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Editors' / Consumers' Most Wanted Vehicles

CarMan@EdmundsCarMan@Edmunds Posts: 38,518
edited March 21 in Nissan
Hi everyone. Each year, the Edmunds.com editors gather to ponder that eternal question, "What cars or trucks would we most want to park in our garage?" For the 2004 model year our editors have once again scoured the entire automotive spectrum looking for their favorite vehicles. What they've came up with are the Edmunds.com Editors' Most Wanted cars and trucks for 2004. Click here to check out the vehicles that they have chosen: Editors' Most Wanted Vehicles for 2004. Please feel free to use the following discussion to give your opinion on Edmunds.com's choices and to list which vehicles you believe should have made the list and why. Thanks.

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  • How much did reliability factor into the editors choices?
  • landru2landru2 Posts: 638
    The Explorer as an Edmunds editors choice? Over the Pilot? *gasp*

    The Focus at the top of the heap at Consumer Reports? Over the Civic? *double gasp* Along with a recommendation of the Escape and Explorer?
    http://www.detnews.com/2003/autosinsider/0311/04/c01-315932.htm
  • Hi prodigalsun. I was not personally involved in the selection process so I unfortunately do not know any more about what factors were taken into account in these selections than what is stated in the article.

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  • from reading it, sounds like the choices were made primarily on the fun/amenities factor, more so than reliability.
  • mirthmirth Posts: 1,212
    ...seen a car-related site or mag (apart from CR) select a car based even in part on the reliability. That sort of thing factors into their long-term reviews, but I've never seen it in any of their comparos.
  • For comparos, I agree. I guess I saw this as kind of a recommendation to buy list, which it probably isn't. when recommending to purchase, I'd hope that was a consideration.
  • mirthmirth Posts: 1,212
    ...did they recommend the Passat over the Accord? I agree it should be a factor for recommendations though.
  • landru2landru2 Posts: 638
    they like it better than an Accord.

    Or maybe they're just crazy.
  • I love those guys!
  • dbgindydbgindy Posts: 351
    They came around on the KIA Sorento. You could have knocked me over with a feather. I've got over 10k miles on mine with zero problems ( knock on fake wood:-).

    Duncan
  • mirthmirth Posts: 1,212
    ...I like the Passat better than the Accord, too. ;-)
  • Added bonus of buying a passat: you get to become close personal friends with Dieter and all the other mechanics at your local VW dealership, as the car will need a lot of work.
  • thelthel Posts: 767
    to see so few Hondas. No CR-V, no Odyssey? I think it is difficult for publications like Edmunds to recommend vehicles due to reliablity b/c they don't have a crystal ball to see how the car will do 4-5 years down the road. All the can report on is what the car is like here and now. Unfortunately, it's up to consumers to try to guess how reliable their new ride will be.
  • Hi everyone. I wasn't sure exactly which discussion to put this link in, but this one seems somewhat appropriate. Edmunds.com recently published a list of the most researched vehicles on this site. I thought that some of you might find it interesting. Here is a link to the piece: Edmunds.com's Most Researched Vehicles. Enjoy and please feel free to post your thoughts on the article in this discussion. Thanks.

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  • thelthel Posts: 767
    to me is that there are no surprises on that list.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,556
    maybe not a surprise, but somewhat depressing (depending on your perspective), but there was not one domestic car on the list (all the domestics were trucks or SUVs). Every passenger car was a foreign nameplate.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • pernaperna Posts: 533
    People don't buy domestic cars because they're excited about them. They buy them because they're cheap.

    I have a feeling that will change here pretty quickly, though. Domestic mfgs have finally started sinking money into their cars again, after focusing on trucks for the last 15 years.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,886
    i posted this somewhere else a little while back and got no answer. so maybe someone here can set me straight. Why does Edmunds say the Titan is "the first full-size pickup to be built by a Japanese company"?

    What is the Tundra? They are both listed as "full size" by Edmunds. Yeah, the Nissan is a little less than 7 inches longer and a little less than 6 inches higher, but the tundra is a bit wider and is not far behind at all in terms of Gross Weight. So what is all the hoopla surrounding Nissan's entry?

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

  • thelthel Posts: 767
    Many truck people seem to think that the Tundra isn't a REAL full-size pick up b/c it is smaller than the domestics.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,886
    Oh, I have no doubt. But we aren't talking about how truck people "feel" here. We're talking about Edmunds and we're talking about strict numbers.

    If Edmunds wants to change their classification of the Tundra to mid-size, then they should do so. At least then it would jive with what they are writing. I just get aggravated when everyone gets so jazzed about the newest thing and forget all about those that preceded it. I'm still waiting for the article that calls the Prius the pioneer of the Hybrids even though its just one step in the evolution.

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

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