Before I even begin, I'm going to offer a hint: Men, if you're looking for a manly, gear-head article about the Hyundai Accent, you can stop reading now. Ladies, this one is for you.
I was recently driving the 3-door Accent, which I love, by the way, when I discovered a curious problem: It's difficult to comfortably drive the vehicle with a manual transmission while wearing 3-inch heels. The problem, you see, is that the size of my high heels and the angle of the clutch pedal combined to create a very awkward foot position when trying to push the clutch all the way in.
Leave it to a man. I mean, unless you're Prince, most men aren't going to traipse around in high-heeled shoes.
Lest you think this is a singular phenomenon with the Hyundai Accent, let me give you my other top female-centric pet peeves in cars.
1) If you are wearing knee boots, the piping around the edge of the seats in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class catches the top of the boot when you are moving your foot from the gas to the brake.
2) Chrysler vehicles (including Jeep & Dodge) are NOT made for petite women. If you push your seat in the far-forward position, you end up trapping your legs between the seat and the underbelly of the dash.
3) The dead pedal in the Mazda RX-8 has just enough of a gap between the bottom of the pedal and the floor of the car that I manged to get a spiked high heel caught in the gap. Not pretty when you're trying to downshift.
4) Large SUVs in general (but the Hummer H2, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Cadillac Escalade, Toyota Sequoia and Infiniti QX56) are very unfriendly to the pencil skirt. Even with running boards. I've had many an embarrassing moment pulling my skirt almost up to my panties trying to hike my way into the car.
5) The manual top on the Saturn Sky and the Pontiac Solstice are so freaking difficult, it's no wonder that both cars (and their parent brands) are going to be extinct. There are some very incriminating photos of me out there standing on the trunk of a Sky trying to attach the top. I personally didn't have enough "torque" to deal with these tops easily as well. Such a shame as both of these cars are among the most stunning vehicles for the money on the road. In a complete juxtaposition, the manual top on the Mazda MX-5 is super easy and can almost be done with one hand while sitting in the driver's seat.
Those are my top 5 auto pet peeves. What are yours?