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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
#4695 of 20194 Re: 2008 Accord vs. 2008 Camry [m1miata]
Sep 06, 2007 (4:29 am)
"Has anyone seen the Accord for 2008? From the photos, it looks pretty good to me."
No surprise there. The car isnt ugly but its far from the best looking in class. When there are so many cars of nearly equal size and performance I see no reason to get a boxy Accord. Plus the 2009 6 is coming out next year and based on the pic released it seems to be quite a looker.
"New Malibu should be on par with the rest overall for looks."
not in my opinion and not in the opinion of many who have seen it in the flesh.
"Isn't a base SAAB 9-3 something like that with a stick?"
The base 9-3 has far less power and less room than a Malibu LTZ. At $27k the Chevy is the better car.
#4696 of 20194 Re: back to reality [benderofbows]
Sep 06, 2007 (4:47 am)
this month's CR - a lengthy report about keeping a car going for 200k+ - how much money that would save (and
certainly a point at which the suspect resale values of some of these cars would mean much less) - the 10 recommended models for those few that do keep a car this long consists of 3 Hondas and 7 Toyota products. HMMM - and then folks wonder why cars of those particular brands costs more to buy(new or used) but LESS to own over more usual time frames.
#4697 of 20194 Re: 2008 Accord vs. 2008 Camry 
Sep 06, 2007 (5:01 am)
The base 9-3 has far less power and less room than a Malibu LTZ.
164/262 for the Ecotec and the 3.6, respectively for the Malibu. 210/250 for the Saab, but both Saab engines are available with manual transmissions.
Its just different strokes...one is for people who pick cars based on how much space it takes in their garage and one is for people who like something sporty and fun while dragging their children to-and-fro.
#4698 of 20194 Re: Aura I4 [andres3]
Sep 06, 2007 (5:05 am)
If you consider "more money for less car" then you really should say, more money, for higher quality, nicer smaller car."
The Optima doesn't get anywhere near the fuel economy of the Civic. I say you get more BANG for your buck with the Civic by saving on gas.
Of course the Civic gets better fuel economy than the Optima, but that's not really the point here (not to say the Optima has bad F/E, pretty good, actually). There probably were a lot of other factors accounted for the purchase of the Optima instead of the Civic. FWIW, both cars have advantages and drawbacks.
#4699 of 20194 Re: back to reality [zzzoom6]
Sep 06, 2007 (5:17 am)
In the end, a solid case could be made for both and I wouldn't fault anyone for choosing one over the other.
This whole Mazda6 vs Accord seems a little uneccessary. It's like comparing BMW and Mercedes: yes they are both in the same cost class, but they are intended for different customers.
The Mazda6 probably tends to be bought by younger buyers (lower initial cost, sporty design and handling reputation) or buyers who are looking for something that, at least by reputation, is more sporty.
The Accord tends to be bought by folks who want something that has an strong reputation for reliability and great resale.
Before I get jumped on, that is not to suggest that either vehicle cannot score points in the other vehicle's strong suit (I have a 6-speed V6 Accord EX-L and would certainly describe it as sporting- just a little undercover...).
But I will say I went for the Accord for reliability and resale, performance was a bonus.
Again- different customers for each car.
#4700 of 20194 Re: 2008 Accord vs. 2008 Camry [zzzoom6]
Sep 06, 2007 (6:03 am)
It wasn't bad. I'm not a Indy driver but it wasn't as tight and hdid have quite a bit more lean in the corners than the 6. The SE felt a lot bigger and one reason was because of the sight lines from the drivers seat. I like the Mazda because you can almost see the end of the hood and you can see the trunk lid. Turning radius was a little better with the SE but no great shakes. I would put the new SE between older accords which I think were a little tighter than more current ones and the 6.
#4701 of 20194 Re: back to reality [m1miata]
Sep 06, 2007 (6:15 am)
I did and it took 5 minutes to get the price approved after I presented it to the salesman. I said thanks, said I would be back in three hours to pay and sign papers. Told the salesman I didn't want any add ons, insurance, warranty, other crap. Came back, they had the car prepped and detailed, signed the papers (they even had already checked off all the things I didn't want) and wrote them a check. I would say I spent no more than 30 minutes total buy the car. Fastest in my life but I credit these forums with providing very good information going in.
Anyway, if I can do it, anybody can. In fact I don't know anyone that would pay 19,279 for a car that stickers at 21,125 and has a 1,750 rebate. That is already down to 19,375. That't like saying I got WOW, I got $96 off the MSRP. Not much to brag about.
#4702 of 20194 Re: back to reality [bristol2]
Sep 06, 2007 (7:14 am)
I agree that the Accord and 6 may be designed and marketed to a little different demographic. However, my second choice in this field was the Sonata. Now that is a total different ride/handling and I liked it for it's roominess and features offered per price much like the Mazda. I'm certainly not within the so called Mazda demographic, but I was looking for a third vehicle for my wife and I that was reasonably priced, less operatiing cost and a little more fun to drive than a SUV and PU which are our other two vehicles. The Mazda fit the bill this time because of the heavy discounts.
#4703 of 20194 Re: back to reality [m6user]
Sep 06, 2007 (7:30 am)
Congrats! Drop by our Dealer Rater page and write up your experience.
#4704 of 20194 2008 Mazda6 pictures
Sep 06, 2007 (8:05 am)
Comment at will. The front has a little too much Camry for me and I don't like the red/orange lighting inside. But not bad overall.