Last post on Nov 28, 2013 at 10:36 AM
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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
#18190 of 20165 Re: 2014 Ford Fusion [tundradweller1]
May 21, 2013 (6:27 am)
Yes, I would like to replace my wife's Mazda6 with a new one in about a year. However, to get the bells and whistles you are forced into 19" rims. That is a major downer for me. I would prefer 17", could deal with 18", but 19"s may just be a deal breaker as we keep our cars for at least one tire change, often two. And, living in Chicago area, the extra wide profile do not do that well in the snow and I'm just not into having dedicated snow tires for a myriad of reasons.
#18191 of 20165 Re: Mazda 6 GT vs Accord EX-L shootout (June C/D) [backy]
May 21, 2013 (6:31 am)
Just the 19" rims on the uplevel versions! And the fact that the Touring level only gets the "pleather". I would prefer cloth or leather or at least the option of one of those. Love just about everything else about it.
#18192 of 20165 mid size sedans with sporting personalities...
May 21, 2013 (7:23 am)
They are all great cars, all variations on a theme. It allows us to make choices on what we prefer. I don't see how proclaiming the 6 the current winner should upset anyone. Heck, the Passat was on top one month, but came in last 90 days later! It doesn't mean it is suddenly a bad car. My Optima's steering is vague, and it is hard for me to feel out the car's limits. I wish I had the Mazda's steering and that X factor that makes it more fun to drive than others perhaps.
It's a fickle market, and our arguing proves it!
Oh, and Backy...the mailman apologized. LOL.
#18193 of 20165 Re: Mazda 6 GT vs Accord EX-L shootout (June C/D) [m6user]
May 21, 2013 (7:58 am)
I'd be happy with the base Mazda6 with the 6MT, it has 17" rims I believe. And a price close to $20k. A lot of car for that money.
#18194 of 20165 Re: Mazda 6 GT vs Accord EX-L shootout (June C/D) [backy]
May 21, 2013 (8:17 am)
Agree mostly but two of my present three vehicles have automatic climate control and I've, admittedly, become addicted to that feature. It seems whenever I drive my truck, which doesn't have it, I'm constantly fiddling with the fan and/or temp control to get it right. If the base had that(as an option of course) I could just add the autodim+compass+Homelink rearview mirror and that would do it. I know, I know it's a minor inconvenience but after having had it I just don't want to go back. Kind of like power windows.
Obvioulsy, a profit motivated(for shame) marketling ploy on Mazda's part!
#18196 of 20165 Re: Mazda 6 GT vs Accord EX-L shootout (June C/D) [backy]
May 21, 2013 (11:18 am)
I especially like 6 Sport MT choice too, especially since a previous review said that the Mazda's light clutch would not be a problem for rush hour commuting. Also, It weighs only 3150 lbs. (210 less than the Accord Sport) There are 6 exterior paint options on the Sport, and you can choose either black or tan interiors. You have to move up to the Touring for more options, and C/D said that the seats in the GT looked AND felt like they came from a $50,000 car.
If the 6 was available in Dec 2011, I would have bought one. Really.
#18197 of 20165 Re: 2014 Ford Fusion [jaxs1]
May 21, 2013 (3:44 pm)
Some people will understand my point. I 'm not trying to convince anyone of anything, just to keep an open mind that rim size is only one component in a vehicle's handling/ride.
May 21, 2013 (4:27 pm)
Once you have one, like my Fusion, anything without it seems 10 years old, or just cheap.
#18199 of 20165 Re: 2014 Ford Fusion [explorerx4]
May 21, 2013 (7:27 pm)
I think we are all smart enough to understand that suspension parts, quality, tuning, etc all contribute to the ride and drive of a car. We were talking in general terms that larger, thinner sidewall tires ride rougher given equal other parts and are more expensive when same brand and quality tires are concerned. Then you also have the rims. Haven't seen too many rims of the same quality and manufacture that were cheaper in the higher rim diameters. Some manufacturers do a pretty good job of integrating the larger wheel diameter without sacrificing a smooth ride but 9 times out of 10 in mainstream(non-luxury) one can tell the difference easily.