What Decade Matches Your Car Preferences?

By: Zoe Samuel
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
What Decade Matches Your Car Preferences?
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About This Quiz

Design is as old as the first tools made by cavemen. Just about any item, be it clothes, tools, architecture or weapons can easily be recognized coming from a specific time, if not a specific place. Times change, and those changes are driven by everything from technological and science advances to aesthetic changes which can be prompted purely by accident. The powdered wig became popular when King Louis XIII began wearing one because he was going bald. Soon, men who weren't losing their hair at all were wearing powdered horse hair wigs, marking them out as coming from a specific age.

Like all other things, automobiles can be pegged as being from a specific era at but a glance. Some of this is driven by brands finding a unique design language. Some of it was driven by advances in technology that pressed certain details into specific shapes. Other changes were the result of safety regulations which forced automakers to include equipment that dictated certain characteristics, or that specific traits of vehicles exist in ways that determine style, like the height of tail lights or the distance between headlights.

If you were to detail all your opinions on cars from a variety of ages, that data could be used to triangulate your taste in cars, but more impressively, it could be used to determine which decade best fits your taste. Take this quiz, and we'll tell you what decade to travel to in your DeLorean.

What detail of a car says "safety" to you?
The badge.
A blocky shape.
The reputation of the designer.
Massive size.

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What is your favorite aerodynamic modification?
Ground effects body kit
Chin spoiler
Smooth lines
Tail spoiler

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How much horsepower do you think is usable on the road?
300
250
140
400

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Of a diesel, gas, fuel cell, or battery-powered car, which would you rather use to commute?
Fuel cell
Diesel
Battery
Gas

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Which of these kinds of windshields do you like best?
Very raked. The steeper the better.
As flat as a board.
Upright, like on a Mack truck.
Curved, like on a submarine.

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What would you consider the minimum bar for "exotic materials" in automobile manufacturing?
Gold
Carbon fiber
Aluminum
Plastic

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How many seats would you want in a family car?
5
4
3
2

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In which of these cars would you feel safest?
Volvo 740 Wagon
Saab Turbo
Fisker Karma
Maserati Quattroporte

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What is your preference as far as the size and shape of a-pillars?
Thick and safe.
As long as possible.
Set back from the windshield.
The skinnier the better.

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Which of today's "people's wagons" do you think best reflects the will of the people?
The Atlas. All hail the king.
The GTI. It remain as it always has, in a good way.
The Beetle Convertible. Party with the top down.
The Jetta GLI. It's a nice kick in the pants.

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How much would you be willing to spend on a midsize sedan meant as a family hauler, new or used?
$25K
$22K
$40K
$20K

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Which modern car feature do you like the least?
Automatic braking
Airbags
Cruise control
Backup camera

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What do you think of used cars?
The used market is full of bargains.
You can find a real winner if you look hard enough.
They're all just ripoffs.
Occasionally you'll find a good one, but mostly they're trash.

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Which of these modern SUVs is Best In Show?
Chevrolet Suburban
Nissan Titan
Lincoln Navigator
BMW X3

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Which of these 1980s sports cars remains cool today?
Lamborghini Countach
Pontiac Trans Am
DMC-12
Porsche 930 Turbo

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Which of these characteristics would attract you to look at, if not consider buying a new car?
Flowing lines.
Cool gadgets.
The look of the grille.
Torque figures.

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What was the best muscle car (not all of which were strictly "cars") of the 1970s?
Chevrolet Camaro
Ford Mustang
Dodge Macho Power Wagon
Plymouth Superbird

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Which model of hot hatch remains the hottest across the model range?
Toyota Yaris S
Lancia Delta
VW Scirocco
Mazda3 Speed

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Which of these hybrids is most likely to remain relevant in the future?
Toyota Prius
Fisker Karma
BMW i3 with range extender
BMW i8

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Which kind of door arrangement do you like the most?
Regular sedan
5-door
Suicide doors sedan
Coupe

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What kind of rearview mirror arrangement do you like the most?
Give me one huge center mirror.
I don't bother with them. I just turn on my backup camera.
I only need the one on the driver's side. I look around for the rest.
I like the mirrors further down the hood of the car.

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What paint scheme would you get for your dream car, all things being equal?
Bright orange
Color shift
All black
Racing stripes

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What is the best sound a car makes?
Turbo whine
The smart slam of a door.
The sound of the engine turning over.
The roar of the engine in neutral.

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Which of these modern Mercedes-Benz vehicles is the best reflection of the brand?
The G550. So cool.
The E 450 4Matic Wagon. Classic.
The SL. It is poetry.
The AMG GLE 63. It is obscene, in a good way.

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What kind of motorsport do you think is the most interesting, even if you don't follow it?
Formula 1
Indycar
Rallycross
NASCAR

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Which of these taillights do you think look the best?
Ferrari Testarossa
Lamborghini Reventon
Aston Martin One-77
Citroen DS

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If you had a totally average car with one high performance modification, what would that be?
Limited slip diff
Carbon-ceramic brakes
Aerodynamic bodykit
Added supercharger

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How important is luxury to you when it comes to cars in which you'll have to spend a lot of time?
It's very important, but it's not my number one condition.
I think it's a little important.
It's the most important thing to me.
I don't care about that.

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How brand loyal are you?
A bit.
Not at all.
Pretty loyal.
100%

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If you were going golfing, which of these sports cars would you want to take to the golf course?
Dodge Viper GTS because I'll use it instead of a golf cart because I'm nuts.
Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 because I want the ride home to be fun even if I lose.
MG TC Midget because I want people to think I'm old money.
Lancia Stratos, because I'd be going mini-golfing.

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