People tend to buy items that are in line with their personality or  temperament, and cars are no exception to this rule. Still, the sheer number of vehicles available for purchase can make identifying your perfect ride a little tough.

In 2014, Eric Jorgenson developed the "Open Four Temperaments Scale". After completing a personality test, it would predict where you would fall under that scale and determine if you were considered sanguine, choleric, melancholic, and/or phlegmatic. 

If you want to go the extra mile, find out your  personality with this easy, 5-minute test. Or, just see where you identify under the 'key traits' below and use these suggestions as a starting point if you're not sure what to look for. 

Sanguine

Element: Air

Key Traits:

  • Extroverted
  • Carefree
  • Pleasure-seeking
  • Creative
  • Flighty

Best Car Options:

These cars are all attention-getting vehicles, which will appeal to your extroversion. As luxury vehicles, they cater to your love of pleasure and expression, featuring designs, detailing and materials that are more artistic and high-quality. They all contain elements--for instance, foldable seats, touchscreens and multi-zone climate control--that let you move from one activity to the next with ease and comfort, ensuring you're never bored.

Choleric

Element: Fire

Key Traits:

  • Extroverted
  • Egocentric
  • Impulsive
  • Energetic
  • Task-oriented
  • Strong-willed

Best Car Options:

These vehicles are the ideal mix of power and style, which should satisfy your Type A desire to lead the pack. With incredible horsepower and speed, they lend themselves well to your energetic spirit, but they're still practical and efficient enough to let you stick with a get-'er-done approach, too.

Melancholic

Element: Earth

Key Traits:

  • Introverted
  • Serious
  • Cautious
  • Aware
  • Depressive
  • Sympathetic

Best Car Options:

These vehicles have excellent safety ratings and features, which should put even the most anxious melancholic more at ease. At the same time, they offer beautiful, creative designs that can keep you in touch with your sensitive side. They are practical vehicles that fuel independence, even as their innovations keep you connected and let you make a quiet improvements to your world.

Phlegmatic

Element: Water

Key Traits:

  • Introverted
  • Quiet
  • Consistent
  • Thoughtful
  • Caring
  • Tolerant

Best Car Options:

These vehicles make the phlegmatic list not only for their size, which allows them to be more private, but also because they don't make tons of notice-me noise the way other vehicles can. They have proven reliability, but as electric/hybrid models, they also demonstrate that you're willing to consider the needs of others and how you're influencing them. 

One Last Key

Most experts recognize that the majority of people are a mix of the four main temperaments. If something feels "almost" right to you with a car, try looking at the different trims to tweak how the vehicle feels and performs!

Published on: Jul 21, 2016
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