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  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,890
    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 :shades:
  • michaellmichaell Posts: 4,300
    Plugged in my preferences, and the #1 recommendation was .... wait for it ....

    Honda CR-Z!

    (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.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,068
    ...and it recommended the Jaguar XF as my number one suggestion followed by a BMW 5-Series and an Infiniti G37. :confuse: The Cadillac DTS was at number 5! :surprise:
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,889
    OK... so #1 is a 2-seat hybrid and #3 is a gas-guzzling sportwagon. Yeah, makes perfect sense. :confuse:

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    14 mpg on premium? I hope you have a gas card with rebates.

    Or maybe you don't drive as many miles as I do. We road trip a lot, so my 2 cars probably do 16-18k miles/year. I'm on a first name basis with every gas station in MD.

    I'd love diesel range, but diesel cost is KILLER here in MD, $4.20 vs. $3.44 at the same station. :sick:
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I already theorized that

    You did but I was sort of asking the hosts if that's indeed one of the inputs for their model.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,921
    Sorry, don't know the details of the algorithm. I do know it's not ad driven.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Straight up bribe-driven, then?

    That's a joke. :P
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,890
    I don't do a huge mileage. I live close to work and can actually walk to many amenities. And I do have the Costco Amex too.

    Around here diesel seems to pace the price of premium gas. For something like an E class which needs it, that makes the price a non-issue.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    If I drove your car at my mileage pace, the Costco gas rebate alone would equal the GDP of a small country. :D
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,921
    Hey look, a new Soul just arrived at the front door with a big bow on it.

    Cool. Wonder who this Blagojevich marketing guy is that signed the thank you card? :shades:
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,890
    If you drive on the highway, it's fine - 25mpg in interstate crusing, beats a lot of more boring and of course slower cars.

    If this "tool" is actually based on Edmunds customer ratings, I can't see how it would suggest an Alpina B7, those are pretty rare, just above flying pigs but below hens teeth :shades:
  • colin_lcolin_l Posts: 591
    My father-in-law drives a 1992 500E with a rather famous lineage. It struggles to best 18mpg on the highway and 15 in town, but you couldn't pry it away from him.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Blagojevich is in jail, at least. :lemon:
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I use the Miata in the city, the van for trips and getting the car pools around.

    Funny thing is the giant 8 seater with the 3.5l V6 averages more than the tiny 2 liter two seat roadster.

    I take full irresponsibility for my driving. :shades:
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,890
    I think there's a lot at play - maybe gear ratios etc. My old C43 AMG got worse mileage on the highway than the E55 and barely better in town - with smaller displacement, less weight, and less power. My old W126 S-class, an I6 not much older than that 500E, got much less mpg on the highway and it had just over half the hp of the E55.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,890
    How often does the van see redline? :shades:
  • kathyc2kathyc2 Posts: 159
    entertaining but very little value. I think it would be better if it asked for 1-10 ratings about how important the various items (drive type, luxury, technology, MPG and cost) are.

    Interesting that it comes up my highest criteria is MPG, when I didn't even look at the ratings when choosing vehicles. It also seems that it gives high importance to the vehicles at the top of the price specified.

    That said, it was nice that the 5 I just bought always came at the top or near top, along with various Infiniti, Volvo, Audi and MB models.
  • Hi

    Sorry I'm late arriving in this conversation. I'm the product manager behind the My Car Match tool on Edmunds. I thought I'd spell out the things that drive the recommendations:

    1. Objective data from Edmunds. Things like MPG, 0-60 time, sales volume, head room, leg room, etc.

    2. Subjective data from consumers. We have an ongoing online survey that measures what people think about cars in terms of luxury, sportiness, and appearance.

    3. Magic...OK, that's an exaggeration, but we have some pretty smart people who have created an algorithm that takes all that data, combines it with the choices you make as you pick between 3 vehicles, and then puts every car in order according to our best prediction of your preferences.

    So sorry, no bribes or advertising here. But I will give you a few possible reasons you see things that don't make sense:

    A. When you choose which body types (sedan, hatchback, etc.) that completely limits you to those types. So if you choose SUVs and Trucks only, MCM will look at the world as though only SUVs and Trucks exist. That's why you might see 19 MPG have a lot of stars next to it, because for a Truck, that's not bad. Also, if you choose all the body types or a weird combination like convertibles and trucks, MCM will have a harder time predicting your preferences.

    B. The MCM nearly ignores brand (make) preferences. You'll notice that when you're choosing between 3 cars, we don't show the brand. It's because we'd have to ask you a lot more of those questions to figure out which brands you prefer and in what order. So instead we put a brand filter on the results page. If you care a lot about certain brands, you can filter for them there, but your list will still be in the order of your predicted preferences. We're working on some back-end tweaking that will take brand more into account. And no, it doesn't involve bribes or advertising.

    C. This tool was not designed to tell you your one perfect car. It's more for people who are just starting their search and want a list of 10 or 15 cars to start from. I've never met anyone who honestly took the MCM and they didn't at least see a couple of cars they'd consider in their top 10 results.

    D. We're still working on it... I know that's a lame excuse, but we don't have unlimited resources and you'll note that the MCM is one of very few pages that has no advertising at all. So it's somewhat of a labor of love. I hope we'll be able to expand it and implement some of the great suggestions I've seen on these and other forums. Number one on that list is to let you tweak your preferences once we've made our prediction. But those things take time and money and since I hope I've convinced you we're not taking bribes, I hope everyone will be patient.

    Wow, this got a little windy. If anyone made it this far, thanks for reading. I'm also happy to answer other specific questions about the tool. So fire away.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I was just kidding about the bribes part.

    You're sure, right?


    Who filled out the surveys? Existing Edmunds members, visitors, or a random sample? Just curious, really.
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