Performance cars were predominant in this week’s new cars section including products from the U.S., Korea and Japan.
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Affordability was the common thread through the most popularly researched cars in AutoGuide.com’s new cars section this week.
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All are imports but one among the most researched new cars in AutoGuide.com’s list this week.
All the hard work has paid off, as Amy Tokic picks a replacement for her 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier and brings home a Volkswagen Eos. To catch up on the Going Topless series, check out the full archive of Going Topless stories.
I had a weekend to make up my mind about the 2008 Eos. Yes, it’s “used” but “Certified Pre Owned” doesn’t sound so bad. And by all accounts it looked and felt new.
It’s been about 12 years since I’ve been in a dealership – and my dad was with me. I have to admit, I was a little nervous heading into the car dealership on my own (perhaps the two cups of coffee before I left weren’t such a great idea). It also helped that I was well prepared before even setting foot into the dealership.
One of the worst parts of shopping for a new car is sitting at the dealership for hours on end, dealing with car sales people and finance managers. What few people know is that you can actually have your new car delivered to your home, expediting the process and making it convenient to you.
When it comes to car shopping, it turns out that men have quite a bit to learn from women. And no, it’s not because women, for the most part, love shopping – according to recent studies, it’s because they do their homework, ask questions and are more level-headed.
“Men tend to rely on what is assumed they know and what they believe they know,” said Sergio Stiberman, chief executive and founder of LeaseTrader.com. “When women approach car shopping, they believe in the importance of asking all the necessary questions, even if they think they might know the answers.”
It seems that to men, buying a car is a game – they revel in beating the car salesman at their own game. Women, on the other hand, have no interest in playing this game. They go in with research in hand and tend to be more concerned with a vehicle’s safety and reliability features, rather than how fast it can go from 0 to 60 mph.
The LeaseTrader.com analysis reports that 95 percent of women said during the shopping process, safety performance was their biggest issue, while 94 percent were concerned about the incident history of the vehicle. Men had other things on their minds – 83 percent said driving performance was a chief concern, followed by engine performance at 75 percent.
When it comes to looks, it’s no surprise that about 74 percent of men said aesthetics were important, ranking number three on the list of vehicle must-haves. Not so much for women – aesthetics only made it to number nine, with 46 percent of women citing it as an important factor.
As well, women are concerned about the quality of a vehicle. When buying an older model, women order vehicle inspections 67percent of the time, compared to 55 percent of men.
What do you think of these results? Do you think women are more car-shopping savvy than men? Leave us your thoughts in the comments section below.
[Source: MSN Money]
The Honda Accord was the most researched new car by consumers in 2010 according to new internal data released by Kelly Blue Book (KBB).
Honda also took the second spot with the Civic, while the Toyota Camry placed third. The Accord, Civic and Camry have all placed in KBB’s top five since 2004.
Rounding out the top five are another Honda, the CR-V, in fourth, while the fifth place finisher is new to the list – the Hyundai Sonata. The new Sonata has been a tremendous success for Hyundai, bringing the car to the top five from 29th place last year.
Other big changers for 2010 include the Ford Mustang, up eight spots to number eight, the Toyota Sienna, up seven places to number 11 and the Chevrolet Equinox, up seven spots to 13.
Big losers in 2010 in include the Toyota Corolla which dropped nine spots to number 14, the Prius, down nine spots to 17 and the Chevy Camaro, down seven places to 19th.
Along with this data, KBB also released info on the five brands with the most interest among consumers. Despite Honda vehicles taking three of the top five most researched vehicle spots, as a brand Honda finished second with 11.4 percent of consumer interest. First was Toyota with 13.4 percent of consumer interest, while the remainder of the list is made up of Ford, Chevrolet and Nissan.
Hit the jump for the full list of the Top 10 Most-Researched New Vehicles in 2010: