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So you're trying to choose between a new Altima and a Civic for your next car. Naturally you Google them both to check out their specifications and features. But it turns out that you can get most of the important numbers without clicking on a single link. Today Google pulled the wraps off of a new addition to Search's Knowledge Graph both on the web and on mobile: car stats.

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Search for a car make, model, and year, and you can get the basic information in a pop-up card or side column, including MSRP, horsepower, city and highway MPG, and various engine, trim, and option levels. (For some cars you don't even need the make.) It even breaks down the price for the most popular models. The company link is another Google search, because if they want an ad they'll pay for it, but the basic info is pretty great for someone who wants an at-a-glance look at some of the options available.

At present the information isn't very comprehensive, and it seems focused on new cars only: the added information pops up when I search for "2013 Ford F 150" and 2014 Ford F 150," but not for 2012 or any of the years immediately before that. The selection of new models seems to be a little spotty too, and it doesn't necessarily follow for the popularity of the vehicle in question. For example, I can see the new info for "2013 Jaguar XJ" and "2013 Nissan Murano," but not "2013 Hyundai Santa Fe" or "2013 Lamborghini Murcielago." Here's hoping that Google expands its parameters soon.

Source: Google Plus

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

    Next up: license plate information!

    No longer would we need separate apps for those minor searches, yet sometimes they may be very useful.

  • ziltoid

    YEAH BOY GOOGLES GOT CARDS 4 ME FORD F-150.

    HAVE A BUDWEISER ON ME, GOOGLE
    STILL WAITING FOR NASCAR, GUNS AND BARBECUE CARDS

    • Raloc

      google once again helpin me crib all the pussy on the block with these manly as fuck ford f150 cards

    • John Smith

      SuperCrew Cab all the way to fit 2 or more girls at the same time

  • tehsouthpaw

    No '03 Alero? Tsk tsk

  • Ali

    Production of the MurciƩlago ended in 2010. Just saying.

    • Matt

      Yeah, the Aventador showed up fine, as did the Gallardo.

  • usaff22

    Update 10:30am: This feature is available on google.com in the U.S.

  • usaff22

    They posted later:
    Update 10:30am: This feature is available on google.com in the U.S.

    • Colin Richardson

      'cause... you know.. people in other countries don't do car searches.

  • fredric

    I have 6 Altimas (two of them are V6) and I assure you it's the most fantastic car you could need.
    Feel free to say thanks for saving your time ; )

    • Kcls

      Why do you have 6 of the same model car?! My family has 2 X5's but 6 is pretty excessive!

      • fredric

        3 of them 2005, one 2007 and two 2010.
        Very good milage, above average performance (even on 2.5 engines) and spacey and luxurious interior.

        I've tested many other cars but this one left the best impression of them all (price-wise included).

        • Alexei Watson

          That was a great explanation for why to buy one singular vehicle. I'm sure you have your reasons for six of them, nothing jumping at me though. Company perhaps?

    • FrillArtist

      What do you need six cars for? I'm not bashing you, just curious.

  • Alicia

    nice.........

  • angusparvo

    I"m not seeing anything like this in Google searches.

  • http://techsym.com/ cubanresourceful

    Yes, this is pretty awesome. Hopefully, they keep on adding more info to the "Big Data" db of theirs. Worked for searching "camaro". Pretty sweet. Now, what they need to do is do a "vs" card view, where I can put in a search "camaro vs mustang" and both cards come up (this will help to easily compare basic specs of cars).

    Now, they gotta add some more info though (curb weight, torque, etc etc etc). ;D

    • fixxmyhead

      hahaha thats what i searched earlier. love my camaro :)

      • http://techsym.com/ cubanresourceful

        Hell yeah man. Camaro all the way! :D

        • fixxmyhead

          Damn straight! I'm addicted to watching the motor trend videos on YouTube. Was watching them earlier

          • http://techsym.com/ cubanresourceful

            I used to have an '02 myself, but some jerk running a right turn lane totaled it. :( Now I am keeping an eye out for a '02 anniversary edition or a nice 1980's. Of course, if a '69 were to appear....

  • FrillArtist

    "2013 Lamborghini Murcielago"

    There is no 2013 Lamborghini Murcielago. Try searching for the 2013 Lamborghini Aventador.

  • Waiting since 2 years

    No formula 1 cards....

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