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  • rustumrustum Posts: 100
    I bought 2010 LXP Sedan (4 Cyl).
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Again, if you get the Accord with manual (video game easy to use, honest), it will get significantly better MPG than the Hyundai and drive much smoother on rough roads and the like.

    Hyundai Sonata 2.4L MT MPG (EPA): 24/35, 28 combined
    Honda Accord 2.4L MPG (EPA): 23/33, 27 combined

    As for the Accord driving smoother... that is not my experience, although the 2008-11 Accords have a smoother ride (and less-crisp steering) than previous generations.
  • cool_sdcool_sd Posts: 3
    Hi folks, I am planning to buy Nissan Altima, preferring it over Hyundai Sonata , my budget is 25k and would like to get the maximum features ......I am not liking Hyundai because of more wind noise in the freeway (only bad point) ........... I visited Nissan dealers and liked Nissan altima very much, nice smooth engine ...... Got out of the door price of fully loaded (all packages - backup camera, bluetooth ... except Navigation) Nissan Altima SL for 27500 .... I told dealer i will buy if he gives for 26200 ..... do you guys think I am making right choice by going for Nissan Altima SL and do you think this is the right price?
    Highly appreciate your response ..... I have no experience in buying cars
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,148
    choosing and buying the car you like best is definitely the right choice.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • wik82wik82 Posts: 21

    I had initially agreed with you but after searching on as well as several other sites, I am finding that the used Sonatas and Optimas are doing very well on re-sale value. I was told that Civics, which ruled that class for something like 15 years, was just beaten out by Elantras in highest re-sale value!
  • igozoomzoomigozoomzoom Waleska, GeorgiaPosts: 790
    Consumer Reports rates the Altima higher than every other mid-size sedan, so I’d say it’s a very safe choice. As for pricing and getting the best deal, instead of ‘out the door’ price, the actual price before sales tax and any fees would be a more useful number to have. Also, where are you located (so I can see what incentives may be available)….let me know and I’ll tell you what I think! =)
  • cool_sdcool_sd Posts: 3
    Thanks igozoomzoom for the reply. I got the irresitable deal today and bought it.
    I had two options basically. I chose the second one. Thought that was a good deal. Got the additional bonus also as the car was already tinted.
    1. 26500 OTD price + Nissan financing (4.19% rate per my credit)
    2. 27750 OTD price + Nissan financing 0%, 60 months

    Here are the car details:
    Nissan Altima 2.5 SL
    MSRP as configured: $29,155
    Invoice as configured: $27,017

    Exterior: Super black
    Interior: Blonde leather
    Options: · [B10] SPLASH GUARDS (SGD)
    · [H01] 2.5S PREMIUM AUDIO PKG (AUD)
    · [K03] 2.5SL PKG (SLP)
    · [R10] REAR SPOILER (SPL)
    · [S10] FOG LIGHTS (FOG)
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,824
    edited May 2011
    You seem to have mistaken my statement for a question.

    While I appreciate you informing me that I am partially correct, I assure you that I am entirely correct, without the exception noted in your post.

    Hyundais are beginning to hold resale value very well, irrespective of the vehicle purchased.

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  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,055
    I did a search on and was able to find one. I would definitely recommend looking into this vehicle. The 2011 Cruze:
    • Is a compact car that offers the spaciousness
    and amenities of a midsize car.
    • Features segment-leading fuel economy.
    • Has segment-leading safety with 10 air bags, standard
    StabiliTrak and OnStar.
    • Is built to the highest quality and durability standards
    with testing done around the world.

    ( LT-Canandaigua-NY/1029673083)

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  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,824
    That looks like a very nice, gently used vehicle. Very gently. However, it does lack a sunroof, which seemed to be an important feature to our consumer.

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  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,046
    If you are looking for a new smaller car, I definitely suggest you drive the Cruze. There are several versions available. The roadholding performance would vary some--roughly look at the wheel diameter for the tires: the more aggressive cars have the larger rim sizes.

    I was just browsing the local dealer lot yesterday and they had some with sunroofs in stock. They actually had several Cruze's and two or three were the ECO model for even higher mileage.

    I suggest you forget the stereotypes that linger of which are the great cars and which are the ones that are problematic and drive them yourself. But drive the model with the tires and options you think you are interested in.

    As someone who had done critical distinction cross-shopping for many cars through the years, I must comment that the difference of an EPA gas mileage rating that varies by 2-3 mpg is probably insignificant in the real world. Also, a car that gets 36 mpg versus one getting 39 while cruzing on the highway isn't going to cost much more. In town mileage if you are in a suburban or urban area is more meaningful. When you test drive any car, set the digital fuel economy gauge so you can use you gut feeling of how it does relative to the driving style and particular road patterns you test drove.

    Furthermore, if a car gets allegedly 3 more miles per gallon at highway cruising speed (50 mph) does it get 3 more miles per gallon at 70-75 than the other car? Also does a car that may get better mileage need a larger fuel tank? No, the tank size is somewhat irrelevant unless there are few gas stations in the area you are living or planning to travel. Carrying more gallons of fuel in stop and go driving lowers the mileage.

    Good luck in your search.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,824
    Have you held off on a car purchase because you're waiting for a better deal? Or did you go ahead and buy because you assume car prices could just rise even further this summer? An Associated Press reporter would like to talk with you. Please send your contact information to Aaron Lewis at

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,652
    I'm pretty impressed with the Cruze.. It's hard to believe that it is the replacement for the Cobalt.. A very nice looking sedan, as well..

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  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,055
    I noticed that it did not have a sunroof; however, it was the only Cruze in the country that I could find. This is most likely due to the fact that the vehicle is new to the market. I hope the information was helpful. Depending on when the customer actually purchases they could continue to check the web site for updates.
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  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,824
    Totally understandable - waiting awhile is likely to help with available inventory. Since it's so new, I'd actually recommend purchasing the Cruze new instead of used anyway.

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  • wik82wik82 Posts: 21
    I went for a test drive in an Altima Monday. Very very nice. I didn't notice any of the CVT transmission issues that people have been bringing up. It had nice power but I felt the handling was a bit more sensitive than the others I had tried. I tried going to Taylor Kia, my local Kia dealership, stood around for 20 minutes waiting to get help, wasn't even acknowledged and left, went down to the Nissan dealer and had great service. I would say at this point, Sonata, Altima, Accord and Optima are the top 4, roughly in that order.

    I plan on going to take a test drive for a Cruze tomorrow. I had kind of passed on it but with the good reviews and comments I have seen here, I think I should at least try it before writing it off.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,824
    So far, you've got 4 good choices. I can't see you going wrong with any of them, as long as you are OK with the CVT. Some people love it, some hate it, and some have transmissions that are just plain broken. If you've driven the Altima and it's fine, that question is answered for you.

    Good for you on the Cruze - I think it would be a mistake to skip it. It may not be right for you, but you do seem to get a lot of features for the cost.

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  • tifightertifighter WAPosts: 1,367
    I haven't driven one, but I sat in the Cruze at the local car show and was pleasantly surprised. Good room (I'm 6'2") and the materials were very much competitive. I agree with kyfdx that its a handsome car. It is worth a look.

    I like the idea of the Eco with the stick.
  • sbaosbao Posts: 1
    These three models have some decent incentives this month.

    Could anybody share your preference and driving experience?

    Or input some pons anc cons? Thank you so much!
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    One great thing about the Cruze is that if you can live with the LS, you can get a great deal on one, at least in my part of the country (Twin Cities). I've seen base models with sticks priced at around $14k and automatics for around $15k. Very hard to beat that in these days of limited car supplies and high gas prices. And even the base LS is very nicely trimmed inside and has all the safety equipment and other basic equipment.... EXCEPT cruise control and (I think) power mirrors. But if you can live w/o those you can buy a very nice small car for a good price.
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