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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
#15348 of 20244 Chevy Malibu rental
Aug 03, 2010 (8:29 pm)
Just returned from San Diego where I rented a 2010 Malibu for 5 days. Never been a big fan of the styling so had not driven one before. Here are some of my likes and dislikes.
1. Very quiet at cruising speeds on freeways.
2. Decent interior material quality.
3. IMO got pretty good mpg. Drove 202 miles in mostly city type driving and up and down lots of hills. Got avg of 22.44mpg based on the fill up but it could have been a little short when I picked it up so it may have been better than I'm reporting.
4. Seats were comfortable and gave decent support both for cruising and cornering.
5. Sound system was good but the RDS display only showed one word at a time which I didn't care for. Liked the constantly visible presets.
1. Narrow windows limited visibility.
2. Large A pillars further limited visibility.
3. Large B pillars further limited visibility.
4. Seemingly huge turning radius as it seemed I was constantly having to jockey back and forth in parking lots. Absolutely hated parking the thing between the visibility and turning radius.
5. Didn't really like the feel of the electric steering but could get used to it.
6. Rear visibility wasn't the best either.
7. Speedo/tach seemed a little on the cheap side but then I think most of Ford's speedos/tachs are kind of chincy looking too. Just a personal preference probably.
All in all, I would never buy one because of the turning radius and visiblity problems. I even commented to the DW that "I hate parking this thing". There was also a very distinct lag in pushing on gas and transmission taking hold, like a discernable clunk. I assume this was a problem in this particular car as I've never heard any reviews where the problem was noted. Not a bad rental car.
#15349 of 20244 Re: 2011 Mazda6 [aviboy97]
Aug 03, 2010 (8:51 pm)
Thanks a bunch! Just the information I was looking for just got a couple of questions :
-Are the folding mirrors are powered?
-Any news about a piano black trim?
-On a GT model with nav, where would the rear view camera be if it is added to both the MID and 7 inch touch screen
I went to a local dealer to see a 6s GT and the sales person told me that the navigation would require the dvd in the slot to work, but then were do I put my CD? He said that when using the nav I would need to either stream music via blue tooth or use an external MP3 player with the aux jack. It just makes no sense to me that Mazda would make a system this dumb. Music and nav would be 2 of the 3 most commonly used features while driving (the AC being the other).
#15350 of 20244 Re: Sonata or Optima [explorerx4]
Aug 04, 2010 (3:26 am)
Thanks for your input. Like any question, there are many possible answers. Yours was of great help.
#15351 of 20244 Re: netranger4... [mz6greyghost]
Aug 04, 2010 (3:36 am)
He buys all the domestic makes. His comments about 'junk' are not targeted at any specific brand. Since used car markets are regional, some markets can move more used than new and vice versa. What sells in Peoria may not sell in Poughkeepsie.
I agree that CFC took out a lot of used cars, trucks and suv's. Most of those would have ended up on tertiary lots where the junk yard tow truck was their next best friend.
Thanks for your comments.
#15352 of 20244 Re: netranger4... [m6user]
Aug 04, 2010 (3:45 am)
You are spot on, m6user. He was an independent dealer (late model used) for a long time before buying for a major dealer who moves huge volumes of new and used each month.
He went to one auction recently looking for about six cars and came back with one.
That says a lot.
Thanks for your reply.
#15353 of 20244 Re: netranger4... [akirby]
Aug 04, 2010 (3:57 am)
Makes sense to me. With the manufacturers keeping numerous plants off line, the operating plants are loaded with orders. Living in the middle of the automobile producing region the comments I hear go like this:
We ordered 100 new brand X's. The factory rep said 'Good luck in getting them any time soon, the plants' booked solid for that model/equipment."
"Jason went to the auctions this week, came back with zero cars."
That seems to be the norm for this area.
#15354 of 20244 Re: 2011 Mazda6 [kaliforniak]
Aug 04, 2010 (5:03 am)
I doubt that is accurate. I'm sure you load the DVD once and leave it there, either through the CD slot or in a separate slot in the glovebox or trunk.
#15355 of 20244 Re: 2011 Mazda6 [kaliforniak]
Aug 04, 2010 (7:08 am)
I went to a local dealer to see a 6s GT and the sales person told me that the navigation would require the dvd in the slot to work, but then were do I put my CD? He said that when using the nav I would need to either stream music via blue tooth or use an external MP3 player with the aux jack
The salesperson was wrong.
When the nav screen folds down, there is a CD slot and map DVD slot below that.
#15356 of 20244 Re: 2011 Mazda6 [mz6greyghost]
Aug 04, 2010 (8:34 am)
I have seen those pic's too. Mazda6club I believe?
While the changes are not significant, Mazda has dedicated themselves to constant refreshing since they broke away from Ford. They don't want a stale product line. Something can be said for that, IMO.
As I mentioned, the fuel economy is the biggest improvement for me.
#15357 of 20244 Re: 2011 Mazda6 [aviboy97]
Aug 05, 2010 (9:09 am)
While the changes are not significant, Mazda has dedicated themselves to constant refreshing since they broke away from Ford.
What? Exactly how is this any different from Mazda when under Ford's "control"? They refreshed the 6 and the 3 after a couple of years in their last gen too. This is suddenly fresher now? You don't think slow sales might be a significant factor in this slight refresh?
You may have noticed that Ford has been refreshing its vehicles nearly every year too and the two companies still collaborate. You make it sound like Ford was holding them back when in fact Mazda would be 6 feet under if not for FMC.