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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
#15723 of 20223 Re: 2011 Sonata [cannon3]
Oct 16, 2010 (12:22 pm)
If you want to get nit-picky about it, than the correct thing to say is, "Americans assemble the vehicle and make 43% of its parts--including the engine (and soon the transmission)."
Find any machine these days of any size/complexity that has all of its parts made in the USA. I'll bet there's few if any of them. Even some "American" cars like the Ford Fusion have relatively low American parts content. But it's assembled in Mexico. Does that make the Sonata more "American" than the Fusion??
#15725 of 20223 Sonata Hybrid Test Drive Review
Oct 18, 2010 (10:21 am)
Note the revised front end that differs from the pre-production model.
Sonata Hybrid Review
#15726 of 20223 Re: Sonata Hybrid Test Drive Review [ergsum]
Oct 18, 2010 (10:02 am)
Like it. The hood is a little less melted look than normal Sonata and looks a lot better than most other hybrids. Noticed that they didn't give the steering wheel the beige insert to match the seats and it looks a hell of a lot better than the color treatment in the normal Sonata. The tranny should give a lot more of a regular car drive experience.
I'm anxious to see what the Optima Hybrid looks like. Haven't really seen thing on that, even pre-production.
#15727 of 20223 Re: Sonata Hybrid Test Drive Review [m6user]
Oct 18, 2010 (10:30 am)
Ditto on the Optima Hybrid. I like the Sonata Hybrid looks, and again some high praise in that article for the car overall and the hybrid drive train and batteries. Personally, I'd kill that chrome piece in front and remove that black plastic bar across the front. It'd look even better.
In any case, another hit for Hyundai looks like.
#15728 of 20223 Re: Sonata Hybrid Test Drive Review [dash5]
Oct 18, 2010 (4:44 pm)
Yeah, that chrome piece on the hood reminds of some after-market add on.
#15729 of 20223 The 2011 Buick Regal
Oct 19, 2010 (8:30 am)
So what does everyone think of the new Regal in terms of classification. I personally have it on my list along with the Kia Optima, Sonata and Ford Fusion. It will cost more at the high end but it already fits in under 30k and they will be adding lower end models (soon?).
Anyone else cross shopping the Buick in with the other midsized sedans?
It's going to come down to test drives and I'm really hoping to get the process going by year end but waiting on all the new cars coming out is taking quite a while.
#15730 of 20223 Re: The 2011 Buick Regal [dash5]
Oct 19, 2010 (11:13 am)
The question really boils down to whether there exists such a market. At $27k it's a very appealing alternative to a Sonata Limited or an Accord EX-L. At $30k it's a tough sell against an Acura TSX. At $33k it's a no-go against an Infiniti G37.
#15731 of 20223 Re: The 2011 Buick Regal [stephen987]
Oct 20, 2010 (9:48 am)
I'm seeing the Buick pop up all over with comparisons to the Sonata 2.0T. They are pretty close in price and offer turbo 4's instead of a V6. I think a lot of people will cross shop them.
#15732 of 20223 Re: The 2011 Buick Regal [dash5]
Oct 20, 2010 (9:59 am)
I agree with you. There is only about a 2k price difference in the Sonata LTD turbo and the Regal CXL turbo and they are equipped very similar with both having a couple of pluses that the other doesn't. With the Sonata you get better mpg and power and with the Buick you get a tighter, euro type handling drive and a little more upscale interior from a materials aspect. Warranties are even somewhat similar but obviously the Hyundai holds the lead there.
Just because Buick markets itself as the next premium brand, I think it's still in the inbetween land and will be looked at by both mainstream midsize buyers and premium brand buyers looking to save a few bucks. Don't know if either will buy it though....that the big question.