Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 2013


Dundar F. Kocaoglu

Course Title

Management of Engineering and Technology

Course Number

ETM 530


There are a large variety of sedan cars available in the market today in the US. Therefore deciding on what sedan car suits you best is difficult. This study created a hierarchical decision model to determine the best characteristics of a sedan car. This model has been chosen because it allows users to easily visualize how each criterion at each tier impacts the decision. It is also applicable for manufacturers to realize what characteristics need to be improved. This paper will look at the following six criteria: fuel economy, overall crash test rating, costs, features, performance, and dependability. Although there are other factors that go into a sedan car, we felt these six are the most important criteria for selecting a sedan car. The authors of this document are considered experts for evaluating sedan cars using the pairwise comparison. The use of the HDM along with pairwise comparison allowed for the creation quantified weighted values for each element at each tier. Using the HDM and inputting the top five best-selling sedans of 2012 resulted in the Honda Accord LX 2012.


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