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You are in the Sedans
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Buick Lucerne, Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger, Ford Taurus, Hyundai Azera, Toyota Avalon, Nissan Maxima, Pontiac G8, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#3692 of 6854 Re: Azera VS Maxima and Avalon! [cobrazera]
Nov 15, 2007 (6:58 am)
You know...it's not the V-6's that go into the trucks & SUV's that are the problem. They've always done good with those engines. It's the cars that end up suffering. You have to remember, at one point most of the R&D money went into developing the power trains for the trucks and suv's. The cars suffered greatly and it showed. It wasn't until the American companies started mergine with the foreign companies that they started making strides in the development of better engines and transmissions.
I did state that the 3.5 (so called HO) isn't terrible, but it certainly could be better. I think the best move forward on American V-6's (for cars) will be in the upcoming Pontiac G8 as well as the 2008 Cadillac CTS. Also, the one that's being used in the Saturn Aura/Chevy Malibu is pretty good from what I've seen so far. I think it's the perfect powerplant for that size car.
#3693 of 6854 Re: Who cares about 0-60 times anyway? [tjc78]
Nov 15, 2007 (6:59 am)
I was on the highway last night, I set the cruise control so that the speedo needle was dead on 70 and the tach needle was resting just above the 2K mark. So I would say they are pretty much about the same.
#3694 of 6854 Re: Who cares about 0-60 times anyway? [keitha3]
Nov 15, 2007 (7:07 am)
Keitha3...the only thing I would say about choosing between the Azera and the Charger is to go in knowing what kind of car you're looking for. If you want something with a more athletic leaning...then the Charger is the one for you. If you're looking for a comfortable highway cruiser with touches of luxury...then the Azera will foot that bill.
Do yourself a favor, test drive them both back to back and see which one sways you. I will say this much...don't just take them for a spin around the block. Try and drive them over roads you normally traverse. You've driven them and you know how cars you've had before handled them. If you can swing it, try to spend at least a couple hours with each car to really get a good feel for the cars.
#3695 of 6854 Re: Who cares about 0-60 times anyway? [allmet33]
Nov 15, 2007 (7:12 am)
That is good advice Allmet. When I was comparing the Avalon to Lucerne I had the opportunity to drive them on the exact same roads (dealers were across the street from one another). It really helps when comparing things.
#3696 of 6854 Re: Who cares about 0-60 times anyway? [tjc78]
Nov 15, 2007 (7:24 am)
I bring it up because I've seen postings where folks have complained about something AFTER they've bought a car and it's usually something that would have come up if they had spend a little more time with the vehicle in question. When I bought my Azera, I was able to drive it along my commute route here in the DC area. Trust me, the roads in this area aren't the greatest at all. They gave me the key and told me to go pick my wife up and see how I liked the car. 2 hours later...I was back asking them to let me sign the paperwork.
I did take a look at the Avalon & 500 (at the time) and I even gave the Lucerne consideration. For me...the Avalon was above my budget and the Lucerne and 500, while within budget, just didn't have the power the Azera did. Not to mention, I try to hold onto a car for a long time and the warranty was a huge attraction as well. One good thing with the Mopar products...lifetime powertrain warranty. In the end, it's probably going to come down to the car that evokes a feeling from you. Sorta like that Cadillac CTS commercial, "When you turn the car on, does it return the favor?"
#3697 of 6854 Re: Who cares about 0-60 times anyway? [allmet33]
Nov 15, 2007 (9:58 am)
I would have to say My Charger is better ride then the Azera,I'm not trying to argue,but I'm allowed my opinion.First of all the Charger has a 120 inch wheelbase.Its common knowledge that the longer the wheelbase,the better the ride.My car weighs about the same,so thats a wash.My car has a Mercedes platform,I think we know how a Mercedes rides.Its a known fact that the Azera 06/07 have a bad design front suspension.I want to make sure thats there is a fair comparison.Once again you wont accept that the 3.5 is a H.O. what a shame.I would like to say we will never agree,so this could go forever and I for one don't want that to happen.Until you stop putting down the Charger I will continue.