Last post on Dec 10, 2013 at 5:02 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
#17457 of 20239 Re: VW [stickguy]
Feb 03, 2013 (10:44 am)
... but I find the Sonota to be too overdone and awkward.
Well, first of all, there is no mid-sized car called the Sonota. There's a Sonata, and IMO it's still a head-turner, especially in Ruby Red (which my wife has). I give Hyundai points for at least trying to spice up the usually boring mid-sized family car class. The Optima is also quite sharp, in a different way than the Sonata--more European. The Passat? Well, if you liked the old Impala you'll like the looks of the Passat. Although the tail lamps are kind of Audiesque. The Fusion is quite a looker, although I'd trade some of the looks for more back seat room.
#17458 of 20239 Re: VW [backy]
Feb 04, 2013 (3:17 pm)
I liked the Passat better than the Sonata and my wife hated the Passat. She used to work in law enforcement and said it looked like a police cruiser, inside and out.
#17459 of 20239 Re: VW [ivan_99]
Feb 04, 2013 (5:01 pm)
Yeah, maybe because a lot of those police cruisers were Impalas!
People who like simple lines on cars would tend to hate the Sonata, though. The Passat, Camry, or Accord would be much more to their taste.
#17460 of 20239 Re: VW [backy]
Feb 04, 2013 (11:40 pm)
I like the Sonata too
I lean more towards the Optima because of the more angular lines, but the Sonata really is a looker in the category.
#17461 of 20239 Re: In the Market [benjaminh]
Feb 05, 2013 (4:15 pm)
The bland dated and uninspired styling is precisely why Honda has lost my sale. Honda continues to make boring appliances. I just tried the new Fusion, the styling is just so much more attractive that placed side by side the Accord looks dated. I tried the rear windows in te Fusion, and they do roll all the way down.
#17462 of 20239 Re: In the Market [bb49]
Feb 05, 2013 (7:22 pm)
I like the style of the Accord better than the Fusion.
But obviously everybody gets to pick their own favorite.
Congrats on the car!
#17463 of 20239 Re:Sonata and Optima
Feb 06, 2013 (6:02 am)
The following is for potential buyers who may be viewing this site:
I also loved the Sonata when it came out. A neighbor came home with a 2011 black SE 2.4 with dual exhaust and fogs. We talked for 1/2 about it. 3 months later I bought the 2012 Optima version. ($24,260 EX base in Spicy red).
I found that the Optima was more to my liking as well. It looks a lot like the Lexus GS 250/350; a great looking entry level luxury sedan.
14 months later, I still love it. Not one thing has broken after hundreds of commutes into DC. I would recommend it to anyone.
However, there are a ton of fresh faces to choose from in this segment. The Fusion, Altima, Mazda6, Accord and Passat should be seriously considered and test driven before making a decision on ownership.
#17464 of 20239 Owner experience - 13 Accord EX-L vs. 11 Sonata Ltd
Feb 08, 2013 (8:42 am)
We were perfectly happy with Sonata but I like to try different cars for a lease so I leased the Accord EX-L 4 cyl in December. After driving it for over a month, there are lots of little things that makes this car not as comfortable as the Sonata. Here are the things that you might not notice at first but becomes annoyances once you own it for a while:
Storage space (door, center console, armrest) are all pitifully small. Sonata wins it big time here with its big storage spaces and little nooks everywhere.
Short front seat bottom makes it less comfortable.
Automatic headlights go on and off on a bright day when the car gets into slightly darker spots.
Trunk is narrow and the wheel well takes away more space.
No HomeLink for garage door - Are you kidding me for an EX?
No light in the glove compartment. Come on Honda!
Poor cupholder location - Sonata's forward location next to the shifter is more preferred.
No place to put coins.
Door armrest is useless as it is so low.
Hanging accelerator pedal - Sonata's is attached to the floor which make it way more comfortable (per my wife).
Keyless entry - No way to open all doors without using the remote from the driver's side.
Rear seat leg space - The floor bump is much higher than the Sonata's.
Memory seats - Sonata lacks this.
Back up camera
Nice steering wheel with nice controls.
Clear instrument panel.
Driving dynamics (yes Accord seems better here but if you drive the way most family sedan owners drive, there is no real difference).
Bluetooth/USB - Bluetooth in these cars are still not optimal.
CVT vs. normal transmission - There really isn't much of a difference.
Overall, the Sonata is much better "family" sedan. It is not all about how well the car drives, it is more about how comfortable the car is for a family. And to pay slightly more for Accord for what I think is getting less of a car adds to my vote for Sonata. We will just have to wait for this lease is up. Oh well.
#17465 of 20239 Re: Owner experience - 13 Accord EX-L vs. 11 Sonata Ltd [yoonny]
Feb 08, 2013 (8:53 am)
Thanks for the detailed post. My Sonata lease is up shortly and the Accord is #1 on my list. I will review your nits to make sure I don't have buyers remorse. As a second choice, i am looking at the optima with the convenience PLUS pkg (backup camera, high-tech mirror with Homelink). Optima has a $1500 price advantage for me due to incentives and that is why it's still a player. Need to do another test drive and look at some details i may have overlooked on short test drive.
#17466 of 20239 Re: Owner experience - 13 Accord EX-L vs. 11 Sonata Ltd [yoonny]
Feb 08, 2013 (9:05 am)
What have you found wrt fuel economy?
A big reason I went with the 2013 Sonata GLS vs. an Accord late last year was cost. Hyundai had aggressive lease prices for a loaded GLS (every option including homelink mirror) and gave me a very generous trade in for my 2007 Sonata (beat up, but they have their own body shop so I bet they made out OK on that). All in all I saved $3,000 over 3 years on the lease with the Sonata vs. an Accord LX--assuming the Honda dealer would give me at least as good a deal on my trade as Hyundai.
For what my wife uses the car for, she would notice no significant difference drive-wise but does appreciate the extra features on the Sonata such as the heated seats and trick mirror. And I think the Sonata is a better looking car inside and out than the Accord, esp. the LX.
If the cars were priced similarly, I would have given the Accord a very close look. But at the pricing available back then, it was no contest.