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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
#13410 of 18184 Nissan Altima or Chevy Malibu
Dec 22, 2009 (9:32 am)
I'm replacing a 2000 Honda SE with 86k on it. The trans is dying and I don't want to replace. I've narrowed it down to 2 choices, both with V6:
Nissan Altima 3.5 SR with all the bells and whistles OR
Chevrolet Malibu LTZ
I just can't decide. I like them both and there isn't much price difference. I tend to keep my cars for ten years.
The Nissan is sportier but I am impressed with the Chevy.
Chevy dealer is 20 miles, Nissan is 45 miles away from home.
#13411 of 18184 Re: Nissan Altima or Chevy Malibu [alicebettyanna]
Dec 22, 2009 (10:11 am)
Well, if you like both vehicles, start looking at secondary things about the cars:
Do you want a Navigation System? The Malibu doesn't offer a Navigation Screen, instead relying on On-Star subscriptions.
How does fuel expense compare? Doesn't the Altima 3.5L require premium? The Malibu doesn't have the best EPA ratings thanks to being a heavy car, either.
How much will these vehicles cost to insure?
The Malibu felt snug to me (I'm 6'5" though), and was disappointing to me that it didn't offer a rear armrest in the top model, something my very basic 14 year old Accord offers.
How do you like the interior storage space? Can you find buttons, cubbies, and cupholders well at night? How about headlight performance at night?
I know these are all really nit-picky questions, but asking yourself these now may save you from wishing you'd picked "the other car" down the road. I personally like them both, but in the end (to me) the Altima is too pricey and the Malibu too small, so I'd pick neither.
#13412 of 18184 Re: Nissan Altima or Chevy Malibu [alicebettyanna]
Dec 22, 2009 (10:33 am)
The distance to the dealer could be significant, if you plan to live where you do now for a long time, given how long you own a car. Although if you have a good mechanic near you, that can be less of a problem once the warranty expires.
You really should be able to get a great deal on the Malibu right now. Also, Chevy is offering (I think) their 60-day test drive, so if it turns out you don't like the Malibu after living with it for awhile, you could return it. Not so with the Altima.
#13413 of 18184 Re: Nissan Altima or Chevy Malibu [alicebettyanna]
Dec 22, 2009 (10:35 am)
#13414 of 18184 Re: Nissan Altima or Chevy Malibu [thegraduate]
Dec 22, 2009 (10:43 am)
Thanks for replying. For some reason, the Chevy is slightly more to insure. I like the nav. system, not on Chevy but the Onstar would be good too. We drove the Taurus and were very impressed but it's just too big for me, and there is a blind spot issue. It is sweet thoug . As for the highly rated Fushion, it's gorgeous but just didn't fit me right. At 5: 5", I was hitting my head getting in and at 6'1", my husband's head was right at the ceiling.
Yes, the Altima does require premium but that isn't a deal breaker for me.
Being in the midwest, I really would like to support Ford or GM. I think I would be happy with either. I tend to buy new and keep for 10 years. I'm kind of irrated with Honda that their trans. died with such low mileage. I think HOnda's are usually reliable but boring.
#13415 of 18184 Re: Nissan Altima or Chevy Malibu [alicebettyanna]
Dec 22, 2009 (11:06 am)
The Altima has a CVT transmission that I have read has some issues with the power and torque of the V6. If it does break it appears it is replaced ...not fixed, read $xpensive. If you are keeping it long term that may be a very big aspect especially since you don't like tranny problems.
You sound like you like bells and whistles, power and sportiness, that sounds like a Mazda6. It is very comparable to the Altima in handling, has a big cabin, great power and pretty nice styling. It has some options not even offered on some other midsizers that may interest you as well. I'd take a look.
I have an '07 Mazda6 that has almost 40k miles and has not been back to the dealer except for a tailpipe hanger adjustment during it's first oil change.
#13416 of 18184 Re: Nissan Altima or Chevy Malibu [alicebettyanna]
Dec 22, 2009 (11:10 am)
As for the highly rated Fushion, it's gorgeous but just didn't fit me right. At 5: 5", I was hitting my head getting in and at 6'1", my husband's head was right at the ceiling.
I'm 5'11" and even with a sunroof my head doesn't come near the headliner. Maybe you just needed to lower the seat?
#13417 of 18184 Re: Nissan Altima or Chevy Malibu [alicebettyanna]
Dec 22, 2009 (11:44 am)
Being in the midwest, I really would like to support Ford or GM.
Just be sure to check out where the car was made. Also, at the same time, be sure to check what % of the parts used to assemble it are made in North America. This information is all on the stickers, or you can find out on-line. You may be pleasantly (or unpleasantly) surprised at some cars!
#13418 of 18184 Re: Nissan Altima or Chevy Malibu [mcdawgg]
Dec 22, 2009 (12:25 pm)
It does seem we are in the global car market, for sure. The Ford Fushion is made in Mexico, with Japanese parts. The Nissan uses Jap parts/tran but made here. The Chevy is assembled here, didn't catch where the parts were made.
It's like grocery shopping, same thing, you buy salmon for dinner and decide if you want Chinese farm raised or Alaskan wild.
#13419 of 18184 Re: Nissan Altima or Chevy Malibu [mcdawgg]
Dec 22, 2009 (12:34 pm)
When you support Ford or GM it does not mean you can only buy them if they are made here in the states. The profit made from these cars does come to the USA and last I checked Ford has a ton of employees working here in the states. As companies get global you will see them produce cars where ever it makes sense. I just do not understand people bashing Ford for producing cars in other places when all they are trying to do is compete with the Foreign Companies? At the end of the day its about the ratings and what you like and the best bang for the buck.