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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
#13550 of 20239 Re: Chevy to slash Malibu Prices! [dodgeman07]
Jan 09, 2010 (5:15 am)
Wow, I didn't realize that the Malibu is more expensive than the Accord or Altima. I think GM lowered their inflated prices in late 2004 already...may be they didn't cut them enough?
Invoice base Malibu LS----$21,890
Invoice base Accord LX----$20,533
Invoice base Altima 2.5S--$21,196
I can understand that the Altima costs a little more than the Accord b/c of the Intelligent key and dual exhaust but I don't see any special extras in the Malibu.
#13551 of 20239 Re: Chevy to slash Malibu Prices! [gooddeal2]
Jan 09, 2010 (8:04 am)
Well, there's OnStar on the Malibu, and a 6AT (is that standard now?), but are those worth $1400 more than an Accord considering the Accord's historically high resale value? Apparently not!
#13552 of 20239 Re: Chevy to slash Malibu Prices! [backy]
Jan 09, 2010 (8:08 am)
Only 4AT for the LS. I don't really count the OnStar b/c you need to pay after the first year and I don't think you will use that often for a brand new car.
#13553 of 20239 Re: Chevy to slash Malibu Prices! [gooddeal2]
Jan 09, 2010 (8:12 am)
OnStar is a navigation system (sort of) along with the emergency call feature, so it's very likely it will be used by owners in the first year. As for the emergency features... I suppose GM would assert that if you only use it once, it will more than pay for itself.
You have to pay for the satellite radio fees on cars so equipped (e.g. Sonata) after the first year or so, so I suppose we should discount that feature on mid-sized cars also.
#13554 of 20239 Re: Chevy to slash Malibu Prices! [backy]
Jan 09, 2010 (8:38 am)
Hmm, I was thinking it's more for the emergency services? Can you use at least the Nav feature after 1 year if you don't want to pay the fee?
...I check OnStar website, $200/year for safe& sound and $300/year if you want to add the Nav.
#13555 of 20239 Re: Chevy to slash Malibu Prices! [gooddeal2]
Jan 09, 2010 (8:44 am)
Don't know, maybe someone who has a GM car with OnStar can tell us.
#13556 of 20239 Re: Chevy to slash Malibu Prices! [backy]
Jan 09, 2010 (9:09 am)
Those OnStar commercials always scare me. Those cars always crash!
#13557 of 20239 Re: Chevy to slash Malibu Prices! [xmech]
Jan 09, 2010 (9:14 am)
Another cool feature is that they can unlock your car doors should you lock your keys inside. My in-laws have used that a couple of times. Not sure it is worth the cost though.
#13558 of 20239 Re: Nissan Altima or Chevy Malibu [m6user]
Jan 09, 2010 (10:39 am)
Suburu labels the Outback as a SUV so that is good enough for me as it is apparent they aren't grouping sales together.
But they are lumped together. They were combined in the WJS list of cars with largest sales. There was a post that implied that the Subaru was a much bigger seller than the Mazda6 (which no longer has a wagon or hatch version in the US, btw), that claim appears to have been based on sales of Outback+Legacy.
#13559 of 20239 Re: Chevy to slash Malibu Prices! [tallman1]
Jan 09, 2010 (1:46 pm)
Another cool feature is that they can unlock your car doors should you lock your keys inside.
Let's see - would you rather call OnStar (if you didn't lock your cell phone in the car), identify yourself and wait several minutes for the satellite to unlock your door (assuming you have satellite coverage)
punch in 5 numbers on Ford/Lincoln keypad and be on your way in 10 seconds?
Also with OnStar you have to essentially buy an extra cell line. With Sync you use your existing phone and it makes a local 911 call. OnStar goes to a national number.
And has everyone seen the new MyFord and MyLincoln interfaces? Wow. Just Wow. Blows away everything else out there including BMW, Audi and Mercedes.