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Buick Lucerne, Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger, Ford Taurus, Hyundai Azera, Toyota Avalon, Nissan Maxima, Pontiac G8, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#6580 of 6854 Best at: ? Worst at: ?
Jul 03, 2008 (9:04 am)
I'm a little bit bored today, so thought I might take a look and create a Pro/Con list for the competitors here. Feel free to comment; I'm just trying to create conversation. I'm singling out the most obvious pros/cons
Buick Lucerne V6
Pro: Classy Styling
Con: Power/Economy (Soon to be helped with the 3.9L), Languid Handling
Buick Lucerne V8
Pro: Classy Styling, V8 available at Toyota V6 price (some people wouldn't have a 6-cylinder)
Con: Poor Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Impala V6 (3.5/3.9L)
Pro: Torquey engines, big rebates
Con: Small Interior, Wide-Ratio 4-speed Automatic
Chevrolet Impala SS
Pro: Old-School V8 Power and Sound at Accord V6 Prices
Con: Fuel Economy, Small Interior
Dodge Charger V6
Pro: Muscle-Car Design
Con: Cheap Interior, fuel economy (lower than the Impala SS!)
Dodge Charger V8
Pro: Hemi Power, Aggressive Styling
Con: Fuel Economy, Interior not up-to-par considering price
Pro: Huge Interior Space and Comfort, Unique high seating position, Sync
Con: Exterior Styling awkward from several angles
Pro: Upscale Interior Feel, Warranty
Con: Droopy Rear-End Styling
Pro: 3.5L V6 Power and Economy, Available Lux Features
Con: Price, Option Packaging, Front-end styling
2009 Nissan Maxima and Pontiac G8 are too new to know (never been in them!).
#6581 of 6854 Re: Best at: ? Worst at: ? [thegraduate]
Jul 03, 2008 (9:38 am)
Wow...if the only con for the Azera is droopy rear-end styling (compared to the cons on the othe vehicles)...that's not bad at all! However, a pro that's left out is it's bang-for-buck quotient.
#6582 of 6854 Re: Best at: ? Worst at: ? [allmet33]
Jul 03, 2008 (9:39 am)
I have very limited experience with the Azera, so to me, that is currently its biggest con. I always think of "O Brother Where Art Thou" when I see those cars, because the band in that movie is the "Soggy Bottom Boys."
EDIT: I got the name wrong indeed! I corrected it.
#6583 of 6854 "O Brother Where Art Thou/thegraduate
Jul 03, 2008 (10:41 am)
The band was "Soggy Bottom Boys", so I don't know where this puts the Azera.
I have an 07 XL Avalon that came with leather, heated seats, etc., and a decent sticker price.
I just finished almost 800 miles of interstate At 75 mph and full air. I got 31+ MPG all the way. I don't know much about the "cons", but this car definitely has a lot of "pros"....power, economy, lots of room, decent styling.....a great road car.
#6584 of 6854 Re: "O Brother Where Art Thou/thegraduate [popsavalon]
Jul 03, 2008 (10:58 am)
"Decent Sticker Price" is up for debate. Would you mind sharing how much? The reason I ask is that my folks just bought a new car with leather, Dual Climate Control, etc... as well.
#6585 of 6854 Re: "O Brother Where Art Thou/thegraduate [thegraduate]
Jul 03, 2008 (2:36 pm)
Yeah, you might want to put "fuel economy" on both the Taurus and the Azera as pros........
Both do as well as the 08 Accord V6 on "real world mpg" as far as highway driving goes..
As far as EPA ratings go, the Taurus is 18/28, which is towards the top of the "midsize" class in rating, let alone the full size. The Azera for 09 is 17/26 which is also in the midsize range, though not quite up to Taurus snuff for rating, however, the "Real World MPG" thread has several folks reporting better than 30 mpg on their highway driving......
#6586 of 6854 Re: "O Brother Where Art Thou/thegraduate [auld_dawg]
Jul 03, 2008 (4:52 pm)
Sticker was $30013-. I was able to get heated leather and 6 CD player in an XL. I did not want moon roof or navigation. I liked the brushed metal interior in the XL much better than the funky woodgrain, just personal preference.
#6587 of 6854 Re: Best at: ? Worst at: ? [thegraduate]
Jul 03, 2008 (6:18 pm)
I have an 06 Charger SXT 3.5L and the fuel economy isn't bad.
I usually get 18 mpg all city and 27 highway.
Based on the new fuel economy ratings the Charger 3.5L gets 17/24 and the Impala V8 SS gets 16/24. Real world numbers are probably worst for the Impala.
#6588 of 6854 Re: "O Brother Where Art Thou/thegraduate [popsavalon]
Jul 04, 2008 (10:02 am)
Sticker was over $30k. Is that what you paid?