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Surprise research results! Teens would rather have sports cars than economy cars!

Old 08-22-05, 04:00 PM
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Surprise research results! Teens would rather have sports cars than economy cars!

This came as a shock to me. No this isn't from The Onion.


Teens want Mustangs, parents say Civic

Survey: Young drivers ranked sporty cars as their top choice while parents opted for safe sedans.

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - If teens had their choice of a car, they'd take a Ford Mustang, according to a recent poll. But parents put the Mustang at the bottom of the list of cars they'd want for their kids.

An on-line poll administered by the vehicle pricing company Kelley Blue Book, showed that drivers age 16 to 25 ranked stylish vehicles such as a Mustang or a Jeep Wrangler as their top vehicle choices, while their parents preferred something more sensible, like a Toyota Corolla.

The 2000 Honda Civic ranked highly with both parents and teens. It was the top choice for parents and third choice for teens.

The 2001 Mustang and the 2002 Corolla were the most polarizing cars. The Mustang was the favorite for teen drivers but ranked dead last as a car parents would want to see their kids drive.

The Corolla was the car teens least wanted to drive, but it ranked second among parents.

"Young drivers, who often are very image-conscious, prefer the sporty 'cool cars,' but parents seem more concerned with safety and practicality when it comes to having their children behind the wheel," said Jack R. Nerad, an executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

The online poll, which was conducted at Kelley Blue Book's Website, asked young drivers to rank eight used cars they would prefer to drive, while parents were asked which of those same vehicles they would pick for their children.

The poll had respondents choose from a list of used vehicles priced at about $10,000. Overall, 399 parents and 509 young drivers took the poll. Only in-market used car shoppers were surveyed, said Robin Eckard, a spokeswoman for Kelley Blue Book. The survey has an estimated two- to three-percent margin of error, she said.

The top choice among kids was the 2001 Ford Mustang, receiving 27 percent of the votes, followed by the 2000 Jeep Wrangler and 2000 Honda Civic. The 2000 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2000 Acura Integra ranked fourth and fifth respectively, while the 2000 Ford Explorer and 2000 Toyota Tacoma took sixth and seventh place. The 2002 Toyota Corolla was ranked last, getting only three percent of the votes among young drivers.

Parents, on the other hand, ranked the 2000 Honda Civic as their first choice for their kids, earning top choice among 23 percent of the parents polled. The 2002 Toyota Corolla and 2000 Toyota Tacoma followed as the second and third most-popular choices, while the 2000 Acura Integra and 2000 Explorer took fourth and fifth place. The 2000 Volkswagen Jetta and 2001 Mustang ranked sixth and seventh respectively, while the Jeep Wrangler received the lowest ranking with only five percent of parents' votes for top car.
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I thought for sure that this would be a government study. I am shocked that my tax dollars were not diverted for this.
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But Civics come with that mAd TiTe VTEC yO!!!11
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All we have to do is tell teens to "abtain" from sports cars, and we can instantly wipe this insanity from their minds. After all, nobody listens to an authority figure saying "No" more willingly than a teenager.
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Kids never consider the practicle aspects of a car such as trunk space.

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Old 08-22-05, 04:23 PM
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I'll start driving a Mustang and kill the appeal of it for kids.
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Let them pay for their own gas. Things would change.
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I'll believe this when I start believing kids like the last day of school better than the first day.
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What is matter? You mattering for what? Camry? Is OK is like sports car, like astronauts, my friend. You get Camry, you make yellow OK? Is like the racings on TV for the kids. They go fast, vroom, vroom, you get all you need. Why drugs or family I dunno, but man, listen to this BS: Sportscars is cost MORE for the insurance. (upside down)?El seguro, comprende? Man you pay much much, like $100 or $200 or even hundreds of DOLLARS just because you get ladies for the car, just walking up to you, how's it going sport, want a date, etc. more more.

For what? For big race? For towels being thrown when winning? For the sweet taste of the wine they put on you when you are MORE POWERFUL than all the others on the circle? Winner's circle. Give me some sun anyday man, that's econom for you. Plus, the gas and the Iraq, it makes it more a lot a lot, a lot MORE to make for the gas. Too much.
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i hope they didn't spend too much time putting together this survey...
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Old 08-23-05, 01:34 AM
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Well, I'm a teen, and I sure as hell would rather have an economy car than a lame sports car that is too small for me anyway.

For school I had to do one of those surveys for a class about our favorite this and thats, and for my dream car I put "A car that will never break down."
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you can't talk to me like that. i drive a dodge stratus
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Old 08-23-05, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Lemdog
Let them pay for their own gas. Things would change.
How about let them pay for their own insurance on a stand alone policy with any of the major companies AND pay for gas/tires/brakes/repairs/tickets on a sports car with over 300hp
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