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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
#15207 of 20239 Re: 2011 Accord changes... [backy]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Jun 25, 2010 (7:03 am)
I'm with you, backy. They're ugly and very downmarket-looking.
I have always had an issue with GM's interiors, though they have improved on some of their styling. I still don't like the Malibu's interior a lot, and we have an older Chevy truck to remind us that GM apparently used to get design assistance for all of their vehicles' interiors from Fisher-Price. They stuck with the big, plastic knobs for their controls after competitors had more sleek- and modern-looking interiors. I rented a GM in the early 2000's with an interior that would've looked more at home in this car:
Really turned me off GM vehicles, though I might take a peek when I'm ready to buy again (soon).
#15208 of 20239 Re: 2011 Accord changes... [kirstie_h]
Jun 25, 2010 (7:15 am)
My issue with GM interiors (in addition to what you already said) was their insistence on using that dull light gray plastic. They are doing much better now but still have a ways to go.
Judging by the new Grand Cherokee I think Chrysler is also improving a lot but we'll have to wait and see how much makes it into the midsized cars. Then again, they had nowhere to go but up.
#15209 of 20239 Re: 2011 Accord changes... [akirby]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Jun 25, 2010 (7:20 am)
Yup, that's exactly what they used for our '99 pickup. We bought it (way) used and (way) cheap as a third utility vehicle, so it's not a big deal, but it certainly wouldn't be an asset if we were evaluating the purchase of a replacement for it, or any of our vehicles.
#15210 of 20239 Re: 2011 Accord changes... [dash5]
Jun 25, 2010 (8:30 am)
Toyota interiors are awful and I like the Honda much better.
Right! I had a current version Camry for a week as a loaner while getting my Tundra repaired. I liked the ride and, contrary to a lot of people, thought the exterior styling is low key and stylish in a long lasting sort of way. The thing I didn't like was the cheap look and feel of the interior materials. The door was all scratched up from people trying to access the power windows and scraping rings/watches. The centerstack was real cheap plastic looking as well. The seats were very comfortable but the fabric felt cheap. Just not up to par with earlier versions. Kind of like what GM did to their interiors in the 90s.
Now Honda I think has very nice interiors but the seats could be more comfortable. But design, my god, when is Honda going to hire some decent designers. Just about every vehicle in the Honda and Acura line has just odd proportions and is either ugly or at least not attractive. Maybe the RDX/MDX are OK but everything else is overdone or there is a couple of aspects that just seem to not fit the rest of the vehicle.
#15211 of 20239 Re: 2011 Accord changes... [m6user]
Jun 25, 2010 (8:41 am)
Haven't seat tested either but pictures of both seats look great in leather. If the camry hip point is a bit higher, that would sway me big time-- I am old enough to appreciate the easier in and out.
#15212 of 20239 Re: 2011 Accord changes... [kirstie_h]
Jun 25, 2010 (8:45 am)
There's some nice design elements in the Malibu, but the thing that screams "cheap" to me is the black plastic knobs on the light-colored fascia. That is a common design theme for recent Chevy cars (including Cobalt, but even worse there) and it mars what would otherwise be a decent interior. The LTZ is nicer looking, due to the two-tone treatment and I think the plastic on the center console is darker also. Based on more recent Chevys, including the Equinox and Cruze, I can see they are improving a lot on the interiors.
#15213 of 20239 Re: 2011 Accord changes... [m6user]
Jun 25, 2010 (8:50 am)
Yup my take exactly. I was actually taken aback when I saw the interior of the Camry. I thought "this cant be right". The exterior however I think looks very good, it's a sharp car especially in the higher trim levels. The ride too, I know some people dismiss it as floaty and whatnot but it is what it is and does a very good job of being a comfortable cruiser.
The problem with Honda is they are moving in the wrong direction. The Accords are looking worse and Acura... that new TL is a big turn off for me. I think they took too many hits for a "bland" design on the old TL and went for bold. It didnt pay off in my opinion. Too bad because it could be a hot car, fix the can opener snout and weird looking smiley face rear and they have something.
#15214 of 20239 Re: 2011 Accord changes... [dash5]
Jun 25, 2010 (9:16 am)
My daughter has a 2009 Camry for a company car. It has the a sunroof and the V6 provided by the company and she paid for the JBL sound system. She loves the car and when I drove it I noticed it flies with the V6 and she gets decent mpg. Rides very nice and you don't have to make a million little corrections as it tracks nicely on the interstate. All in all very nice except for the previously noted interior problems. I have a Mazda6 and I like the quick handling but I do notice a lot more bumps and noise then when riding in her Camry.
#15215 of 20239 Drove the Altima today...
Jun 25, 2010 (3:01 pm)
So I test drove an Altima 2.5S today. It had 2 packages on it, sunroof and alloy wheels were on it. Basically equipped exactly like a Camry LE I'm considering that has the sunroof and alloys. The lease though on the Altima is not as competitive. Actually not even that close which surprised me. Surprised the dealer too (all owned by the same company). But the Altima was very nice, I could easily live with it. But Camry will probaly win out due to price (tight budget).
I like the Camry interior, compared to most here I guess. Although compared to my 2006 Impreza base, most things seem like a step up, lulz. I thought the Accord very ordinary. The Malibu looks glitzy, but I'm wondering if I would get tired of it. I went to look at the Ford Fusion too, but all my dealer had was hybrid versions, seems weird. But this is a hybrid kinda town.
#15216 of 20239 Re: Drove the Altima today... [irg]
Jun 26, 2010 (7:03 am)
If you're looking for a good 4-cylinder model, Have you driven the Sonata? Or if you can wait, the '11 Optima?