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Honda Civic, Hyundai Sonata, Coupe, Sedan
#71 of 151 Re: CIVIC VS ELANTRA [targettuning]
Aug 11, 2006 (8:57 am)
That's good to know but for me well, I tend to keep my cars for a long time. My family now owns three Hyundias, a 2002 Elantra, 2002 Sonata and a new 2006 Sonata. All have been bulletproof which is why I keep buying them . As far as Hyundias not having as high of brand acceptance as Honda or Toyota, thats great!!. Thats the reason I'm not paying a HUGE premium that I would have to pay if I had bought either the Hondas or Toyotas. Heck I love it when I see owners buying Econaboxes like the civic or Corolla for 2-3 thousand more than I paid for my latest Sonata and I get the better warranty protection to boot.
#72 of 151 Civic vs. Sonata - it's your money
Aug 24, 2006 (8:24 am)
Well it may be "incredibly easy" to get a good deal on a Honda in TX, but in AZ it is not. We shopped for a 2006 Civic and a 2006 Sonata - the Honda dealers do not want to deal. Plus no rebates. In comparison, the Hyundai dealers want to deal and Hyundai provides generous rebates. We purchased a brand-new 2006 Sonata - 4 banger with an auto for $13,800.00! Try to buy any new Honda for that price (maybe you could get a stripped Fit). Also when you factor in the standard features and warranty, the Sonata wins hands down.
#73 of 151 Re: Civic vs. Sonata - it's your money [doug35]
Aug 24, 2006 (4:39 pm)
You get more metal and a bigger back seat for the money with the Sonata.
Whether a Civic is worth it depends on how much value you give to fuel economy.
The Civic gets 30 city 40 highway.
I don't think there is another automatic vehicle other than a much more expensive hybrid that is at least as comfortable as a Civic that gets better fuel economy for less money.
The Corolla is the only car with close gas mileage, but it's a much older design that's noisy and less comfortable.
If you want a car as comfortable or more comfortable than a Civic sedan with better fuel economy, you have to look at a Prius or Camry hybrid.
Even most/all subcompacts with automatic transmission get lower fuel economy than a Civic and don't even offer cruise control.
#74 of 151 Civic is an impressive, overpriced car
Aug 25, 2006 (10:08 am)
Like you, I am very impressed with the Civic's gas mileage rating. The Sonata 4 with auto trans gets 24 city/33 highway mpg - but when you factor in the real-world price difference that I experienced: $5000.00, you can see why I chose the bigger, quieter, better optioned Sonata. I am the first one to admit, the Honda Civic is a stunning car - but it is also overpriced. The rear suspension problem also sounds troubling. Maybe they will get it sorted out in the next year or two. If mileage and price are the two most important factors, I would look at the Nissan Versa.
#75 of 151 Re: Civic is an impressive, overpriced car [doug35]
Aug 25, 2006 (3:33 pm)
Nissan Versa is a curious choice or consideration for anyone who mentions reliability as being a negative aspect of a Honda Civic.
"I heard of some problems with the Honda Civic, so I think I'll go buy a first year Versa (which I assume will have less problems)!"
The Renault/Nissan new car is likely to have more, not less problems. At the least, you should wait for a year to see what owners report for problems.
It is also kind of ugly too.
#76 of 151 Re: Civic vs. Sonata - it's your money [doug35]
Aug 25, 2006 (4:36 pm)
Don't know what part of Tx heel2toe was talking about but none of the dealers in the San Antonio or Houston area were willing to go below invoice but then I haven't seen any Hyundai dealers selling Sonata's for $13,800.00 either, more like 1 percent over invoice on the GLS four cylinder. You got a heck of a deal
#77 of 151 sonata>civic any time any day
Aug 25, 2006 (9:28 pm)
my GF has it and i drive it daily, and i'm thoroughly disappointed by her civic. we reget buying civic(yes, we did crossshop)over sonata lx(18.7k OTD), which was cheaper than civic lx(19.3k OTD).
we are taking it to the service because we have a strange noise when we reverse, more than usual vibration, and very weak AC. we get about 22-24/32-35 which is better than sonata, but not as good as it is advertised.
i can't help to think that this is just another a 15k car with very good looks and very very good looking interior. except she bought it for 19k.
we really really miss sonata's accelaration, comfort, size, warranty, and etc. and i have to say sonata has a better build quality even though civic has a better material.
#78 of 151 Re: sonata>civic any time any day [wolverinejoe80]
Aug 26, 2006 (2:55 am)
sonata has a better build quality
Wonder if that is due to the fact that the Sonata is put together by robots....that don't have hangovers, bad days, etc.
#79 of 151 Civic vs Hyundai
Aug 26, 2006 (2:01 pm)
I own a 2001 Hyundai xg300.I bought new.It looks brand new and has only 24,000 miles on it.Having nothing to do one day I stopped in a Honda dealer to look at their cars,and test drove a '06 Civic.Not bad,told salesman just looking.He said when I was ready to deal,to sell my car first they didn't want my XG as a trade in,since it wasn't worth anything,I said fine I'buy a Sonata,Hyundai will give me a much better car and decent trade in.What arragence.
#80 of 151 Re: Civic vs Hyundai [senior]
Aug 26, 2006 (3:28 pm)
I've found arrogance at Honda, Toyota and Nissan dealers. Maybe if I had gone to Ford and Chevy dealers I would have gotten the same thing. The Chrysler dealers were pleasant enough, got to drive anything I wanted. Of course at that time a Hyundai never even entered my consciousness. The more I read, the more road tests I watch on Edmund's the better I feel that I made the right choice buying a Sonata. The dealer seems genuinely interested in my repeat business. They seem competent, though I haven't had to really use them much. I have dealt with the local Ford, Chrysler, Dodge and Chevrolet dealers in the past and they have left me from luke warm to raging in their service of past vehicles. Time will tell.