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Nov 04, 2011 (10:21 am)
Edmunds has a tool to test your compatibility with various cars. You answer some questions (many of which may surprise you) and then we'll offer up some suggestions of what models you may want to consider.
You may be reassured (or flummoxed, lol).
Here's the link:
My Car Match
Please try it (takes about 5 minutes) and tell us how well you think the tool matched. Even better, follow the advice in this blurb and take it twice.
#2 of 84 Re: My Car Match [steve_]
Nov 04, 2011 (10:26 am)
it tried to shove me into an Audi A4! The Hyundai Sonata or Buick LaCrosse came in a close 2nd and 3rd.
If I was to actually buy a new car, right now it would be a tossup between a Charger, Altima, Accord, or Fusion.
**Edit: I just tried it a second time, and this time the Hyundai Sonata came in, by a wide margin. The Sonata hybrid came in a distant #2, with the Kia Optima in #3
#3 of 84 Re: My Car Match [andre1969]
Nov 04, 2011 (10:46 am)
It put me mainly in 5 seat SUV's when I clearly need more.
The 6th best car was the Explorer which is good because I just bought one.
#4 of 84 Re: My Car Match [steve_]
Nov 04, 2011 (11:03 am)
Strange! It shows my most top three compatible matches as a Jaguar XF Sedan, BMW 5-Series Sedan, and an Infiniti M Sedan.
It might be that I carry little luggage and few passengers that affects the results.
#5 of 84 Re: My Car Match [andre1969]
Nov 04, 2011 (11:08 am)
If I were to buy new car right now, the most likely candidate would be a Buick LaCrosse CXS for my wife. For myself, a red Chrysler 300-C would be a nice candidate to replace my Mercury. I plan on keeping the DTS for the long haul. More realistically, if the Mercury was totalled or stolen, I would look for a used Lincoln Town Car or Buick Lucerne.
#7 of 84 I tried a few times.
Nov 04, 2011 (11:19 am)
I honestly don't know what I would buy, LOL. Occupants would be me, wife, 4 y/o son. I am considering a mid/large sedan, mid wagon, or a midsize SUV. I have a '03 Evo right now and my wife drives a '08 Suzuki G-V 4x4. The Suzuki is fine for most things, but we really feel the pinch on space if we go camping or take a trip with 4 adults.
But I don't want a massive SUV now or ever. And if I get a midsize SUV now, the Suzuki's gas mileage isn't that great so it won't be a go-to car for any reason.
I think I would rather have a sedan or wagon, which will be more fun to drive than the Suzuki and probably be faster and/or more fuel efficient. It will be a more distinct niche. Anyway, about Car Finder now that you have some idea of my crazy priorities.
First attempt I chose middle occupants, middle storage, sedan/wagon/suv, <$35k. The #1 recommendation was a Kia Sorento, which was not on my short list but looks quite good. Other recommendations were also midsize SUVs and the A4 wagon. Alrighty then. Second attempt I picked SUV and wagon only. Why see sedans if none of them made the top cut? Kia Sorento #1 again. There's the A4 wagon again. Mini Clubman Wagon made the list too. Hmm, interesting. Third attempt I pick sedans only. #1 is now Volvo S60, yeah right. That is sooo not happening. VW CC, maybe, but probably would get Passat instead. A4 sedan. Not overly impressed! Maybe the sedans I would've expected to be on the list are over $35k.. I don't know. I think the algorithms need a lot of work. I would strongly suggest more qualifiers before starting with the pictures. More detail on number of seats, offroad and towing use (or not), slider bar for importance of good fuel economy, and so on.
#8 of 84 Re: I tried a few times. [colin_l]
Nov 04, 2011 (12:13 pm)
Seems like a lot of people are being suggested Korean cars, the Genesis coupe was tied for my top suggestion as well.
I think their prices and F/E and swaying results towards their models.
You can get a DI 190hp Sorento with good-for-its-size gas mileage. Check that out, since this tool seems so certain about it.
#9 of 84 Re: My Car Match [steve_]
Nov 04, 2011 (1:03 pm)
It actually did well for me. The first 2 choices were Infinities (M and G sedans), but closely following them was the 3 series BMW that I own and love. The 5 series came in 5th (after the G37 Infinity) and then the Cadillac CTS, both of which I shopped before I ended up with the 3 series. The match scores for all 5 cars were within 1%, so I was pretty well profiled.
Nov 05, 2011 (10:02 am)
This tried to put me in a Beemer or a Mitsu. Which would generally work, but there was no Mazda in the list anywhere.