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#35 of 84 Re: Uh...needs work. [ateixeira]
Dec 06, 2011 (11:54 am)
I don't know if I'd want that or an X6...at least with the latter, I would have an excuse to drive like a jerk
Most Euro highline cars have a large tank, to negate the mileage penalty. My car has a 21 gallon tank, which at 24-25mpg easy average on the open road, gives it a nice range for a V8 capable of very high speeds.
#36 of 84 Re: Uh...needs work. [fintail]
Dec 06, 2011 (12:07 pm)
I like that ... my van holds 20 or 21 gallons, depending upon what source you believe, and with 27+mpg on trips I can break 500 per tank if I feel risky.
See, Toyotas aren't always boring.
#37 of 84 Re: Uh...needs work. [ateixeira]
Dec 06, 2011 (12:14 pm)
If running the car on fumes is excitement, Toyota has it.
Just think of the ranges we could have on those tanks with diesel.
#38 of 84 Re: Uh...needs work. [fintail]
Dec 06, 2011 (1:04 pm)
Isn't VW advertising the Passat can go 700 miles on a tank? I wish...
I want a SkyActiv Miata just so I don't have to fill up every 240 miles.
I could change my driving habits and start hyper-miling, but then why own a Miata in the first place?
#39 of 84 Re: Uh...needs work. [ateixeira]
Dec 06, 2011 (2:15 pm)
I've never hyper miled, probably never will. The E55 is the most efficient (highway driving anyway) car I have ever owned, that might say something.
A nice Bluetec E could work for me, as I get older and keep the current car for awhile, it might be the eventual replacement. Same huge cruising range, and some torque.
#40 of 84 Re: Q. about match "engine" [ateixeira]
Dec 06, 2011 (3:10 pm)
I already theorized that.
I think it picks a vertical segment-- sometimes very badly as others have pointed out-- and then bangs down the list of pre-existing Edmunds ratings.
Hyundai, Kia, BMW and Audi have very high ratings here. I'm not going to argue as to whether they should, but I think that's why they are high on the Car Match results.
#41 of 84 Re: Uh...needs work. [steve_]
Dec 06, 2011 (10:54 pm)
I could buy that, if the bar graph that characterize the Sonata's "qualities" (as judged by Edmunds) matched up better with the bar graph that characterized my preferred "qualities".
But they don't match up very well. At all. And the Edmunds judgment of the Sonata, as expressed in that "qualities" bar graph seems pretty accurate to me, from what I've heard and read.
Would you consider the Sonata a better choice than, say, an Infiniti G37, for someone who has up to 45K to spend, and who prioritizes "Sportiness", "Luxury", and "Performance"?
#42 of 84 Re: Uh...needs work. [ccappa]
by steve_ HOST
Dec 07, 2011 (8:19 am)
However, if you remove the badges, a lot of people might be fooled.
I haven't played with this for a while. Just went through and picked two people and lots of gear. When the SUV and truck option came up, I zapped those and picked hatchbacks, minivans and wagons. I said price didn't matter. So My Car Match said I preferred MPG, Performance, then Technology. I guess performance got in there since I crossed off SUVs and trucks?
When choices came up I went for mpg. If the mpg was similar, I went for the better warranty.
First choice was a Kia Soul. Volvo V50 and XC90 were next (I have a long grudge about Volvos, so I'd probably have to skip 'em).
Haven't driven one, but did consider the Soul the last time we went tire kicking. Minivans were 4 or 5 points below, and the Prius was in the 86th percentile. The xD wasn't on the map, but the Elantra Touring was (but we liked the last generation better than the current one).
So, it got our interests in there and offered up some that weren't on the radar. Like the GTI, which keeps nagging at my subconscious. Oh, another Outback was in the low 80s.
Too many choices if 80% or better is good enough for you.
#43 of 84 Re: Uh...needs work. [steve_]
Dec 07, 2011 (8:05 am)
If someone can't differentiate a badgeless FWD 4 banger Sonata from a badgeless RWD/AWD 6cyl G37, they need to be stuck in a Yaris
#44 of 84 Wow .. just, wow
Dec 07, 2011 (8:06 am)
Plugged in my preferences, and the #1 recommendation was .... wait for it ....
(yeah, I thought the same thing, too)
#2 was the Mitsu Lancer Sportback and #3 was the Mazda Speed3.
Of course, I put in a price cap of $25K, so I suppose I ought not be too surprised.