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  • The survey is taken by anyone browsing on Edmunds or I think there are a few other places that have links to the survey. We try to make sure it's not gamed, but no it's not a true random sample survey that reflects the population. I wish it were, but that costs money.

    You can see it here:

    http://survey.edmunds.com/rating/
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yeah, it would be nearly impossible to get a random sample. They would not be interested enough to fill out the forms.

    If I designed it I would take any and all bribes else just tell people what I think they should get. :D
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,571
    I still don't see how my top match was a Camaro. It never even asked me if I wore a mullet(I don't BTW).

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

  • plektoplekto Posts: 3,738
    edited December 2011
    The tool has a huge defect in it in that it doesn't allow you to select RWD vs FWD or exclude cars with automatics. I tried it and all it gave me for choices were a bunch of FWD jellybean rental boxes.

    When I had a choice between a Kia, a VW, and a Nissan subcompact as the first three choices, all I could think was "where is the "none of these" option.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,571
    When I had a choice between a Kia, a VW, and a Nissan subcompact as the first three choices, all I could think was "where is the "none of these" option.

    Exactly!

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

  • When I had a choice between a Kia, a VW, and a Nissan subcompact as the first three choices, all I could think was "where is the "none of these" option.

    Kia. Though the very best choice out there, Mitsubishi, is not a pickable pick there. Keep trying.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • We debated quite a a bit about what kind "must have" options/attributes we should allow people to choose between before we made their recommendations. RWD vs. FWD vs. AWD was right up there on that list. Unfortunately there are many things like that and if we showed all of them,it wouldn't really be a recommendation engine so much as a filtering tool.

    With My Car Match, we know we're making a big assumption that people can make trade-offs between all the vehicle characteristics we show on the three cars. The reality is that there are some things people would never give up for anything. For you it sounds like it's RWD. For others it's something else. I have envisioned a version of MCM where we let you choose a couple of "must have" things before we have you start choosing between sets of three cars. The back-end gets a bit more complicated, but I can see how it would appeal to some people to have a bit more control. Maybe we'll get there with a future version.

    About the wish for a "none of these" option when looking at the three cars, we don't want you to pick the one that you would actually buy, just the one that's better than the other two, given all the attributes shown. It's purposefully made to be difficult (i.e. showing you all FWD) so that you consider other attributes when making your choice.

    Maybe try and think of it as this scenario: You have a friend who lives in a strange place where only the three cars shown are available. Your friend has to have a car and asks you to help decide which one to get.

    Hope that helps.

    Rob
    Edmunds.com product manager
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It never even asked me if I wore a mullet

    Important feedback for the hosts! :D
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,429
    I just tried this again and intentionally tried to force it to give me RWD coupes by picking coupes/hatches at the onset, up to $35k, and always picking the fastest one of the 3 choices, and always picking RWD when given that option (which only happened twice).

    You would think this would give me the Mustang, Camaro, 1-series, Genesis coupe... any of those. Nope. What do I get? Kia Forte. Followed by the Accord coupe (HUH??), Altima, and Civic.

    Genesis #5 and Camaro #6. BMW and Mustang nowhere to be found in the top 20.

    This undoubtedly needs more work.

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

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Well, if you picked RWD twice, you probably picked some other configuration more often.

    Accord V6 coupe is quick, and you said coupe at the get-go.

    I think part of our surprise is that it does not use criteria the way we're used to (driven wheels in this case), or traditional brand preference (they're not even mentioned).
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,429
    edited December 2011
    Yes, unfortunately, several times it gives you 3 options of FWD cars. I do find that to be one of the faults in the system that needs tweaking. I think drive wheels is way up there in selection criteria for all buyers. How many times have we heard "I NEED AWD" or "I can't live with FWD" or "I'm afraid of RWD"?

    I would keep brand preference out of it, though. I mean, if you know what brand you want, you don't need to use the tool anyway.

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

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Agree about driven wheels. And that's merit-based, not about satisfying a bias.

    A lot of folks also want domestic or import as well, no matter what. For this the tool is good, it cuts through that bias. It may even recommend a Korean car for fintail. LOL
  • I think I have my priority list for changes to MCM:

    1. Filter: AWD, FWD, RWD, 4WD
    2. Filter: Mullet/No Mullet

    Thanks!!
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,796
    Only if styling isn't part of the equation... :shades:
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Maybe they could show you 3 photos, and you pick your preferred styling. ;)
  • beedublubeedublu Posts: 236
    Did it pick well for you?

    Short answer: No. Not even close.

    Without repeating too much of what others have posted, in order for this tool to be useful it needs to allow excluding those things that are unacceptable (in my case, manual transmissions, rear-wheel drive). And some of the criteria are vague and confusing: "Some luxury" vs. "No luxury" are in the eye of the beholder, to some degree.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,813
    “In too many cases, people choose a car for its styling or because it is a trendy favourite,” he notes. But that implies consumers can easily ignore all the subliminal signals coming from those structures in the brain that are responsible for predicting the outcome of decisions and providing emotional rewards."

    Difference Engine: You are what you drive (The Economist)

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