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How Practical is Your Car?

Now that we all know how OPPO are cars are (or in my case how oppo my cars aren’t) I’d like to try something a little different. Having a quirky car, a fast car, or something different is nice, but what about those of us who need a little practicality in our lives? Being an automotive enthusiast doesn’t mean you can only like super cars, exotics, or sports cars. I appreciate those cars for the engineering marvels that they are, but I still prefer cars that are useful in our everyday lives. How does your car add up?

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Mazda5: 410 points. It’s a minivan.
Image: Jay, the practical enthusiast
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1: Engine

Rotary: - 42 points

8-Cylinder or larger: -50 points

6-Cylinder: 25 points

5-Cylinder: 26 points

4-Cylinder: 50 points

3-Cylinders or less: 22 points

Hybrid: 75 points

Electric: 100 points

1.b: More engine

Carburetor: -100 points

Diesel (if more fuel efficient than gas option): 10 points

Diesel (if less fuel efficient than gas option): - 10 points

If no gas option: 0 points

2: Aspiration

Turbo returning worse fuel economy than NA option: -20 points

Turbo returning better fuel economy than NA option: 20 points

NA returning worse fuel economy than Turbo option: -15 points

NA returning better fuel economy than Turbo option: 15 points

If no comparison engine: 0 points

3: Body Style

0-doors: -40 points

2-doors: -35 points

3-doors: 10 points

4-doors: 35 points

5-doors: 55 points

3.b: Bonus Points

Truck: 15 points

Hatchback: 25 points

SUV: 30 points

Wagon: 35 points

Van (all sizes including mini): 50 points

Motorcycle: 5 points

Moped: 25 points

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Outback: 373 points. Standard features like heated seats and mirrors helped, fuel economy hurt.
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4: Wheels Driven

Rear-wheel drive: -10 points

Front-wheel drive: 15 points

All-wheel drive: 16 points

4-wheel drive: 12 points

5: Engine Location

Doesn’t matter unless:

Makes the car more fuel efficient (location optimized for less drag for example): 5 points

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Increases the interior volume (cab-over minivan for example or front-wheel drive that allows for a flat floor): 15 points

6: Transmission

Auto returning better fuel economy than manual: 10 points

Auto returning worse fuel economy than manual: 5 points

Manual returning better fuel economy than auto: 15 points

Manual returning worse fuel economy than auto: 0 points

Bonus:

Auto with better performance than manual: 10 points

If no option: 0 points

7: Country of Origin (Home Country of Automaker, not factory location)

Japan: 20 points

Korea: 19 Points

Sweden: 10 points

America: 2 points

Australia: 1 point

France: 0 points

Germany: -15 points

Britain: -20 points

Italy: -25 points

Eastern Bloc: -30 points

India: -40 points

Other: -41 points

Final Assembly in country other than origin: -5 points

8: Horsepower

0-100 hp: 15 points

101 – 200 hp: 50 points

201 – 330 hp: 25 points

331 hp or more: -50 points (unless fuel economy is 30 mpg or greater, then add 50 points)

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9: Age

5 years or newer: 20 points

6 – 20 years old: 10 points

21 – 30 years old: 5 points

31 – 45 years old: 0 points

46 years or older: -20 points

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Prius: 415 points. It’s a Prius, of course it was going to score high.
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10: Fuel Economy (Actual or EPA rated, your choice)

51 mpg or more: 100 points (50 point bonus if not hybrid or electric)

40 – 50 mpg: 75 points

30 – 39 mpg: 50 points

25 – 29 mpg: 25 points

20 – 24 mpg: 15 points

15 – 19 mpg: -5 points

14 mpg or less: -50 points

11: Cup holders

0: -100 points

1: 1 point

2: 15 points

3: 16 points

4: 20 points

5: 25 points

6 or more: 35 points

Highlander: 368 points. The low scorer in the group has 8 cup holders and a lot of options.
Highlander: 368 points. The low scorer in the group has 8 cup holders and a lot of options.
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12: Other (Bonus Points)

Sliding doors: 25 points

Power windows: 5 points

Remote power door locks: 5 points

Power driver’s seat: 7 points

Power passenger seat: 3 points

Air conditioning: 40 points

Dual zone climate control: 30 points (in addition to A/C points)

Heated seats: 20 points

Heated side mirrors: 15 points

Remote start: 10 points

Massaging seats: 50 points

Folding rear seats: 20 points

Seats fold flat to make a bed: 30 points

Video entertainment system for the kids: 30 points

Under seat storage: 15 points

Optional Safety (lane departure, etc.): 15 points

Point Key:

Negative Points: Yeah, you drive an insanely cool car, impractical, but we’re all a little jealous anyway.

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0 points: How with all these options and variables could you end up with exactly zero points?

1 – 100: It’s a start but there are better options out there.

101 – 200: You’re trying to balance practicality with other needs.

201 – 300: Passengers love riding in your Civic.

301 – 400: Modern luxury SUVs are fantastic.

401 or more: Minivans and Priuses are awesome, aren’t they?

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