But their search for these qualities is unsuccessful.
That's the conclusion of the Women and Cars survey, a cooperative project between Niederrhein University and MSR Consulting Group.
More than 1,200 female drivers in Germany took part in the poll.
The survey said there also is a big difference between expectations and experience in regard to visits to the repair shop. Honesty and trustworthiness are important to women, but not even two-thirds of those questioned were satisfied in those areas.
A total of 49 percent still prefer going to authorized repair workshops, but more than a third favor independent repair shops. More than a quarter of participants choose a new shop immediately after buying their car.
In regard to the vehicles, women like vehicles that consume little fuel and offer a high level of safety.
Features such as climate control or resale value are slightly less important.
According to the survey, women act far less emotionally than men: The fantastic sound of an engine is not usually the deciding factor for buying a car.