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author photo by Jessica Shea Choksey December 2017

The holidays are just around the corner, and what better way to surprise your better half than with a beautiful new set of wheels. Whether it's a convertible, an off-road adventurer or a speedy little compact, there's a dream car out there for every kind of woman. And the good news is you can find one for under $40,000. Here are five dream cars that you might want to consider parking in the driveway for her to find on Christmas morning. And don't forget the big red bow.

2017 Fiat 500

2017 Fiat 500

Let's face it, the little Fiat 500 is adorable. With its tiny dimensions and unique exterior features, it's no wonder why this Italian subcompact gets so much attention. On the road, the Fiat 500 delivers a smooth ride and quick turn-ins. It's size and stylish persona make it the perfect city car for maneuvering through traffic and fitting into tight parking spaces. The 500 is powered by a modest 101-horsepower 1.4-liter 4-cylinder or a much peppier turbocharged engine that produces a spirited 160 hp. The modern interior is comfortable and attractive, featuring soft leather and a wide array of optional amenities. For an extra dose of fun and sun, considering getting her the convertible Fiat 500c. The 2017 Fiat 500 starts at $14,995.

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2017 Jeep Wrangler

2017 Jeep Wrangler

Of all the dream cars out there, there may be no other vehicle more synonymous with outdoor adventure than the Jeep Wrangler. For the lady in your life who loves to go off the beaten path, the Wrangler is all about exploring the wild. But this utility is also great for cruising up the coast with the ocean air whipping through its cabin. To that end, the Wrangler delivers just the right balance of capability and style. Under the hood is a powerful 3.6-liter V6 that produces 285 hp and ties to a standard 4-wheel-drive system made for getting up a trailhead to a romantic mountain retreat. Hard- and soft-top options offer plenty of flexibility to accommodate the change in seasons. The 2017 Jeep Wrangler has a base MSRP of $23,995.

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2017 Mazda3

2017 Mazda3

This sporty runabout is youthful and eye-catching, inside an out. Its sleek exterior design and finely sculpted body lines make it a popular choice among women drivers. On the road, the Mazda3 displays impressive handling, making twisty roads and country switchbacks all the more fun. And the revvy engine brings just the right dose of power. The cabin enjoys a roomy layout with modern amenities and plenty of technology, like night vision and lane departure warning. But what really makes this little car fun and functional is the versatile cargo hold, made to accommodate the busiest of active lifestyles. The 2017 Mazda3 starts at $17,845.

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2017 Mini Cooper

2017 Mini Cooper

The 5-passenger Mini Cooper is a spirited little car with sharp handling skills, turbocharged performance and a very stylish cabin with upscale flourishes and a high level of craftsmanship. Aside from being very unique and attractive, the Cooper touts a well-engineered chassis and lots of sought-after safety features like rollover protection, blind spot monitoring and lane-departure warning. And if you opt for a convertible, she'll love the idea of taking open air country drives on the weekends. To that, there may not be a ton of trunk space, but there's just enough room for a couple of overnight bags. The 2017 Mini Cooper has a base MSRP of $20,950.

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2017 Volkswagen GTI

2017 Volkswagen GTI

There are women who like to drive and then there are women who love to drive. The GTI is for the latter. This quick, little racer is bold and balanced, delivering confidence through virtually any kind of driving. The GTI embodies German engineering with its responsive handling, civilized ride quality and impressive fuel economy for being such a speed machine. The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine produces 210 hp and ties to a standard 6-speed manual gearbox (yes, a manual) or an optional 6-speed dual-clutch automatic. Within, the cabin is fitted with high-quality materials, and the GTI's hatchback design delivers generous cargo capacity. The 2017 Volkswagen GTI has a base price of $24,995.

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