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What People Want in Cars in 2015

Posted in Buying a Car
September 17th 2015 by
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A recent post discussed the pros and cons of buying a new or used car. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, that’s a pretty important decision you’ll need to make early on. But what about other factors?

Vehicles come in all shapes and sizes with various features available. You may be curious about what most people look for to help you determine what’s most important for you.

High Priority: Good Gas Mileage

Other than price, gas mileage is usually ranked high on the list of consideration among car buyers. Nearly half of consumers say they’ll consider alternative-energy vehicles because of this concern. This isn’t translating into sales yet, though. Alternative-energy vehicles make up only about 3% of car sales, and that has been the case since 2012.

Top concerns about purchasing these types of vehicles include:

  • Price
  • Maintenance
  • Reliability
  • Concern over new technology

If gas prices rise, it will be interesting to see how consumers’ mindsets are affected.

What Features are Must-Haves?


  • Forward-collision warning
  • Rear camera
  • Blindspot monitoring
  • Voice controls and Bluetooth


  • Power driver’s seats with height-adjustable lumbar support
  • Heated seats and steering wheel


  • USB port
  • Automatic high beams

…and the Vehicles People Regret Buying

The three vehicles that people most regret buying are: Fiat, Jeep and Chrysler. Incidentally, all three of these are owned by Fiat Chrysler.

To see the full list of rankings, click here.

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