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You are in the Sedans
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Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, Mazda MAZDA6, Ford Fusion, Subaru Legacy, Saturn Aura, Sedan
#7149 of 12297 Re: Neither Side of the Interior Debate is Alone [scape2]
Sep 21, 2006 (6:45 pm)
I would not call it the best by any means, but not as subpar as some think. Fit/finish are on par with Honda/Toyota. Look with an open mind..
(Not trying to be aggravating when I say this) If Ford, Toyota, or Honda does not have the best interior here, which car would you say does?
Of all the cars I've looked at and messed with the switchgear, here was how I would rank the quality and tactile feel:
(02-06)Toyota Camry (haven't been in an 07 yet)
Hyundai Sonata (was a GL model, but well made)
Nissan Altima (2005-present)
Ford Fusion (SEL model, but interior buttons felt creaky and HVAC placement was poor IMO)
Pontiac G6 (Poor quality - decent design)
Chevy Malibu (Poor quality and BORING design)
I don't know about the strategic vision comment, that wasn't me !
You'll notice I have Accord at the top of the list for interior quality, design, and tactile feel. You may also recall that one of my biggest criteria for getting the car was interior design/quality, even more important than a V6 was to me.
That's my opinion though, and it doesn't make yours wrong, that's for sure.
#7150 of 12297 Fusion seems nice
Sep 21, 2006 (7:10 pm)
Was at a neighbor's for Labor Day cook out. His company car is now a Fusion, replacing 2 or 3 previous Taurus'.
He says the Fusion is much better than the Taurus (he has no vested interest as the car he & his wife own is a Honda CRV).
I checked out the Fusion with him, it was starting to get dark, and liked what I saw. I didn't get in the car because I was smoking a cigarette at the time and he doesn't smoke, but the interior sure looked nice to me.
Two draw backs for me, the "d" and "l" rather than gear selection and I still don't care for the looks of the front end. Neither one would probably be a deal breaker if I were in the market now.
It's not "apples to apples", but what I paid for my '05 Sonata GLS SV in 4/05 made the Sonata a much better value IMO.
#7151 of 12297 Forget C&D, make up your own mind!
Sep 21, 2006 (8:18 pm)
Yeah right, the pretentious boys at Car and Driver (and now Motor Trend too) said so. This judge-the-quality-by-touch business with the plastic is way overrated. The boys at Car and Driver like a certain texture and all of a sudden that becomes a benchmark for luxury . Give me a break. Who said we're all supposed to like ONE kind of material and texture? People need to refuse to be told what to like. Make up your own mind already.
I sat in a Fusion and drove it. Contrary to them, I loved the interior (and outside) design and material feel, and thought the driving dynamics was nothing outstanding. The two tone color scheme really makes the car look nice and upscale. Again, anothe person may have a totally different opinion, which is fine. C&D can have their opinions all day long. Just don't expect me to think they come from Sinai. I'm so tired of their snobbery.
#7152 of 12297 Re: Fusion seems nice [bhmr59]
Sep 22, 2006 (4:40 am)
I still don't care for the looks of the front end.
Yeah, me too...plus, I don't really care for the looks of the taillights. For the front they are coming out with an optional black chrome grill. That will be part of a package, but I would assume one will also be able to just buy the black grill as a part. I searched and found some pictures where some owners have painted their grill black or to match the body color, really looked a lot better to me that way. I have not seen any alternate taillights, though.
Of course other options are to look at the Milan or the Mazda6.
#7153 of 12297 Long-term Sonata satisfaction
Sep 22, 2006 (4:36 pm)
I'm currently looking at an attractive 07 Sonata V6 Limited. I've also looked at the Accord, Camry, Volvo S40, Ford Five Hundred, and Chevrolet Impala.
I realize that the Sonata was redesigned in 2006 but does anyone out there in cyberland have any serious mileage on their 06 or possibly 07 Sonata V6? I really like this car but I'm afraid that 2 or 3 years down the road all the nice things like rattles, engine noise, electronics malfunctions will show up. I've owned 3 Camrys and a Honda Civic so I can accurately guess at their reliability but the new Sonata is a shot-in-the-dark!! The Sonata test drive went very well but the car only had a couple of miles on it. $20,000 + is alot of money to gamble when you have no idea of what the odds are!!
The Sonata price is very attractive but there are those who claim you "get what you pay for."
If anyone has any serious mileage experience with one of the new Sonata V6s, please post your impressions.
Thanks for your help!!
Sep 22, 2006 (5:01 pm)
I cannot understand how people can like Sonata's interior. To me it screams cheap. I do not like design eigther - not tasteful at all. I would compare it to Mitsu Galant. In Fusion some things are done wrong - like cheap looking auido and climate controls. But it still have better design and higher quality interior than Sonata.
#7155 of 12297 Re: Long-term Sonata satisfaction [oracle_of_rock]
Sep 22, 2006 (6:45 pm)
Oracle: Said "you get what you pay for." quoting others. I have heard this all my life and I disagree. If you change the sentence to read, "You SHOULD get what you pay for" I will agree with this adage. But that is the whole deal is it not? And why we come to boards like this to hear what others are actual experiencing.
My experience so far with my 06 GLS I4 auto has been great. But only several years of driving will tell me definitively if it is as good as my 1992 Honda Accord.
In the interim you will just have to gamble like the rest of us. But my guess was, and is, that it is a very good car!
#7156 of 12297 Re: Sonata interior [savetheland]
Sep 22, 2006 (10:08 pm)
I have to agree. The materials are NICE IMO, not quite Camcord levels, but nice. I think the design is incohesive though. It lacks any form of style in this class.
#7157 of 12297 Re: Long-term Sonata satisfaction [oracle_of_rock]
Sep 23, 2006 (5:40 am)
You'll want to read up in the Hyundai Sonata 2006+ discussion as well. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
#7158 of 12297 Re: Long-term Sonata satisfaction [oracle_of_rock]
Sep 23, 2006 (8:14 am)
The 06 Sonata is by no means new. The platform is now 17 months old in th eUSA, and a bit older worldwide. There have been no major problems with this car, and unusually few minor complaints. Mine is 8 months old, and has 7K miles. I am very pleased with the car, and have absolutely no regrets. It still doesn't have a single squeek or rattle. If S&R were going to be a major problem, I think they would have shown up by now. The engine is a real gem. It was developed by Hyundai, Daimler-Chrysler, and Dana as a "300K mile engine", whatever that means.
Some 06 V6 Sonata's (including mine) have a "k-thunking" noise in the rear suspension when running over potholes. Hyundai is developing a simple fix for it by replacing the rear shock bushings. I'm waiting on my dealer to call me when the bushings are in. Once fixed, my car will be flawless. The 06 4cyl and none of the 07's have this suspension noise.
If you can get a V6 for near the price I got mine ($16,600+TT&L) then it's by far the best buy in its class.