Dorifto - Thanks for your two cents. After the discussion the other round about people putting unrealistic stuff in their cars, it actually seems to have gotten better, just strictly on an honor system. For the record, the entry level cars this time around were all pretty realistically made as far as engines go. Either carbureted or SPFI. Even several upscale models were carb’ed. And nothing was really out of whack with suspension design on them either.
I’ve been using interior trim to do sorting of sedans for a bit (note: sedans… cars that are clearly sports or utility vehicles get placed in those categories automatically). Size alone can’t determine whether something is entry or upscale. Let’s go back to the 90’s for an IRL example. You could get a big old Pontiac Grand Prix with a really blah interior, basic AM/FM only radio, even crank windows… or you could get a nicely loaded BMW 3-series. Tiny compared to the GP, but also clearly above and beyond with fit and finish and comfort. The 3-series is not an entry level car, and the GP in its base trim is not an upscale car.
I admit fault for classifying his car wrong. As I’ve said already, I probably had the wrong tab in the sheet open and didn’t notice it. I’ll redouble my efforts to check before recording each individual entry. But even with standard/standard in his interior, his prestige and comfort numbers were high enough that they didn’t seem out of place in the upscale category. So even using a number threshold would not have stopped the error in this particular case.
It’s not unusual for me to get a car that does legitimately belong in two different categories, and I end up having to make a choice as to where it goes. This is usually when someone offers something that would in reality be a luxury coupe.