Comment 2990

By appalbarry (registered) - website | Posted January 17, 2007 at 20:18:33

I would argue that this matrix really needs to consider a couple of other factors.

The first is the very real question of the overall driveability of a car. There are cars that almost become an extension of the driver, making careful and precise actions easy and reliable.

I compare that to a dreadful little Hyundai that I rented that made it feel as if I was fighting the car every inch of the way.

Yes, driveability is a safety issue.

So, I'll argue, is comfort, especially the seating. If the reason that you are buying a car is because you make long trips, then a good supportive seat makes you more alert and more focused on your driving.

If your back aches after twenty minutes, or you can never get the heat and cooling where you needed it, or if the dimmer switch is in some odd place that's never quite where your hand is, well you're going to have problems driving safely.

Ride quality and noise are not "subjective." They are quite measurable, and both reflect safety and comfort considerations that should not be ignored.

Finally, it has been my experience that cars with a red paint job are MUCH better than all others.

Barry

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