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