Our determining factor is SAFETY, which everyone seems to think the government or some magical force is watching over it for us. Mine are Safety, reliability, ergonomics, appearance and cost to run. in that order. For example, my friend with a Cavalier now knows his car is only 1 star for side-impact!! He does not care. (based on the NHTSA website) There is a high to severe chance of being crippled in this car. Now, in North America, they said on the news that they may not crash test independantly anymore! When they start doing this, you can bet that car companies will cut even more corners on safety to save more profit. I think people need to be concerned about how safe their car is!