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My Car Match

steverstever Ex Yooper, en route to New MexicoPosts: 40,509
edited November 2011 in General
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.

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  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,968
    edited November 2011
    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
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,810
    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.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,162
    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.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,162
    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.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Mazda Miata, 79.5% compatibility. Pretty clever.

    WSJ article about it, I'm quoted in the 5th paragraph:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203707504577011952538187194.html?m- od=WSJ_LifeStyle_Lifestyle_6
  • colin_lcolin_l Posts: 591
    edited November 2011
    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. :D

    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.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    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. :D
  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,350
    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.

    2009 BMW 335i, 2003 Corvette cnv, 2001 Jaguar XK cnv, 1985 MB 380SE (the best of the lot)

  • bpizzutibpizzuti Posts: 2,743
    This tried to put me in a Beemer or a Mitsu. Which would generally work, but there was no Mazda in the list anywhere.
  • to any kind of Mitsubishi and it would be like the day the Seattle Sonics get resurrected to play in the NBA again. :shades:

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • benjaminhbenjaminh Posts: 1,764
    It put me in a Hyundai Sonata Turbo. Given that I own a Honda Accord, maybe that's not too far off....but I really pretty much demand to have a manual in my cars, and the Sonata turbo doesn't have one. I also demand good visibility, something the Sonata is also not known for. I also like good handling and steering, which again are areas where the Sonata is not at the top.

    So, it sorta worked for me....but not really.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,621
    It matched me up equally with either an Audi A5 nor a TT which are both cars I like very much but
    for fast coupes I think I'd prefer a RWD 3 series to an A5 (AWD/FWD). Likewise for a small two seater I'd definitely favor RWD. Perhaps your match-maker ought to ask which wheels we prefer driven although in my case it depends on the kind of car.

    Cars I'm actually considering buying next: Audi A3 or A4 wagon (nothing wrong w AWD on a wagon), used Porsche Boxster or Boxster S (RWD doesn't get any better).

    Now drive an 11 y/o Five Series which may last forever.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Seems like they could add a few criteria at the start to help narrow it down.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,699
    edited November 2011
    like very much. It is the new SUV under development from them that will no doubt make the jump from concept to production, the PX-MiEV. It is an all-electric for the first 40 miles, then a gas engine starts up that powers electricity to all 4 wheels and the good-sized truck can then go some 450 miles. Perfect for the snowy days that come aplenty in northern Idaho.

    image
    Mitsubishi PX-MiEV concept

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    They added EV parking spots in my garage, apparently to get LEED Platinum certification.

    So premium parking pots.

    Free electricity.

    Yes, free.
  • Free electricity.

    Yes, free.


    Such a deal, I'd be psyched!

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • lmartilmarti Posts: 15
    It matched me up with a Kia Sorento/Sportage and Hyundai Tucson/Santa Fe. I've been looking at both of those manufacturers!
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,470
    edited November 2011
    Top choice was the Camaro coupe at 92.4%- no way would I ever own one. In second place was the Mustang, which I have considered- but not all that seriously. The only cars on the list that I've actually thought of buying were fifth(GTI) and ninth(RX-8).

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Perhaps it misread your gas mileage standards?
  • colin_lcolin_l Posts: 591
    I think Car Match is simply trying to find a traditional vertical to place the user into and then it pulls up existing Edmunds ratings for the top recommendations.

    That's why a lot of people are seeing the same cars, I think. The Kia Sorento, for example, is rated very highly. (And it should be, I'm not arguing about that part!) But I'm not overly impressed with the individualism, selection process or ranking.

    It's a decent version 1.0 effort and I want Edmunds to keep working on it-- after some more work, I think it could be a very valuable shopping tool.
  • ccappaccappa Posts: 29
    Okay...so I answered the questions. Which are supposed to determine my most favored qualities, for, in my case, a sedan 45K or below.

    So the three top qualities were determined to be: 1. "Sportiness" (Yes); 2. "Luxury" (Yes); and 3. "Performance" (No, not even close, performance would be fifth out of the five for me. In reality, technology would be third).

    Still, it nailed the first two qualities in the right order.......that's not too bad.....so far-so good.

    So I hit the button to find the "best car for me", a person who, according to the Car Match(er) prioritzes Sportiness and Luxury, and is willing to spend up to 45K.

    And the winner is.......

    Hyundai Sonata.

    ???????????????????

    Funny thing is.....the little bar graphs that indicate the Sonata's "qualities", don't match up at all with the bar graph that indicates my preferred "qualities".

    Second place is the Volvo S60 T6. That graph matches up pretty well, and yeah, that makes more sense. Both with the graphs, and in real life.

    Third place is another Sonata, the hybrid. Again, that makes no sense; doesn't match up at all with my graph.

    Fourth, is the Audi A4, OK, makes sense. But after that, it actually goes downhill from there. Hyundai Elantra, Lincoln MKZ, Kia Optima, Lexus HS 250, Buick LaCrosse and a slew of other unlikely candidates rank above the Infiniti G37, which is around 20th place, despite the fact that its graph matches up almost perfectly with mine.

    Car Match needs work. Something ain't working right.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,707
    Maybe Hyunkia had a role in this configurator? :shades:
  • steverstever Ex Yooper, en route to New MexicoPosts: 40,509
    Or maybe more people need to take a second look a them. :P

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  • bpizzutibpizzuti Posts: 2,743
    I drive one. I'm trying to get out of it. Sorry, they're nice appliances, but I don't like appliances. :shades:
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,707
    Hmmm...that's a heck of a coincidence :shades:
  • steverstever Ex Yooper, en route to New MexicoPosts: 40,509
    edited December 2011
    I'll let you know when Kia flops one in my driveway so I can talk about it every day. :D

    I have two friends who met their mates through an online match service. One couple just got married but the other couple has been together a little bit long that I've been driving my '99 Quest.

    You just never know how or where you're going to find your dream car.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,707
    You never know what happens at corporate :shades:

    I just took the survey again - selected price as no object as I won't be buying new anyway. It says I prefer "mileage, sportiness, luxury", which sounds right - although when my E55 gets 14mpg in town that seems hard to imagine. It lists my #1 choice as a 5er GT (ugh), #2 Audi TT (no thanks), #3 Audi TTS (never seen one before), #4 Alpina B7 (if Edmunds wants to give me one I'll take it), #5 S-class, and then a smattering of Germans before an Infiniti M37 comes around at about #13 or something. Interesting.
  • steverstever Ex Yooper, en route to New MexicoPosts: 40,509
    Funny that mileage pops up if price is no object.

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,323
    hmmm... yeah, I definitely smell something here. Hyunkia came up as 5 of my top 6 recommendations, although I predominately picked vehicles that were RWD/AWD during the questioning.

    Volvo S60 at #2 and Audi A4 at #7 are the only two I would ever think about, yet still wouldn't buy (not new, anyway). No bimmer on the list anywhere. Very disappointing "tool" guys ... unless it was intended as a marketing tool, in which case, good job!

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It lists my #1 choice as a 5er GT (ugh)

    Filing that one for later use.

    Just kidding. ;)
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