Whenever you compliment someone a choice of theirs, you are merely letting them know that you approve of that choice and could possibly have chosen the same way yourself... In daily (spoken) language it's not much of a compliment; more like a conversation-starter along the lines of letting someone know that you and they have something in common (say, taste in cars).
I don't see how you can think it's the same as saying someone has a "nice wife".
ETA: Speaking of AVs: Is that Sesame Street
Gul Madred is watching???