surveys

Why do people buy SUVs, and why do 76% of shoppers avoid them?
Why do people buy SUVs, and why do 76% of shoppers avoid them?

Here's an interesting irony: according to J.D. Power's 2017 Auto Avoider Study, just 24 percent of U.S. consumers shopped for SUVs last year, and yet SUVs accounted for 42 percent of all vehicles sold, up from 34 percent in 2012. Why are SUVs so popular now? And why have 76 percent of consumers...Read More»

2016 Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S is the most-loved car in America

How much do you love your new car? And just as importantly, what do you love about it? That's the kind of data that marketing firm Strategic Vision tries to gather for its Customer Love Index. Strategic Vision polls thousands of Americans about their recently purchased cars. Over the past decade...Read More»

2017 Buick Envision
Buick, Porsche are tops in J.D. Power sales satisfaction survey

Have you bought a new car lately? How satisfied were you with the process? If you drove home a Buick or Porsche, you're likely to say "very satisfied", according to a new study from J.D. Power. The study in question is the 2016 Sales Satisfaction Index, which "measures the ability of dealerships to...Read More»

Bumper sticker car parked in Santa Cruz, California (via Flickr user richardmasoner)
Whose supporters are the rudest to other drivers: Trump's or Clinton's?

It's happened to all of us recently: you're driving along, trying not to think about the contentious upcoming election, when you notice a bumper sticker on the car in front of you, emblazoned with the name of your least favorite candidate. What do you do? If you're like most people, you choke down...Read More»

Drunk driving poll from Alcoholic.org
Who drives drunk? Gen X guys from the Midwest

The holiday season is almost here, and with it comes an abundance of holiday parties overflowing with boozy beverages. We all know that those situations can increase the likelihood of someone driving drunk, but which people are the most likely to do so? The folks at Alcoholic.org--a privately owned...Read More»

Seatbelt usage by state
The states that do (and don't) like to use seatbelts

In 49 states and the District of Columbia, it's illegal to ride in the front seat of a car without wearing a seatbelt. In 28 of those states, back seat passengers have to buckle up, too. New Hampshire is the lone holdout, with no seatbelt law at all. But of course, just because there's a law on the...Read More»

Society of Automotive Engineers' system of rating autonomous cars (via KBB)
Interested in self-driving cars? New survey shows that consumers aren't fully onboard

If you're a fan of autonomous vehicles, Kelley Blue Book's Future Autonomous Vehicle Driver Study, has good news and bad news. (If you don't like the thought of self-driving cars, just substitute "bad" for "good" below, and vice versa.) The study was conducted in May and polled 2,264 Americans...Read More»

Google's Self-Driving Prius
Would you buy a car made by Google? Our poll results

A week ago, we reported on a new survey from TECHnalysis Research. It revealed that a majority of Americans would consider purchasing vehicles made by Google or Apple, if those vehicles were ever to hit the market. A few days later, we asked our Twitter followers to share their feelings about a...Read More»

Apple car conceived by children's book author Richard Scarry
Would you buy a car made by Apple? Our poll results

Yesterday, we told you about a new survey gauging the public's interest in cars that might be made by tech firms like Apple and Google. The results were a little surprising, so we decided to do some further research. The initial survey was carried out by TECHnalysis, and it revealed that consumers...Read More»

Google Self-Driving Car Prototype
Survey: A majority of Americans would be interested in cars from Google & Apple

Automakers, pay attention: a new survey suggests that more than half of U.S. consumers would be interested in cars developed by tech giants Google and Apple. The survey was conducted by TECHnalysis Research, which polled 1,000 Americans who (a) currently own a vehicle and (b) plan to purchase...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion concept, 2015 Consumer Electronics Show
No surprise: luxury owners more likely to let autonomous cars do the driving

How excited are you about self-driving cars? According to one new study, your feelings about tomorrow's autonomous vehicles may depend on what you drive today. The study was conducted by research firm MaritzCX, which spent much of the summer asking 12,353 vehicle owners to share their feelings...Read More»

Teen driver
Chevrolet study reveals driving--not sex or drugs--worries parents most

Once upon a time, America's youth were in trouble--or so ABC wanted us to believe. From 1972 to 1997, the network's Afterschool Special series tackled a range of problems plaguing young people, including discrimination, disabilities, drinking, dating, drugs, death, and the 1970's scariest "D-word"...Read More»

American Customer Satisfaction Index (August 2016)
Lincoln, Honda, Toyota, BMW are tops in customer satisfaction (Acura, VW not so much)

Over the past few years, car owners have become increasingly dissatisfied with their vehicles. But a new study from the American Customer Satisfaction Index suggests that for most automakers, consumer sentiment has made a turn for the better. ACSI's 2016 Automobile Report polled 3,776 auto...Read More»

Texting in traffic (by Flickr user Mo Riza)
Would you buy a car on your smartphone? Many Americans would

Love them or hate them, there's no denying that smartphones make life easier for many of us. Need a ride? Book it on Uber. Want to skip the line at the cinema? Open an app and grab some quick tickets. Shocked to see that your beloved new videogame costs $60 in the big box store? Haul out your...Read More»

Gas Gauge
Study: Nearly 4 out of 5 American support higher fuel economy rules

For the past month or so, the Environmental Protection Agency has been making headlines over its proposal to lower the fuel economy standards it had set for 2025. The EPA won't sign off on any changes to its plan until 2018, though, and in the meantime, at least one group is pushing it to...Read More»

Frame from 'Benefits of Price Competition' video, by National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA)
Survey: nearly 2/3 of American consumers think auto dealerships are unethical

This may come as a shock, but many people think that car salespeople are dishonest. A recent Gallup poll ranked nurses, pharmacists, and doctors among the most-trusted professions, but car salespeople landed at the bottom of the list, tied with telemarketers and members of Congress. Only lobbyists...Read More»

Tesla Autopilot sensor system
Tesla Autopilot crash didn't dramatically change opinions about autonomous cars

On May 7, 2016, the driver of a Tesla Model S was killed while the car was in Autopilot mode. The story has drawn massive headlines, as it's the first fatality linked to autonomous vehicle technology--technology that's set to become increasingly common on new cars. Many wondered if reports of the...Read More»

2017 Kia Sorento
Kia tops JD Power's initial quality survey for 2016

Kia jumped Porsche to take the top spot in JD Power's Initial Quality Survey, the research group announced Wednesday. It was the first time the Korean automaker took the top spot, and ends a 27-year drought for non-luxury brands at the top of the list. The report rates initial quality through a...Read More»

Volvo Drive Me autonomous car pilot project in Gothenburg, Sweden
Study: Drivers growing more afraid of autonomous cars

The world is full of ironies big and small. For example: Most of the planet is covered in water that we can't drink; Many people prefer dogs to politicians, but euthanizing politicians remains illegal in most states; and of course, Autonomous cars are the Next Big Thing, but people don't seem to...Read More»

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