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posted on August 4th, 2016

While they may be in short supply, the southern belle is not a creature of the past. Are you looking for a car with excellent manners, who takes driving seriously? Do you need a vehicle with gossip as sharp as its turning radius? The beauty of the South is as much about the countryside as the gems within its charming cities. So when you’re heading out to explore, these are the belles that can take you down the back roads or through high society, and always know precisely when to bless people’s hearts.

Stuart’s Hyundai Genesis 2012

You can’t get classier than a belle named Genesis. Well-known for both her fuel efficiency and smooth ride, this is the car that’ll get you into the parties you knew you were underdressed for, and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Atlanta, GA

Cindy’s Volkswagen Tiguan 2010

With enough room for all of your friends and family, this car doesn’t shy away from caring for a brood. And only a belle with the most impeccable manners offers free airport pick-up or will reimburse your Uber ride to pick her up.

Houston, TX

Roberto’s Porsche 911 2009

This is the brand of belle who need only step onto her porch for a moment before she’s gracefully besieged by callers of all variety. Certainly her designer fashions don’t hurt, but it’s her sporty disposition and her integrity that are known far and wide.

Jacksonville, FL

Shannon’s Mercedes Benz SL-Class 2006

This southern belle intends to catch your eye with her scissor doors and remote-controlled hard-top convertible. She prides herself on power and her strong constitution, but don’t even think about taking her to a dive: she takes premium 93 gasoline only.

Charlotte, NC

Chris’ Lexus CT 200H 2012

This belle likes to glance coquettishly over her shoulder, and invite you on long drives all over town or into the hills. Like a true lady, she’s a hybrid who only sips gas lightly, but takes twisty roads with verve and still delivers 45 MPG.

Atlanta, GA

Brandon’s BMW M3 2011

What is more alluring than mystery? With tinted windows and a sly black exterior, this BMW belle is a shadow in the night: full of secrets and incredibly high performance. She’s tuned and equipped to Dinan perfection, and isn’t afraid to let the engine roar.

Nashville, TN

Justin’s Nissan Titan 2009

Let’s be real. While some cars are all about looks, the real southern belle has no problem getting her hands dirty and pulling some weight. Whether you’re working or playing, this truck will keep you comfy with a leather-clad full cab, and comes with a hitch or a bed that can take your ATV into wild.

Jackson, MS

Walter’s Mazda MX-5 Miata 2007

With a cream exterior and a tan top, this a classic belle. With a penchant for good literature, she likes to spin through art shows in town or a zip through the Blue Ridge Mountains. But keep in mind that she does require experience with a 6-speed manual transmission.

Asheville, NC

Natalie’s Ford Focus 2010

You can’t deny a belle with her heart in the right place. She may not be fed from a silver spoon, but this car drives flawlessly, and when you rent it, 25% of the profits go to Make it Right, a non-proft that builds homes for the people of New Orleans.

New Orleans, LA

Angel’s Ford Mustang 2012

The truth is that everybody loves a bad belle. This Mustang can vex and charm at the same time. With sharp looks, a fiery exterior, dark tint, and a mean V6, you’ll get more than a few epic stories from this one.  

Pooler, GA

Kamala Puligandla is a writer and an editorial assistant at Turo. She is always on the hunt for a strange story, a great snack, and the perfect outdoor spot to consume them.