range Rover Sport isn't all that big in actual proportions - the size is very urban friendly - it just makes a big visual impact. It's substantial in quality, power, performance, and ego. It's worth every penny. MSRP: $58,375-$71,825.

For those who don't fly commercial, the 2009 Lexus LS600 h L
If you got it, flaunt it. That's what my mother always says. The LS600 h L is Lexus' flagship luxury sedan, and the first vehicle in the world to feature a full hybrid V8 powertrain capable of operating in electric-only mode or with a combination of gas engine and electric motor. Even though the Lexus LS600 h L may take up more space, it has relatively the same overall length as a Chevy Tahoe. You can sit back and relax in luxury knowing that your carbon footprint is smaller. MSRP: $106,035.

For those who might have noticed there isn't any product from BMW included in a Big Gay Year in Car Reviews:
After 10 years of writing car reviews for LGBT publications from my hometown of Seattle to Miami and points in-between, BMW of North America no longer feels that my reading audience is "exclusive" enough to provide product for reviews. In these trying economic times where auto manufacturers are facing uncertain futures, I find it fortunate that the LGBT readership of this publication is still thought of as a viable economic consumer base by every other major automotive manufacturer of vehicles sold in the United States. Please do not confuse a misguided marketing decision by BMW of North America with the thoughts, values, and practices of local, independently owned BMW dealerships.

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