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  • One Black and one in a salsa red color which was probably the best one I've liked so far.

    I do wish they offered a manual with the AWD like Audi and BMW do. Or even the Acura TL...
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Blue color seems to be popular. Saw one without tinted windows, and then one with tinted windows 5 minutes later.

    Seems to have jumped out of the gate pretty fast.
  • Actually started seeing a few new Corollas, one of them was an "S" model in white which IMO, actually looked pretty good! Maybe a touch better than the new Civic, but still no Mazda 3 :)

    Also saw a new Accord hybrid, the subtle touches made it noticeable from the dozens of Sports and other models in the lineup.

    Spent the day in Boston yesterday to watch the Pats take down Atlanta. Counted 13 new Tesla's on the 120 mile roundtrip! Becoming a common sight around the suburbs. Also met some friend in town from San Fran who got a new Impala as a rental for the week. Jet Black, 4-cylinder, actually had leather interior and a moonroof, base 16? wheels/rims... 3200 miles on the clock and the rear window was already broken and a nice puff of blue smoke upon startup... Yay quality...

    It was a rental so can't judge the thing just yet...

    This morning a loaded black Q50 passed me on the highway doing about 90. Man does that thing look good. Also another Accord hybrid and another Audi SQ5.

    Don't know what made the weekend better, the Pats being 4-0 or Eli going 0-4 :)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Accord is funny - Sport looks great, but the plug-in model is hideous. Have yet to see the hybrid (which falls in the middle, I suppose) in the flesh.

    I like the Q50 also, and I see lots of them because there's an Infiniti dealer about 2 miles away. I see them daily.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,825
    Saw a 4 door Fiat 500 today, and a big sighting, a 2014 S-Class, on the road no less.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,189
    ...black Volkswagen CC in the Auto Zone parking lot near Oxford and Bleigh in NE Philly. I've also been seeing a lot of the latest generation Nissan Altimas with the "Pure Drive."
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I always felt like getting rid of Maybach would let Benz be all it could be. Look how sweet they look now...
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Still have not grown on me, wow these are just painful to look at.

    The trunk looks like it needs to be about 2 feet longer to look acceptable.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,825
    edited October 2013
    The new S does seem to be 80% of a Maybach for 30% the cost. It was an odd experiment.

    5er GT...I wonder if most we see are 2010 models, can't imagine they sell many now that they aren't a novelty.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,825
    I wonder how many Altimas are rentals - seems half the rental cars on the road here are Nissans.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,825
    Saw a red CLA in traffic today. Looked small.
  • berriberri Posts: 4,206
    I think that's been true for awhile. Nissan's at the majors, but Chrysler 200 / Avenger's at the cheapies. Ironically, around here at least, it seems like Nissan dealers offer some of the crappiest deals. Doesn't make sense to me to push rental cars over retail sales, nor why one would pay more for comparable Altima versus so many other nice alternatives.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Altima is interesting - in certain colors is looks awful, but in other colors it works. There are some odd creases in that design.

    Then again they got a 38mpg highway rating so I'm sure form followed function.
  • texasestexases Posts: 5,610
    "There are some odd creases in that design. "

    Nissan and Infiniti are leading the way with 'odd creases' in lots of their designs. BMW's not far behind...
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    But in some colors is looks totally fine, even attractive. So strange.

    Nissan is hit or miss in terms of design. I like the Versa Note, but not the sedan (at all). The Juke is ugly but the Cube is unique. I don't like the Rogue or Murano much, but the Pathfinder works. Max and Sentra also seem fine.

    Not a whole lot of family resemblance except maybe the big sedans.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,825
    The new Sentra seems to be what the Altima was 20 years ago.

    And the Altima...maybe a 21st century Cutlass Ciera.

    Pathfinder would be fine as a smaller minivan and a suitable name.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Sentra's back seat is HUGE. It really stands out. Significantly roomier than the Malibu, which is supposed to be one size up.

    I haven't driven one but reviews are really disappointing, no one seems to like the way it drives.

    Altima is more well liked. Big fuel tank + 38mpg = range of a diesel without the cost.

    I'd be more interested in a Versa Note if they put a decent powertrain in that thing. Maybe a bigger fuel tank, as well.

    Pathfinder sales are through the roof. They should just have given it a different name. Sure looks better than the bolt-upright Quest!
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,825
    I'd still lean towards Accord vs Altima, simply for aesthetics.

    Most Quest and many new Pathfinder I see in my area have a rental barcode. The latter could be renamed the Mallfinder, for its demographic and off road prowess. Funny how it changed from a competent enough, if old looking, small SUV.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Same, I like the Genesis (you probably know that) and the Accord reminds me of the Genesis.

    Honda's packaging is also a little better, base Altimas come with cheap wheel covers, and no backup cam either. Add that stuff and the Accord's a better value.

    Pathfinder seems to change every generation, radically so. From unibody to body on frame, and back. More than once. What does the name stand for? It has an identity crisis.

    No one bought the truck, and people line up for the psuedo-minivan. A neighbor bought one to replace an MDX. They used to complain about premium fuel cost so I'm sure fuel costs were a major factor.
  • berriberri Posts: 4,206
    " MDX. They used to complain about premium fuel cost "

    I understand the 2014 MDX still does even though the latter Lexus RX crossovers don't. I don't understand that logic at Honda. Around here at least, premium is almost 50 cents/gallon higher. But then I'm a bit leery even on the Pilot because there seem to still be issues with the V6 engine cylinder deactivation system and consuming oil.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,638
    big debate on the RDX forums. I have used regular and could not tell the difference. it is not required now, just recommended.

    I think it is a marketing deal as much as anything (luxury cars are supposed to use premium, right?)

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (daughter stole that one), and 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again)

  • texasestexases Posts: 5,610
    My ES300 'recommended' premium, even though it had the identical engine as the V6 Camry, which recommended regular. Same for the RX and the Highlander. I used regular, never had a problem.

    With Acura there area some differences between their engines and the Honda versions, aren't there?
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,638
    minimal at best I think. and if there are, probably at the upper range of the tach where I never usually go!

    if the CR is the same on the Accord and RDX (I think they share the engine) than I really doubt it.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (daughter stole that one), and 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again)

  • texasestexases Posts: 5,610
    Take the Pilot and MDX:
    Pilot's 3.5 l puts out 250 hp, 10.5:1 CR
    MDX's 3.7 l puts out 300 hp, 11.2:1 CR

    So there's a basic difference for those two.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,825
    I'd like a revised Genesis more - the current one is getting long in the tooth. The Accord is similar, lots of BMW hints in their styling. Oh those designers. Accord is probably the best value in its class right now, a mainstream car I'd actually consider.

    Pathfinders traditionally have been very old when finally changed, no surprise sales were weak. Now it's another glorified minivan pretending to be butch...perfect for these times, I guess.

    For something like a RDX. premium might be recommended, but that's not a performance engine. It'll do fine with regular, maybe put the good stuff in on a rare day for fun. For a tuned or high output engine, then go for premium.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,680
    Saw a new '14 Corolla on the road today in white...meh, pretty plain Jane folks especially in white...think we'll pass. Got to drive some interesting rentals a few days ago. A new Pathfinder but the tranny was screwy and I had to take it back to the dealer for Sixt...when it got up to 40 and I let off the gas pedal, it shook and shaked violently, a real nasty drive so it was sent back for a look see at the cvt. Drove a black ML350 to the dealer for an oil change and wow, what a vehicle...just awesome. Then I had a Bug going back to the dealer for some work and it wasn't that bad actually.

    Had eye surgery on Wednesday but going back to work tomorrow...I won't have to wear glasses anymore for my myopia...it is gone as is the astigmatism. Took a couple days off to recuperate.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,825
    Good luck with getting a good car.

    I think I will just mention the oddballs at the Avis/Budget I pass by most days. Today they had a Prius, maybe not usual away from the west coast.
  • anythngbutgmanythngbutgm Posts: 4,175
    Sounds like you drove the Pathfinder that hadn't undergone the recall for bad torque converters.

    https://www.google.com/#q=NISSAN+TORQUE+CONVERTER+RECALL+PATHFINDER

    My neighbor bought one of the first new Pathy's and had theirs replaced under a TSB before the actual recall was announced. Since then, she says the thing drives like a dream and hasn't had an issue since (Something like only 7000 miles but still).
  • anythngbutgmanythngbutgm Posts: 4,175
    Speaking of the ML, the current design is kinda old isn't it? I think they have tweaked the styling and features over the years, but the current one dates to something like 2009 IIRC. I have seen quite a few of the new ones tho, easily identifiable with the rear chrome treatment on the lower bumper...

    Ironically, I work with a gentleman who is still driving a 98' ML350 with something like 300k on it. It's needed a bunch of different things over the years and it's got some rust on various sections of the body but he says the overall vehicle is a tank and he won't get rid of it "till it stops moving under it's own power"...
  • ohenryxohenryx Posts: 285
    On my commute this morning, I spotted something rather unique. It took me a few looks to figure out just what I was looking at. A Volvo S60, lowered, with rubber band tires. Very strange looking. Very.
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