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Last post on May 20, 2013 at 2:50 PM
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Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Maxima, Mazda MAZDA3, Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Lexus IS 250, Acura TSX, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#3277 of 3286 Re: Help in Picking out a Used Reliable Vehicle [almaiunraie22]
May 20, 2013 (4:12 am)
There are a lot of reliable makes. Honda is certainly considered one of the best.
When I was a student I wasted a lot of time and money by buying used. I wish I had just bought a new Honda to begin with and kept it longer than the used lemons I used to own. If you have $12,000 I think you should just buy a new car instead.
Why? Because used Hondas keep their value. You might pay c. $15,000 for a 4 year old Civic LX with 50,000 miles. But you can get a brand-new 2013 Civic LX for c. $16,990 in many markets. And financing is often available.
Then, rather than having a car you need to trade or repair in a few years, you can just keep it for c. 10 reliable years and save big in the long run. Or, if you need or want to sell it sooner, it will have good resale value.
My 2 cents.
#3279 of 3286 Used Toyota Avalon, Hyundai Sonata, or Honda Accord?
May 17, 2013 (10:18 am)
I am in need of some advice regarding the car I should purchase. I have three choices:
1. 08 Avalon XLS 61000 Miles Certified $16500
2. 11 Hyundai Sonata SE (leather and nav) 45000 Miles Certified $17500
3. 08 Honda Accord XLE (leather and nav) 58000 miles not certified $17400
I am wanting a car that is dependable and will last. All three cars listed above are in excellent condition.
Thanks for your help
#3280 of 3286 Re: Used Toyota Avalon, Hyundai Sonata, or Honda Accord? [lancer12321]
May 20, 2013 (10:59 am)
Which do you like driving better? The Avalon in particular should drive differently (e.g. softer, more isolated ride) than the other two.
If that's not important to you, all of these should be pretty reliable but the Avalon has the edge I think because 2011 was the first year for that Sonata, and 2008 the first year for that Accord. If the Certified Sonata includes extending the bumper to bumper warranty to 10 years/100k miles, that could be a big factor for you. Be sure to ask the dealer about that. At the least, the powertrain warranty should be extended to 100k miles on the Sonata as a Certified vehicle and you'd still have at least two years and 15k miles left of the b2b warranty.
#3281 of 3286 Re: Used Toyota Avalon, Hyundai Sonata, or Honda Accord? [lancer12321]
May 20, 2013 (12:32 pm)
I vote wholeheartedly for 2011 Sonata SE!
Did you happen to check out any CPO Hyundai Azera models? They were introduced in 2006 as a direct competitor to the Avalon....I really like them. The less expensive models have the same V6 that was optional on the Sonata during the same years. The top-end Azera Limited had a larger 3.8L v6 with more power and it is one smooth operator!
#3282 of 3286 Re: Used Toyota Avalon, Hyundai Sonata, or Honda Accord? [backy]
May 20, 2013 (12:55 pm)
Why not get a new or 1 year old slightly smaller version: elantra, civic, or corolla? Is there a reason you need a midsize car? For the same money you could be in a newer and even more reliable car.
#3283 of 3286 Re: Used Toyota Avalon, Hyundai Sonata, or Honda Accord? [lancer12321]
May 20, 2013 (1:42 pm)
My recommend: Get a new 2013 Accord LX. It's better, stronger, faster, safer, gets higher mpg, has blue-tooth, back up camera, alloy wheels, etc., etc. All on the base model.
Crest Honda in Nashville has one for $20,292, and Honda dealers in most major metropolitan areas will get close to that.
If you buy a new Accord, it's highly likely you'll only have to do minor maintenance (oil changes, mainly) and buy one set of tires for the next 10 years & 100,000 miles. This will simplify your life and save you a lot of time, money, and headaches. You'll save in the long run imho, and have much better resale whenever you do want to get another car.
1.9% financing for 5 years is available directly from Honda.
2013 Honda Accord LX
2013 Honda Accord Sedan
2.4L I-4 cyl
MSRP $23,270 Dealer Discount $2,978 True Price $20,292
#3284 of 3286 Re: Used Toyota Avalon, Hyundai Sonata, or Honda Accord? [suydam]
May 20, 2013 (2:21 pm)
Why not get a new or 1 year old slightly smaller version: elantra, civic, or corolla? Is there a reason you need a midsize car?
That's not a question for me, but for the OP. The OP asked about 3 large-ish cars. Actually, the Avalon is a full-sized car, and by interior volume I am pretty sure the Accord and Sonata are also. So a big difference there compared to something like the Corolla and Civic, with their relatively small interiors, and even the Elantra, which at least has a mid-sized interior.
I suppose you could ask the OP, what about a Smart car or Fiat 500 too... really easy to park!
#3285 of 3286 Re: This is a long story, but I'm pretty confused now...help?! [suydam]
May 20, 2013 (2:47 pm)
I second the recommendation to stick it out with public transport until you know where and what you will be doing. This is not the time to make a large purchase.
#3286 of 3286 Re: Used Toyota Avalon, Hyundai Sonata, or Honda Accord? [backy]
May 20, 2013 (2:50 pm)
Sorry, I didn't have the thread right. I WAS asking the OP, so I thought! I also thought about the new Accord LX, but maybe that's more than he/she can spend.