Last post on Apr 13, 2007 at 11:55 AM
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
#8292 of 12297 Re: Hyundai Sonata Sport Model [lilengineerboy]
Nov 01, 2006 (4:30 pm)
I don't think this needs to be the case. I FEEL the 1992-1998 BMW E36 3 series cars had very good ride quality and they also had very good handling. They didn't have anything overly sophisticated (no magnetic suspension systems or hover crafts or anything), just a lot of time spent in tuning shock valving and spring rates.
I think it is definitely the case. Some cars have a very good compromise (of ride and handling), but no car has the "perfect" suspension. These Midsize sedans are totally redesigned every 4-5 years, so time is limited on suspension. You have to have a car first, before you can tune a suspension to it. And just because the suspension worked well on that Beemer, doesn't mean it would work on any other car.
#8293 of 12297 Re: Hyundai Sonata Sport Model [backy]
Nov 01, 2006 (4:43 pm)
the "feel every pebble" feel of cars like the Accord.
Wow - do you really think the Accord feels like that? I drove one for years and never felt that way towards the suspension. I thought it was a precision machine and handled and felt great. Much better than any Sonata I drove.
How long did you own your Accord?
#8294 of 12297 Re: Hyundai Sonata Sport Model [leadfoot6]
Nov 01, 2006 (4:51 pm)
That's how the Accord EX felt to me when I did a head-to-head drive of one vs. a Sonata. You'll see similar comments from professional reviewers, e.g. C/D said "The ride is firm, much different in character than the  Camry, or the noisy Fusion, or the less firmly teethed Sonata. You feel each bump, but only once."
#8295 of 12297 Re: Hyundai Sonata Sport Model [backy]
Nov 01, 2006 (5:08 pm)
Most reviewers say the Accord has the best suspension in this segment. Not soft, and wishy-washy like Camry and Sonata. Not harsh, like Mazda6 and Altima. You can't have it both ways (smoothest ride, and great handling) but the Accord has the best compromise. The reviewers and myself agree.
#8296 of 12297 Re: Hyundai Sonata Sport Model [backy]
Nov 01, 2006 (5:08 pm)
My wife owned a Camry at the same time I owned my Accord. Whenever I drove her car it felt way too soft. Maybe its Honda's racing heritage and my preferences, but an Accord doesn't feel too firm to me. The others feel too soft.
Plus I'm a 'professional reviewer' also. And there's my opinion. That'll be $500.
#8297 of 12297 Re: 2007 CR Best Buys [backy]
Nov 01, 2006 (5:30 pm)
Either way my comment still stands, it's a ludicrous statement to make.
#8298 of 12297 Re: Hyundai Sonata Sport Model [elroy5]
Nov 01, 2006 (5:49 pm)
No, you can't have the smoothest ride and great handling. But you can have a ride that doesn't make you feel every little bump. One of the best compromises I've driven is, surprisingly, the Focus. I think the Fusion and Sonata offers a good compromise in this class.
#8299 of 12297 Re: Hyundai Sonata Sport Model [backy]
Nov 01, 2006 (6:19 pm)
I think the Fusion and Sonata offers a good compromise in this class.
This doesn't make sense. These two car's suspensions are at totally opposite ends. Either you like a firm er ride (Fusion), or you like a softer ride (Sonata). The Accord would be the compromise between the two.
#8300 of 12297 Re: Hyundai Sonata Sport Model [backy]
Nov 01, 2006 (6:21 pm)
Feel every little bump? Do you really think that describes the Accord? Talk about anti-Honda.
I would counter that a Sonata or Fusion has 'no' feel. No sense of being connected to the road. And I'd be right. And I'm still laughing about the Focus example. Good one.
#8301 of 12297 Re: Hyundai Sonata Sport Model [jimmy81]
Nov 01, 2006 (6:25 pm)
And I'm still laughing about the Focus example. Good one.
Like a Focus has a comparable ride to any midsize car.