Can We Guess Your Current Car?

By: Zoe Samuel

Can We Guess Your Current Car?
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About This Quiz

The car is one of the great iconic features of American life. Even people who don't have one — or who do have one but hardly ever use it — know exactly what sort of vehicle they'd like to have. Cars are not just about the chassis, the tires, the panels and the engine. They're about freedom, fashion, power and safety, and getting from A to B in comfort and style. What you drive says something about who you are, who you want to be, and where you're going — literally.

Some people want a car that is flashy, powerful and demands attention. Others prefer a vehicle that is understated, well-built and classy. Most people want as much car as they can get for their money, subject to sensible considerations like fuel economy, crash test safety rating and whether they can fit their whole family into it. 

How you choose your car is a combination of practicality, budget, lifestyle, work requirements and the area where you live. If you are fortunate enough to have good public transport, you can afford to be a little more flexible, but generally speaking, you're going to make this decision as much with your head as your heart. Tell us about yours, and we'll figure out what you're driving!

How much do you love your family?
More than anything.
Isn't it enough I pay for their health insurance?
I'm leaving them something in my will.
I work my butt off for them.

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How much do you blend in?
I stand out just enough.
I blend in like a ninja.
I stand out like a powdered wig.
It depends on the setting.

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How aspirational are you?
A bit.
Not at all.
Very much so.
For a certain kind of person.

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How rough are your hands?
Not too rough.
I have a corn on them. How do you get a corn on your hands?!
Smooth as silk.
As tough as saddle leather.

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Do you appreciate clean, Scandinavian design?
That's my jam.
That sounds unnecessary.
I prefer the classic look.
I don't care about looks, just capability.

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Do you drive something cheap?
No, but it's not ostentatious.
Maybe.
Absolutely not.
No, but I could have pushed up the price with options.

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Is your car something you are proud of?
Yes, because it's a statement of taste.
No. It's just a means to an end.
Yes, it's a badge of my extreme success.
Yes, because it's a Calvinist trophy.

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How much stuff could you pack into your vehicle?
Enough for a long family vacation.
Enough for a short family vacation.
Enough for a luxurious weekend away.
Enough to build a house.

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Can your vehicle take a hit?
It could survive anything. Well, it might die, but I'll survive.
If you dented every part of it, no one would notice.
It had better take a hit, given how much I paid for it.
Yes, it's very survivable, so long as I don't mess up the frame.

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How important is safety to you?
That's the No. 1 thing for me.
As long as it has airbags, I'm happy.
I want a lot of steel between me and the rest of the world.
Pretty important. I need to see everything.

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How important is reliability to you?
Pretty important.
It's all I care about.
I can afford to have more than one car.
It's the most important thing to me, at work.

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How important is comfort to you?
I need really comfortable seats.
I don't care if the car is basically a hairshirt on wheels.
I need everything to put me at ease.
I just need the basics.

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How important is power to you?
I need just enough power to never worry on an on-ramp.
I don't care about power.
I need power that swells like a tide.
I need all the torque in the world.

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What kind of sports car would you drive, given the chance?
A Polestar 1.
A Toyota GT86.
A BMW M1.
A 2005 Ford GT.

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How important is your car's infotainment system to you?
It's the most important thing in the car. It's what I'll be looking at all the time.
Pah. I have a phone.
So long as I can play some nice music, I'm happy.
It had better have a lot of cameras on it.

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Which is more important to you, your car's purchase price or its running costs?
The running costs.
Both should be low.
Neither.
Just the purchase cost.

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Do you appreciate little, well-thought out details?
Only if they make a tangible difference to my life.
No. Cars are meant to be transportation, not amusement parks.
Yes, because it's what I've paid for.
Only if those details are floodlight switches.

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Should your vehicle be light on its toes?
It should be able to move, for its weight.
I don't care.
No, it should be like a battleship.
It should move like a butterfly, even if it's basically an ox.

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How important is your vehicle's reputation to you?
That's a big deal. I need to know what I'm getting into.
I don't care so long as it has a low sticker price.
It's not much what I think, but what others think.
I just need something with a well-deserved rep for capability.

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Would you ever consider a hybrid?
I own one!
I would consider it.
Only if I'm not sacrificing my experience.
Only if I don't sacrifice power or weight.

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Do you like to let the wind into your car?
No, I want to be contained.
No, I just want to get to my destination and get out.
From time to time, yes.
Only if my dog is with me.

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Would you let a dog into your car?
In the back, sure.
No! Then I'll have to clean it out.
Yes, I'll just have my man clean up after it.
Sure! Next to me, in the back, wherever — I don't mind.

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Would you take your car on a long road trip?
Yes, it's so good for that.
No, it would be like long, slow torture.
I would, but then what would be the point of my private jet?
I'd take it to the moon.

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Do you commute by car?
Only to the train station.
Yes, and I hate it.
Yes, but I don't drive when I commute.
Yes, because I work out of it.

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Who do you usually have with you?
My kids.
No one.
My chauffeur.
My team.

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How many people can you pack into your car?
7
5
4
2

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How high tech is your car?
Bleeding edge.
Basic.
It's not about the tech, it's about the usability.
Fairly high tech.

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If you pulled up at the drive-through, would you get a reaction?
The person in the window would have to look up.
They might think I'm there to rob the joint.
They would probably want a selfie with me.
I'd blend in.

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Do you consider your car a status symbol?
It's more of a taste indicator.
Unfortunately, yes.
Fortunately, yes.
No, but it says something about my profession.

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Is your car a business expense?
No, but that's fine.
No, I wish it were so.
On my taxes? Yeah!
Of course. It's essential to my job.

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