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Old 03-22-2011, 10:07 PM   #1
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Accord vs Fusion vs Altima vs ??

May be in the market for a new car to replace 2000 Accord with 206k. Tis the wife's choice.

Possibilities and current interests: Accord, Fusion, Altima, Mazda6,
Outliers... MB C-class, Audi A3, Jetta, Passat, Subaru legacy

Not a fan of Toyota Camry or Malibu.

Looking for reliability, mileage, appearance, decent size trunk. leaning toward the top-end models - Accord EX V6, Fusion Sport etc.

New Accord doesn't seem to be the overwhelming choice it may have been in the past.. CR has Altima rated highest family sedah.

appreciate real world thoughts and feedback, particularly from owners

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I'll go out on the limb, ever thought of a Hyundai Sonata?

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I'll go out on the limb, ever thought of a Hyundai Sonata?
I'll up the ante a little and say Hyundai Genesis...this is a sweet car. Top notch luxury.
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And there is always the Genesis coupe....
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Old 03-23-2011, 06:49 AM   #6
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Actually - the new Sonata should have been on my list of possibilities... esp the turbo 4 if its available.

Genesis is a bit bigger than we are looking for... tho it is an attractive car and has had very good reviews... esp on content vs cost.

Thanks for the suggestions
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I drove around in a fusion last summer for a week, and I've got to say, it was the most boring drive I'd ever had. As for buying domestic, does that mean going with one of the big three, that assemble their cars in Mexico or Canada, or could it also be a company that builds it's cars from scratch in the US? If the latter is the case, definitely check out the Subaru Legacy, and Mazda6. For my money (looks wise, anyway) The new Taurus is the way to go.
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if you get a Fusion stay away from the 4-banger. Friend of mine has it for his work car and it stinks.
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I had a 05 Subaru Legacy GT (turbo model) and it was one of the best built, nicest cars for the money I've owned. I'm also a fan of the Hyundai Genesis, even the 6 cylinder model. Best luxury car for the money, bar none. The Accord V6 is a nice car, but boring as white paint. The Mazda 6 is another good car, but the Mazdaspeed 6 is the way to go. The higher end Fusion is a nice car. The new Taurus is eve nicer, especially if you can afford the SHO. The new Chevy Malibu won some awards a couple years back.

But you're on a "Mopar" board, why not the 300 or the Charger? The new Charger is supposedly fantastic, even the Pentastar equipped v6 models. And they look bad-ass. I had a Magnum R/T (same basic car) a few years ago and you feel as safe as in a bank vault in those things. I also knocked down just a hair under 30mpg on the highway with a CAI, Catback and Superchip programmer. Stop and go was getting me 19mpg.
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I think of this as a Jeep board - not a MOPAR board.

Anyways - sizewise we are looking for something smaller than the 300 or charger tho I do like both of the updates.

We like the manueverability of the smaller cars like Accord (tho it has grown)... plus our garage has so much stuff - i am dimensionally constrained lol.

Thanks for the feedback so far...
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I worked in valet parking for a couple of years and still do it from time to time for quick money. We drive all sorts of cars, from Pintos to Maybachs. From recent years Hyundai has changed the appearance and performance of their cars for the better and is the fastest growing car company in the U.S. Parts are cheaper to purchase and they have a great warranty. The new Sonata is a sharp looking car with an interior that you will not get bored of looking at (the more equiped version).
The Ford Fusion V6 is a peppy car with lots of room and good gas mileage and the interior is nice. Ford makes Great trucks... so so on cars.
BMW and Mercedez-Benz have recently changed their interior... guages, radio and console... to a more updated look. I was not a fan of orange guages.
Mazda 6 is bigger in comparison to the previous model. The V6 model will not leave you disappointed, but its the same as the Ford Fusion.
Nissan builds them big. If its trunk space you are looking for then this is where you will find it. More space, bigger engine, but lighter in comparison to other cars in its class. They use all aluminum engines with metal sleeves. I'm a big Nissan fan.
The Accord and its cousin the TL are great cars.
Hrm... what else that is on the same level?

My opinion? My girlfriend works for Enterprise-rent-a-car and she gets to drive any car home that she has left on her lot at the end of the day. When we go on long trips, I always ask her to get a hold of a new Sonata. The last time we drove to her parents, 6 hours away, the car got 38 mpg!!! That is not a hybrid, and I was doing 75-80 mph. She also likes to pack like she would be gone for a month on a weekend trip... plenty of trunk space.
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My wife just got a good deal on an older mazda6. It is the grand touring model, so it has ALL of the bells and whistles. I believe it has the largest backseat in its class...I am 6' 2" and it is comfortable riding in the back. The trunk is also HUGE. It is still a 4 banger, but it is a larger 4 since it is the grand touring model so its pretty peppy for a 4.

On the other end, my grandparents owned a ford fusion v6...it was a pretty nice car also. The backseat was not nearly as big as the mazda, but not necessarily uncomfortable. The trunk was also not as big. Both cars though drive very nicely.
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Old 03-24-2011, 03:27 PM   #15
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if your going to go with a japan car, better hurry and parts are going to become scarce. prices are already climbing due to upcoming shutdown due to earthquake. the sonata prices will most likely go up due to lack of competition from japan for awhile.
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My boss has a fully equipped Sonata. He loves that thing. 9 times out of 10, he passes me on the daily commutes. Very nimble and agile. Sips gas, compared to me.

Every once in a while, I hit traffic better than him and can keep him in the rear-view. He pouts for the rest of the day.
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Old 03-26-2011, 12:35 AM   #18
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Ducking rotten tomatoes here, but why go so big? The better half has a 2008 or 2009 Civic Hybrid* and it's bigger than my late 80's Accord was inside, huge trunk, and very reasonable pricing.

Not going to sell it any more, just wondering why you need such a big sled. That's also not a rude question, just something to consider.

I drove my dad's old 1996 LS400 with about 225K miles for about a year (in urban circles, the "big body") and most of the "mid-size" cars coming out now are that large or bigger.

*also, I am the first person to suggest used, so when I use my lady's Civic as an example, I'm actually suggesting those years
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I drove around in a fusion last summer for a week, and I've got to say, it was the most boring drive I'd ever had. As for buying domestic, does that mean going with one of the big three, that assemble their cars in Mexico or Canada, or could it also be a company that builds it's cars from scratch in the US? If the latter is the case, definitely check out the Subaru Legacy, and Mazda6. For my money (looks wise, anyway) The new Taurus is the way to go.
When I suggested buying domestic, what I meant to say was "buy from an AMERICAN COMPANY"......
Companies like Toyota may build their vehicles here, but their company is a Japanese company. That was my point.
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Thanks for all the inputs... close to making a decision... i'll post up what we go with and why.
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I'd go for the Ford Fusion with the V6. Ford's quality is now outstanding and I really like the Fusion, it's a pretty darned innovative vehicle. Not only that but it's a domestic made in America model that has a smaller foreign content than any of the others.
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My GF has an Altima and loves it. I find it to be really comfortable on long rides, but then again I drive a Jeep.
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If you haven't already, take a peak at a v6 SE camry. Way better looking than the base le and loaded xle. Sport tuned suspension and drives very very well
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Thought I would follow-up this up... tho a bit late.

Back in April, bought a 2011 Sonata 2.0T Limited. Felt it offered the most of the money. Test drove it, the Accord V6 and Mazda 6. The Accord underwhelmed us both in the driving experience and the interior. Liked our 2000 better. The Mazda 6 was very nice - just a bit more $$ than we wanted to pay.

After $10k miles, we have been pretty happy with it. Mileage has been ~27mpg in mixed driving and ~30mpg at 78mph on the highway. The turbo provides very nice passing acceleration.

Now if it will last over 200k like the old Honda....
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If it aint broke, don't fix it. Get the new Accord. Not the best looking, and not the fastest, but will go 250K no problem, and can be had with very luxurious interiors. Build quality is unmatched by anything in the above posts, as well as material quality. If you want 4WD, a CRV is a great ride as well, but wait for the 2012, it's brand new.

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