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You are in the Sedans
What is this discussion about?
Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, Mazda MAZDA6, Ford Fusion, Subaru Legacy, Saturn Aura, Sedan
#737 of 12297 I checked the competition too
Aug 08, 2005 (9:02 pm)
My research began in high school when the '03 Honda Accord hit the market. My aging 91 Accord EX was giving me minor problems and I needed something bigger for work and for carrying my uncle and late grandmother.
The Accord would be my best choice. My parents and I agreed and I gave it consideration. Every car magazine gave it top ratings. I loved the interior, the way it drove and thought it was an ultra-refined and better car than the Camry or Altima. I even placed an order on an Graphite Pearl EX-L Navi with manual transmission. However, I dropped the order because the Accord had one glaring flaw that I just could not get over.
I could not (and still don't really like) the styling of the current Accord. At 18, I couldn't see myself driving it everyday. A good car, but the styling just didn't do it for me. (I'm young, sue me )
I did more research and included the Mazda6 and VW Passat as contenders. Didn't mind the Mazda6, except for the crazy (at that time) pkging configurations. I didn't like the Sport pkg, and it was impossible to get any options without it. Nissan had a similar problem with the 2002 Altima. The VW Passat was a beautiful car with a beautiful interior, but the prices and VW's reliablity scared me away. Though I was young(er), I knew if this car was going to take me into college, I'd need something that would have more than a pretty face.
So back to the Accord, even though I didn't like its styling. The Camry was considered briefly, but I didn't like it's styling much and thought its interior was inferior to the Accord's. Handling didn't do it for me either. What finally dropped the Camry off my list was the fact that I live in the infamous SET region. We have Camry LE's with leather, rims, spoilers, body kits, etc. etc, and some with expensive "ToyoGuard" pkgs that range from $300-$800 bucks. No dice.
However, I had a soft spot for the current Altima. The mouse fur interior and lack of ABS and safety items crossed it off my list back in 2003. However, I got word of the Altima's facelift and the Altima became number one on my list. By March 2004 I bought a fully loaded Altima 2.5S with every option in Smoke with Charcoal cloth interior.
Great Graduation Present if I must say so
The interior is not top notch (Accord and Camry have better materials) and it doesn't ride as well as the Accord does, but I liked it better overall. I love its styling too.
Today, I'd look seriously at the Sonata, but wouldn't buy it because its styling, like the Camcords, is too bland for my taste. However, that doesn't negate the car at all. Its a good car, but at my age, I need a little more spunk. I should be here for at least another 50 years (I hope )
If I were buying today I'd look more at the 06 Accord, which I actually like better, or the new Camry (love the new interior) Competition among cars is getting like competition among computers.
Happy Motoring Days my Friends
And finally after a full MONTH after my car accident, I'll get my car back Wednesday
#738 of 12297 Re: I'm a little afraid to post anything here. [truethat]
Aug 08, 2005 (9:19 pm)
From what i see your really excited for the new Camry and Azera.
I think you should wait for them to come out unless Hyundai gives you a deal thats hard to resist on the Sonata.
Good luck at the dealer tomorrow
#739 of 12297 The sonata style
Aug 09, 2005 (12:22 am)
doesn't the car overall look like a stretched 05 elantra? the more i see this car the more i notice this. The elantra since hyundays disaster has been their bread and butter especially for world wide sales, not a bad risk to use the companies best car to design it.
the next elantra is a very important car for hyundai. Should be a very good car, with value and non econmically feel(unlike civics)
i'm sorry, civic sales good, but they are piece nothings. Ridiculously thin sheetmetal, everything is cheap but runs a long time. And if you try to start the engine in the winter , you mite as well take the bus
#741 of 12297 Re: Some people [ctalk]
Aug 09, 2005 (3:29 am)
Seriously I think some or better make that most of the posters on this thread need to get a freaking life. ">link title
#742 of 12297 Re: Newsflash! [motownusa]
Aug 09, 2005 (4:40 am)
"It is a known fact that when a brand new factory is built in an area with relatively few skilled labor, quality sometimes suffer."
Again..... you are the one making that assumption. Do you have any proof to back it up?
Do you think that established older plants don't ever hire new employees? It comes down to process and training.... that's it! There will always be manufacturing issues to deal with regardless of who the manufacturer is or how long the plant has been in operation.
#743 of 12297 Re: trade cars to save on gas [mcdaniel4]
Aug 09, 2005 (5:20 am)
Economy 101 says that demand for your Tahoe is fading fast. Your answer depends on how much you drive versus how much it would cost to buy and operate a smaller car. But you have to factor in any remaining balance owed and depreciation on the Tahoe. I have a '99 Sierra pickup that was just paid off late last year. I keep it because I need a truck and it's 4WD makes it good for winter driving, but the truck isn't my daily driver any more. I know the trade it market value isn't great, but it's worth more to me just to keep the truck now that it's paid for. The truck was our main vehicle that we used for travel and vacations, but now I'm looking for a smaller family car that gets better mileage. That is why I'm looking at the Sonata as well as other makes. I still haven't found the right car at the right price to pull the trigger just yet. With interest rates on the rise, I might just stick with the truck despite the extra cost for fuel, even though the truck does get good gas mileage given it's size. Lot's of people are dumping their larger SUV's for smaller cars and the market is flooded with used SUV's, so don't be shocked when you see how low the trade in value is on your Tahoe. Some will say it's a no brainer, but it might be a tougher decision depending on your particular needs and situation. Good Luck!
#744 of 12297 Our topic here...
Aug 09, 2005 (5:54 am)
...doesn't include Tahoes, SUVs, Avalons, Civics or whether posters have or need to get a life.
We're talking about the vehicles listed at the top of the page; though many would confuse this for the neighboring Sonata vs. Camry vs. Accord discussion.
Let's try to expand our conversation to include the other three vehicles that you intended to include when this discussion began and skip the personal digs and other off topic distractions... 'kay?
#745 of 12297 Re: Totally untrue [ctalk]
Aug 09, 2005 (6:11 am)
ctalk... Congrats on the Accord. My neighbor has an '05 Accord on lease and it is (was) a nice car, but it's now in the body shop due to a minor accident. He replaced a Lincoln Town Car with the Honda. The ride of the Honda can't match his old Lincoln of course, but he likes the new Honda just the same. He did complain about road noise after a recent trip, but he discovered that the tire pressures were way too high!! If the Accord works for you, that's great! Enjoy the ride!
#746 of 12297 Re: The sonata style [choe13]
Aug 09, 2005 (7:15 am)
I own two Elantras and IMO the '06 Sonata looks absolutely, positively NOTHING like the Elantra. Front ends are totally different. Side profile is totally different. And the rears are REALLY different, with the Elantra sedan resembling the Maybach or new S Class, and the Sonata resembling the latest Lexii (GS, IS in particular). Maybe that will change with the '07 Elantra, but since I haven't seen a good pic of that car I can't say.