kr100_400New research from Florida State University has shown that people see human facial features in the front of automobiles and tend to agree about the personality traits that should be ascribed to the cars (thanks Heather). Want to help put it to the test?

It seems that people are very good at seeing faces in the front of cars, and therefore seeing the car as having a certain personality (press release about the research here). The headlights are perceived as eyes; the grille as mouth, etc. Certain configurations are then seen as looking especially friendly, dominant, etc..

But is this really true? To help find out, look at the picture below, and then select the ONE personality trait that you think best describes the car from the list shown in the poll. If we all tend to agree with one another then certain options should get far more votes than others.

Feel free to add your other ideas about the personality of the car in the comments box.

So, what’s the personality of this car…..



  1. That hood! Dominant. The car carries someone who definitely sees driving as more than getting from A to B without engine problems.

  2. I would have gone for devious or even evil (it’s the headlight ‘eyes’ slanting towards the central grill which does it) but that doesn’t really fit any of the options. It reminds me of the were-car in Futurama!

  3. My impression is that it basically wants to be left in peace in the garage and not taken out anywhere. As long as you let it remain inactive you’ll probably find it a friendly enough companion, but try to drive it and it’s likely to become rather grumpy.

  4. In my opinion, we relate the car’s “Facial Features” to similar faces we had encountered in the past, be it in real life or not. Then, the characteristic of that certain person the face was on became the personality of that similar face.

    Well, that’s only in my case, I don’t know about others.

    For me, honestly, the grilles looks like Hitler’s mustache and the eyes reminds me of Decepticons. Not autobots O:

  5. Voted authoritarian… because the shape of the grill did not really look too smiley, the headlights were narrow and pretty straight forward, the long bonnet makes the car seem to have a long “nose” or bridge.

    Colour has an impact to. Silver is neat, sophisticated.


  6. Voted dominant but I think the car has a bit of a complex. I think it’s pushy but only to hide the fact that it is secretly shy – the shape of the grill makes it look kind of uneasy to me.

  7. My first impulse was “inscrutable” (those headlights and that grill ‘smile’ struck me as caricature Oriental), but since that wasn’t on the list I decided ‘authoritarian’ or ‘dominant’ conveyed at least the intimidating element.

  8. Chose creative – shiny spoon reflects and distorts images – turn it over and the images change shape – can be used for a variety of purposes – checking out appearance – eating with – dry wet sticky – flicking jelly

  9. After speaking with a work colleague, we both realised we name our cars, like as if it were a person, but our boyfriends thought it weird.

    Do anyone else name their car? Any men?

    (my car’s name is Buzzby [pronounced buzzbee] because of a noise he makes while I drive it.)

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