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Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#778 of 804 Re: 2011 Camry vs. 2010 Accord [dmathews3]
Jun 16, 2010 (10:44 am)
True, I probably should. I do recall the Malibu sitting lower, like the Accord. Not as much of fan of that. The other part I didn't mention, while I got home safely, the day following the storm when I went to return it, I found it got stuck pretty easily - again I think because it's a bit lower to the ground. Not a deal breaker though. I find the C pillar a bit of a blind spot. Not sure how the Malibu leases out though. Tough to beat Camry/Accord with high residual value. I think that still hurts Chevrolet to some degree.
#779 of 804 Re: 2011 Camry vs. 2010 Accord [irg]
Jun 16, 2010 (1:34 pm)
Can't comment on the Honda but it used to be that the Camry sold used for a lot higher than a Chevy but there were other things that most people didn't figure into that factor. One, for the most part you could buy a Chevy at or near invoice where as befoe Toyota was caught with all the shoddy cars they used to sell for a whole lot more than a same model Chevy. Say Camry and Malibu could be a couple thou difference on a loaded car. Figure that 2K left in the bank for a few years and I bet the difference at the point of sale a few years down the road were close or in some cases I wouldn't be surprised if the Chevy ended up worth more. How things will equal out in say 3 or 4 years on the current Toyota products is still to be seen but it has been posted in the media that the value of used Toyota's has dropped quite a bit and I for one like many others are NOT convinced that Toyota has fixed everything. Only reason they aren't still on the front pages is the oil spill has become number 1. Even the new G.M. is still out selling Toyota here and that is with all the dropping of their other brands like Pontiac, Hummer.
#780 of 804 Re: 2011 Camry vs. 2010 Accord [dmathews3]
Jun 16, 2010 (4:02 pm)
I know car pricing is somewhat local, but I've never seen a comparably equipped Malibu advertised for $2K under a Camry. The Malibu promo model is usually a less equipped basic LS model. I don't think Camry resale is tanking as much as you may think. Used Camry's seem to still be moving fairly quickly off the dealer lots. Remember, you can drive a well equipped, brand new Camry LE off the lot for under $20K. A relative who drives around a lot for his job got a new Malibu last year to replace his Camry. He likes them both and says the Malibu has better seats, but he thought the Camry road a bit nicer, so it was kind of a trade-off.
He might also look at Fusion and Altima, but if he prefers Camry over Accord, they may not be what he likes better.
#781 of 804 Re: 2011 Camry vs. 2010 Accord [berri]
Jun 17, 2010 (3:21 am)
The Altima should be on my list too. I would include the Subaru Legacy as well, but none to drive at the local dealer - not sure I like it's styling either, and the gas mileage suffers some, but the awd is nice where I live.
As far as the Malibu goes, I'm interested in the LT1 model, to get the better transmission. I'll see what the local dealer has, but they are definitely harder to find around here where I live. The back seat is not as generous either, which may be an issue as my 3 kids get bigger, but probably not a deal breaker. My budget is really tight for this car (I have to replace the Odyssey in April too) so unfortunately I have to compare apples to apples, and look for a low monthly payment. The Camry is being offered at $179/mo with $1599 down, plus tax. I can probably get it lower than that too, and I may have some equity when I return my Subaru (4 year lease, 48k miles/year, I only have 32k on it). If I can get a Malibu for a similar rate, I'd be interested, if not I pass.
The Altima is offering $199/mo not sure what the fine print says yet, haven't driven one yet to compare. Mayb this Friday. I'm not sure why I haven't looked at the Fusion, lease deals on it don't seem very good, but I've heard it's a good car, never quite liked the styling, but that's subjective.
I still have some test driving to do, but bottom line for $ dictates a lot here.
#784 of 804 Re: 2011 Camry vs. 2010 Accord [irg]
Jun 26, 2010 (5:04 pm)
All Malibus get the 6-speed next year (2011 model), even the base LS.
#785 of 804 Top 10 Best-Selling Cars June 2010
Jul 02, 2010 (5:34 am)
1. Ford F-Series: 46,502
2. Chevrolet Silverado: 30,994
3. Toyota Camry: 28,435
4. Honda Accord: 26,792 (includes 1,848 Accord Crosstours)
5. Honda Civic: 26,474 (includes hybrid)
6. Toyota Corolla: 21,876
7. Chevrolet Malibu: 20,720
8. Ford Fusion: 18,412
9. Hyundai Sonata: 17,771
10. Honda CR-V: 16,041
I was expecting to see better numbers for the Malibu becuase I see a lot more of them on Boston roads and parking lots. Cars.com says the Malibu's interior is aging rapidly (too much hard plastics) and is being left behind by competitors. Also, the Malibu's price base MSRP has gone from $19,995 to $22,000 making it a relatively pricey model in this segment.
#786 of 804 Re: Top 10 Best-Selling Cars June 2010 [bwia]
Jul 03, 2010 (6:32 am)
The issue with a few GM cars is that they put on the pretty facade, but it gets old fairly quick. They sometimes overdo it. The Malibu is a classy looking car, but for me its no different inside and out than a previous model. Just a new pretty face. Some of the new model GM's have a new look, but when you take them all apart, are they truly new? I would say more than likely not.
I do think if you park a new 2011 Sonata next to a Malibu, the Malibu is going to look slightly dated. I think comparing them all the Malibu is going to look a little overdone.
Sounds like I am disliking the Malibu, but now that it is mentioned that the Malibu has aged already, I would agree. But, then again, I think the Accord and Camry has aged a bit too when compared to other sedans. But, I would pick another car before moving back to a GM product. Too much risk involved, not willing to support GM's money problems. But, thats just me.
#787 of 804 Re: Top 10 Best-Selling Cars June 2010 [bvdj84]
Jul 03, 2010 (8:31 am)
GM's money problems? I hate to tell you they have plenty of money, and a good share of it is yours. How do you expect them to pay you back if everyone has that attitude. At least we are keeping the profits here in the U.S. instead of supporting everyone else but us.