We added a way to filter the list of cars by engine type and/or body style.
When you're browsing cars, you can click the new filter link to bring up two menus:
You can select an engine type and/or body style for that model, and click apply filter to narrow the listings on the page to just those matching cars. Here's what the menus look like:
In this example, the Honda Civic page has been limited to hybrids, so you can see averages across Civics with that type of engine. The number listed after the engine or body style type in the menu is the number of matching cars with that type of engine or style alone. (Not a combination of the two.) That might be confusing at first, but it should give you sense of the most popular engines/styles for that model.
You can also click hide filter if you have the filter menus open and you'd like them to go away.
As always, let us know here about any problems with the new filters. Thanks!
Seems kind of broken to me. With the subaru impreza, for instance, you can choose between the H4 engine, and thats it. Seems like there should be separate choices for the 2.0 Turbo H4, 2.5 Turbo H4, and 2.5 NA H4
True bomber991, it's not as detailed as it could be. We don't ask people to add that level of detail when they create an impreza. So we're exposing the level of data that we have available. We made this decision for simplicity, to get people reporting mileage faster—but I agree that having even more detail about the cars would be nice.
Great feature -- I've been anticipating this for a while! One thing it does in addition to organizing the data is reveal certain user errors (eg. reporting that your car has a "V4" engine, as several Civic owners have done).
Yeah, that's true, we knew that people using the site might not know details about their engine. That's one reason we tried to keep things extremely simple—we don't want to scare anyone away from using the site.
There is a V4 engine (that's why it's an option), but it's definitely not used in civics.