Last post on Dec 13, 2013 at 4:35 PM
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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
#17830 of 20249 Re: Automobile magazine [explorerx4]
Mar 25, 2013 (2:36 am)
I've been in a previous generation Camry, Fusion, and Altima, and it equals or exceeds those. But I've not yet been in the new generations of those cars.
#17831 of 20249 Optima snow performance.....(EX w/17" Tires).
Mar 25, 2013 (3:40 am)
Hi guys. It snowed in the DC region this morning, and VDOT did not treat the roads as there was only a 30% chance.....
This was the first time I have driven my car in the snow, and I was pleasantly surprised. The car stayed planted and I had no trouble climbing a few very steep hills in the area with 4" of packed, untreated snow. FYI. The highway was a slushy mess and I still felt very secure, even when changing lanes and crossing over the ridges between lanes.
Mar 25, 2013 (6:59 pm)
Driving through a series of some favorite corners today at double the suggested 35 mph speed the 6 was glued to the road. Even with all the winter sand scattered about.
Over 300 miles and cannot find a fault, though still in the honeymoon phase . Can't wait to drive it hard after some more variable rpm break-in driving.
#17833 of 20249 Re: Mazda 6 Sport AT [tundradweller1]
Mar 26, 2013 (2:07 pm)
I'm still in the honeymoon phase after 15k! I look forward to my morning commute; just for the pure pleasure of a drive in to the city. The exit I take puts me in a downhill sweeper with a fast left bend that puts you around the Pentagon (the side that got hit by the plane on 9/11)...and I always see other guys enjoying it as much as I do. then it's 1 mile to the Memorial bridge. Fast, fun, and a great view!
Mar 26, 2013 (5:29 pm)
Picked my Fusion Feb 28th. Finally filled it up for the first time on Monday.
The fuel gauge was not down to empty, but the DTE was at zero when I started it up.
It only took 12.5 gallons, so now that I have reset everything, maybe I'll get some more accurate readings.
This car has some power. When I first noticed the speedometer goes up to 160, I thought 'yeah right'. I'm sure the top speed is limited, but...
It kind of reminds me of my first SHO, which was good for 140, but this car has 20% more power.
The Fusion weighs a lot more, though.
#17835 of 20249 Re: first fill up [explorerx4]
Mar 27, 2013 (2:31 pm)
The printed top speed for the Fusion, by Car and Driver, was 120 mph. The article listed both the 1.6 and the 2.0 EcoBoost engines.
The article is here: http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2013-ford-fusion-16-and-20-ecoboost-first-dr- ive-review
To be honest, it sounds a little low for the 2.0. model, but top speed has a LOT more to do with tire rating than it does with capability. My car's top speed is 131 mph. Chances are I will never see it, but it's good to know in case I am running from the feds.
#17837 of 20249 Re: first fill up [puppybone69]
Mar 28, 2013 (9:50 am)
Oh yeah, I totally agree. These cars are very aerodynamic and efficient, and have more gears than we could've imagined. I was just quoting the specs, not capability. Almost all of the reviews I have read govern the cars based on the tire specs. Some cars just run out of steam, others are governed.
I don't think my car has a prayer, with only 200hp, of topping 130. I bet you are right on the money on the swoopy new Fusion 2.0 at 150mph. I read that it has a. 27 drag co-efficient. Only super-cars used to have that kind of aerodynamics. Plus of course it has 40 more HP, and a ton more torque.
#17838 of 20249 Re: first fill up [cski]
Mar 28, 2013 (2:38 pm)
Only super-cars used to have that kind of aerodynamics.
Actually I think it's the opposite...usually the super cars have a very bad drag co-efficient. The only one I remember was the Bugatti...at about .40.
I think it's the huge tires and down force which give a bad co-efficient...still has enough power to get the job done
#17839 of 20249 modern drag co-efficiants
Mar 28, 2013 (3:51 pm)
Yes!, The Veyron has active aerodynamics depending on the driving situation. The wing pops up at certain speeds and at different angles, plus it acts as an air-brake during deceleration. What I am attempting to say is just how much of a technologically advanced car we can get for 20 to 30 grand.
Here is an except from wiki answers on drag: "The average modern automobile achieves a drag coefficient of between 0.30 and 0.35. SUVs, with their typically boxy shapes, typically achieve a Cd of 0.35–0.45. The drag coefficient of a vehicle is impacted by the shape of body of the vehicle. Various other characteristics impact the coefficient of drag as well, and are taken into account in these examples. Some sports cars have a surprisingly high value for a drag coefficient, but this is to compensate for the amount of lift the vehicle generates, while others use aerodynamics to their advantage to gain speed and have much lower coefficients of drag".