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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
#13559 of 18228 Re: Chevy to slash Malibu Prices! [tallman1]
Jan 09, 2010 (2:46 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.
#13560 of 18228 Re: Chevy to slash Malibu Prices! [akirby]
Jan 09, 2010 (3:16 pm)
That assumes the person who locked the keys in the car remembers the 5 numbers. If they were capable of locking their keys in the car despite all the safeguards against that, it's possible they won't be able to remember 5 numbers.
#13561 of 18228 Re: Chevy to slash Malibu Prices! [akirby]
Jan 09, 2010 (3:17 pm)
How about neither and instead have the VW system that makes it virtually impossible to accidentally lock your keys in the car, in the first place?
#13562 of 18228 Re: Chevy to slash Malibu Prices! [akirby]
Jan 09, 2010 (3:23 pm)
Yes the new Occupant / Vehicle interfaces are state-of-the-art IMO. As I understand it they come basic, middle and loaded with content. This will be the next area of intense competition IMO. Cars are Cars are Cars now.
Styling is very subjective.
All makers are essentially on the same level in saftey equipment and protection capabilities.
Engines and drivetrains are maxxed out for most in terms of power needs.
Fuel efficiency can always be improved.
Leather? Sunroof? Power Seats? Sales tools of the 90's.
But everybody is going to be trying to attract new tech-savvy buyers with upscale hightech environments.
Also the debut of this new set of features at CES is a brilliant stroke of marketing.
#13563 of 18228 Re: Chevy to slash Malibu Prices! [kdhspyder]
Jan 09, 2010 (3:28 pm)
I wonder when we'll hear more about the Microsoft-sourced system that Hyundai/Kia announced in 2008? No word yet re a specific application, even though some all-new 2010-11 models (Sonata, Tucson) are already out (or nearly so wrt Sonata).
#13564 of 18228 Re: Nissan Altima or Chevy Malibu [jeffyscott]
Jan 09, 2010 (6:00 pm)
I wonder if that is the WSJ adding them together or if that is the way Suburu reports them.
#13565 of 18228 Re: Chevy to slash Malibu Prices! [backy]
Jan 09, 2010 (6:04 pm)
They had a new '11 Sorento at the CES and displayed the new system you're talking about. I read about it on autoblog.com and they had a video of it's operation....pretty slick. Called UVO, very close to SYNC. They said it will be available on the Sorento towards midyear.
#13566 of 18228 Re: Chevy to slash Malibu Prices! [kdhspyder]
Jan 09, 2010 (6:44 pm)
Yes. I love the styling and features of my Fusion, but I would have loved the keyless entry and start like I saw demonstrated to me in the Nissan Sentra. (When gas was $5/gallon and,....) Convenient stuff!
#13567 of 18228 Re: Chevy to slash Malibu Prices! [backy]
Jan 09, 2010 (6:59 pm)
"That assumes the person who locked the keys in the car remembers the 5 numbers. If they were capable of locking their keys in the car despite all the safeguards against that, it's possible they won't be able to remember 5 numbers"
That is the weakest argument I think I have ever seen (above) Can't you just say that Ford built a darn good car for the money? Lets say that you make the code something you can remember like the first 5 numbers of your phone number then I have keyless entry and a sync system that is hands free calling, changing radio stations ect. Hell it will even call 911 if your airbags are deployed and it doesn't cost 1 penny per month service. The 390 watt Sony stereo with the sirius radio isn't bad either. I would say go test drive a 2010 Fusion and you will know what I'm talking about.
#13568 of 18228 Re: Chevy to slash Malibu Prices! [hackattack5]
Jan 09, 2010 (8:39 pm)
I was thinking of someone specific when I made that comment--my DW. I love her, but someone who puts the keys (with remote) in her purse, puts the purse on the passenger seat, opens the driver's door, locks the doors, gets out of the car and closes the driver's door... habitually... I just wonder if she could remember five numbers.
In case you haven't noticed, I've made many positive remarks about the Fusion over the years, and in fact recently noted I would own one now had I been able to find a good deal on a used one on Black Friday. But it was not to be.
And yes, I've driven several Fusions and Milans, and I like how they drive. I'm not a big fan of superpowered audio systems in cars, since I can blow my ears out with ordinary systems set at fairly low volume if I want to, but I know those appeal to many buyers.