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#2243 of 3640 Re: Liking optima. [rustum]
May 20, 2011 (10:03 am)
If you got the 4 cylinder model, it'll get very good highway MPG. And there are tweaks that you can do to the tires especially that will get you an extra MPG or two (lower resistance tires and going up a size) 23/26 new EPA - original window sticker was closer to 22/31, IIRC. With the AC off and proper tire choice, it'll get almost 35 highway on longer trips. Even my old Park Avenue "beater" (such a nice car, doesn't quite fit the beater image - heh) gets 30mpg on long trips, so 35 out of a 4 cylinder Accord is pretty standard if you use cruise control and let it spin along as it wants to.
Also, the tires on the Accord are too large. You best MPG is actually with higher profile tires. The weight of the car is (assuming a 4 cylinder ~2007 model) 3100 lbs. That means that it can safely get by with modern 13 inch tires. (!) Anything over that in size is the manufacturer catering to the 0-60 crowd and ofr styling purposes only (especially in an under 200HP car) Lower profile tires are always going to give you a harsher ride as well. And cost more.
The trick is to find a replacement rim that fits the Accord's bolts and offset.
Stock is 205 60 R16
The trick here is to find 14 or 15 inch Honda rims that will fit and up-size the tires to match. This will increase MPG and give a softer ride on the road. Slightly less cornering, but I've had cars of the same weight in the past with 14 inch tires on them that I had to work hard to get to lose traction.
The bolt pattern is 5x114.3 and a 55mm offset. Honda thankfully uses the same rims and sizes for several years. The 2007 is identical to the 2006, just not listed on that chart. This means that you can swap pretty much any 15 inch rim with that bolt pattern safely onto your car.
Just something to consider when it's time for new rubber. The size you'd need for those 15 inchers would be: 225/60/15 (better match) or 205/65/15 (much better selection) Saving $20-$25 a tire and the better ride might be worth swapping rims.
#2244 of 3640 Re: Liking optima. [plekto]
May 20, 2011 (2:57 pm)
I bought 2010 LXP Sedan (4 Cyl).
#2245 of 3640 Re: Liking optima. [plekto]
May 20, 2011 (7:27 pm)
Again, if you get the Accord with manual (video game easy to use, honest), it will get significantly better MPG than the Hyundai and drive much smoother on rough roads and the like.
Hyundai Sonata 2.4L MT MPG (EPA): 24/35, 28 combined
Honda Accord 2.4L MPG (EPA): 23/33, 27 combined
As for the Accord driving smoother... that is not my experience, although the 2008-11 Accords have a smoother ride (and less-crisp steering) than previous generations.
May 21, 2011 (9:42 pm)
Hi folks, I am planning to buy Nissan Altima, preferring it over Hyundai Sonata , my budget is 25k and would like to get the maximum features ......I am not liking Hyundai because of more wind noise in the freeway (only bad point) ........... I visited Nissan dealers and liked Nissan altima very much, nice smooth engine ...... Got out of the door price of fully loaded (all packages - backup camera, bluetooth ... except Navigation) Nissan Altima SL for 27500 .... I told dealer i will buy if he gives for 26200 ..... do you guys think I am making right choice by going for Nissan Altima SL and do you think this is the right price?
Highly appreciate your response ..... I have no experience in buying cars
#2247 of 3640 Re: confused [cool_sd]
May 22, 2011 (3:44 am)
choosing and buying the car you like best is definitely the right choice.
#2248 of 3640 Re: Fact Vs. Opinion [djm2]
May 22, 2011 (3:02 pm)
I had initially agreed with you but after searching on Cars.com as well as several other sites, I am finding that the used Sonatas and Optimas are doing very well on re-sale value. I was told that Civics, which ruled that class for something like 15 years, was just beaten out by Elantras in highest re-sale value!
#2249 of 3640 Re: confused [cool_sd]
May 22, 2011 (3:34 pm)
Consumer Reports rates the Altima higher than every other mid-size sedan, so I’d say it’s a very safe choice. As for pricing and getting the best deal, instead of ‘out the door’ price, the actual price before sales tax and any fees would be a more useful number to have. Also, where are you located (so I can see what incentives may be available)….let me know and I’ll tell you what I think! =)
#2250 of 3640 Nissan altima price
May 23, 2011 (12:21 am)
Thanks igozoomzoom for the reply. I got the irresitable deal today and bought it.
I had two options basically. I chose the second one. Thought that was a good deal. Got the additional bonus also as the car was already tinted.
1. 26500 OTD price + Nissan financing (4.19% rate per my credit)
2. 27750 OTD price + Nissan financing 0%, 60 months
Here are the car details:
Nissan Altima 2.5 SL
MSRP as configured: $29,155
Invoice as configured: $27,017
Exterior: Super black
Interior: Blonde leather
Options: · [B10] SPLASH GUARDS (SGD)
· [H01] 2.5S PREMIUM AUDIO PKG (AUD)
· [K01] CONVENIENCE PKG (CN1)
· [K02] CONVENIENCE PLUS PKG (CN2)
· [K03] 2.5SL PKG (SLP)
· [K04] SPECIAL EDITION PKG (SEP)
· [R10] REAR SPOILER (SPL)
· [S10] FOG LIGHTS (FOG)
#2251 of 3640 Re: Fact Vs. Opinion [djm2]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
May 23, 2011 (4:05 am)
You seem to have mistaken my statement for a question.
While I appreciate you informing me that I am partially correct, I assure you that I am entirely correct, without the exception noted in your post.
Hyundais are beginning to hold resale value very well, irrespective of the vehicle purchased.
#2252 of 3640 Re: Altima or... [wik82]
May 23, 2011 (7:10 am)
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