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Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, Mazda MAZDA6, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima, Car Comparisons, Sedan
Aug 03, 2009 (8:50 am)
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#12799 of 20193 Re: CR update on mid-sized sedans [mickeyrom]
Aug 03, 2009 (9:05 am)
I was surprised the Optima LX I4 ranked ahead of the Fusion I4 (SE). I can't think of many areas where the Optima is better than the Fusion--maybe rear seat comfort, interior quality (although the 2010 Fusion is improved there), some controls/displays, and that's about it. The Fusion has superior fuel economy, superior crash test scores (but not by much), and is at least equal if not better than the Optima in ride/handling quality. Both have been reliable (although that doesn't enter into the CR points scheme), and both have a good dollop of standard safety equipment including six airbags, ABS, and ESC. I prefer the looks of the Optima, but CR doesn't take styling into account in their ratings (or junk like "gotta have it"). The Optima does have a longer warranty, and that may count for something in CR's scoring.
#12800 of 20193 Re: CR update on mid-sized sedans [backy]
Aug 03, 2009 (9:49 am)
It is rather ridiculous that CR gives a total score, but never reveals how they arrive at it. Is it really asking too much for them to list this?
At least the publications that do give points for things like "gotta have it" provide the numbers for each area that they totaled up to get a final score.
#12801 of 20193 Re: CR update on mid-sized sedans [jeffyscott]
Aug 03, 2009 (9:55 am)
CR does provide a breakdown by scoring category, but it's via the colored dots instead of numerical rankings. I'd like to see more details on how CR arrives at its point totals. If it's between not publishing the points for each criterion or having ridiculous criteria like "gotta have it", I'd opt for the former.
#12802 of 20193 Ford is on a roll
Aug 04, 2009 (5:06 pm)
There is an article on the net, for some reason I cannot link it. Says Ford Motor Company has cut its factory operating costs by 50% over the last 2-3 years. This is great news for Ford and its being able to re-pay loans.
#12803 of 20193 2009 Maxima SV vs 2009 Altima 3.5SL
Aug 06, 2009 (5:23 pm)
I'm interested in getting either a 2009 Maxima SV with tech but without sport and premium packages or a fully loaded 3.5SL altima; both are really nice cars and what ever one I get will be determined which one nissan is giving a better deal on at the time I go; I'm curious to know if anyone has test driven both these vehicles and if one vehicle has a better ride quality than the other in regards to control, bumpiness, etc? I know both have independent suspensions without a sports tuned suspension but I wanted to know if the max with its wider and bigger wheels would give a more bumpy ride than the 3.5SL altima?
#12804 of 20193 Re: 2009 Maxima SV vs 2009 Altima 3.5SL [smarty666]
Aug 06, 2009 (7:23 pm)
The only way to determine which YOU like best is to test drive them both over the same test drive roads.
#12805 of 20193 Re: 2009 Maxima SV vs 2009 Altima 3.5SL [bhmr59]
Aug 06, 2009 (8:11 pm)
I second that. One man's cushy is another man's sporty.
Also, the Altima SL is not the "sport-tuned" model; it's the more plush model. The SE is going to be your sportier choice. Just a small heads-up.
#12806 of 20193 Re: 2009 Maxima SV vs 2009 Altima 3.5SL [smarty666]
Aug 07, 2009 (4:28 am)
If you're buying based on price - what difference does it make?
#12807 of 20193 Re: 2009 Maxima SV vs 2009 Altima 3.5SL [thegraduate]
Aug 07, 2009 (6:00 am)
Thanks for the info, most likely if I can afford it I'll go with the max because it is such a pain in the butt to get a 3.5SL altima with the color combo you want because Nissan makes so few of them; I'd wish they would increase production on 3.5SL's because not everyone who wants an altima with a V6 wants to have a choppy firm ride that you get with the 3.5SE and you see more of them then you do 3.5SL's; anyway both are great car's but the new body style on the max is just so damn nice!!