The annual U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings came out today, which got me thinking about how the process of choosing a new vehicle is not so different from selecting a college. A decision is preceded by dozens of questions—conscious or otherwise. How important is a brand name? What kind of return will I get from this investment? What can I expect from the experience—community, fun, prestige?
The stakes for choosing a college are arguably higher. And with hindsight being 20/20, I know there are quite a few people who would rethink their choice of college if they could (although I’m sure wherever you went was the “Harvard of the West, Arizona, Southern Florida”).
So if you happen to be in the market for a new car, here’s a chance to (sort of) make up for some of the errors of your youth.
See how U.S. News ranked the top college in five different categories and the auto manufacturer with similar brand attributes.
Best National University: Princeton
Selected for their comprehensive programs—a full range of undergraduate majors, and master's and Ph.D. programs—these colleges are also committed to groundbreaking research.
Any of the top-tier luxury vehicles could easily be high on the list, but... Read more