Greater gas mileage, better performance


According to a recent study by, the most popular things people look for in their next car are better gas mileage and better performance.


A recent study conducted by asked respondents to choose from a list of 10 reasons for buying their next car. According to this survey, the most popular reasons for buying their next car include:


  • Better Gas Mileage: Tied for first place was the desire for better gas mileage. This is not completely surprising, given the recent increases in gasoline prices. However, the finding does appear to run counter to the other factor tied for first place — the desire for better performance (acceleration and handling). Typically, higher performance cars have worse gas mileage. It appears that online auto consumers want to have it all — better performance and better gas mileage.

  • Better Performance: Also tied for first place was the desire for better performance with fast acceleration, tight cornering and responsive braking. This apparent conflict in goals might be surmountable, given the advent of hybrid technology. Some manufacturers have developed hybrid muscle cars like the Lexus GS 450h, which has strong acceleration and surprisingly good gas mileage. The Lexus GS 450h accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in about six seconds, but gets 7.8 L/100 km (36 mpg) in highway driving.

  • Other Findings: New technology is not a factor in buying: One surprising finding was that new technology (GPS, mapping, Bluetooth phone support, etc.) did not receive many votes.

Only seven per cent of responses cited new technology as a reason to buy a new car.


Survey Results

Answers ranked by votes:% of total votes

  • Looking for better gas mileage:14%

  • Want a car with better performance:14%

  • Existing car needed too many repairs:11%

  • Exterior styling (colour, wheels, etc.):11%

  • Too many miles on existing car:10%

  • Interior styling (leather seats, etc.):10%

  • New safety features (ABS, traction control, etc):9%

  • Need more seating/storage:8%

  • New technology (GPS, Bluetooth, etc.):7%

  • Need another car for the family:6%