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Hyundai Sonata vs. Honda Accord vs. Toyota Camry vs. Ford Fusion

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  • baggs32baggs32 Posts: 3,209
    Ford needs to have a low priced model to sell to fleets, perhaps, and the SAB aren't a priority to companies keeping tabs on a bottom line?

    Just a thought.


    Makes sense. However if they do follow the lead of Mazda, as in the 6, the base I4 would not come standard with SACs. That would be perfect for fleets and Joe consumer alike.

    I guess realistically it really doesn't matter to me. I'd like to see ABS and SACs standard on everything but either way I'm going to pay for them when I buy. My 6 does not have SACs because it was hard enough finding a V6 with an MTX let alone one with SAC's back in early 2004. I bit the bullet and took what I could get for my S-Plan. The Ford salesman I deal with already committed to allowing me to Factory order my Mustang at the end of this year and still get X-Plan pricing because I was concerned that those are still really hard to find with an MTX, and nearly impossible to find with SABs. You can bet the ABS and SAB boxes will be checked on that order sheet. Together, and with traction control added in, those "necessary" options will cost me about $600. Well worth it IMO.
  • Wouldn't be too sure about that. Yes Hyuhdai has alot of other interests as they are a very powerful company but not the least among them is their vehicle line.

    They are are making great strides with the Sonata, Elantra and other new vehicles. This is just their first salvo, stand by for their counter and followon attacks attacks already in prgress!!!
  • I think 300 - 500 below invoice before rebates is the best you could do. They are desparate to sell but much more than that would cause too big a loss for them. But heck you can try!!!
  • Don't buy a Ford.
  • Boring looking? I think the 2006 Sonata is one of the sharpest cars out and a great improvement over the 2005 (which may not necessarily be saying much). I have a dark cinnamon model got the windows tinted dark and have had several people (unsolicited) tell me how great it looks. One guy was in a Volvo V70 admiring my car. I think they look like the Audi A6. A buddy of mine likes the looks better than his Accord.

    I dropped my wife's Honda Pilot off at the Honda dealership for servicing and parked my 2006 Hyundai Sonata right in front of the big service window (OK I did it on purpose). Recently waxed, tinted windows etc. I saw five or six salesmen huddles around obviously discussing it. I don't know what they were saying they looked worried and they certainly weren't laughing at it!! LOL!!

    You guys are stuck on Gargonzola and it is clearly Brie time baby! Honda and Toyota step aside!!! I love to see the giants fall!!
  • jimmy81jimmy81 Posts: 170
    The Elantra is an aweful looking vehicle. You have to not give a spit about looks if you buy one of those.

    The Sonata is a great car, but it too is unappealing. Wouldn't take much to turn it into a looker.
  • jojoejojoe Posts: 81
    Hmmmmmmmm...and do we all remember,beauty is in the eye of the beholder! I bet the girl of your dreams isn't the girl of mine or anyone elses and who cares! I personally like the looks of the Sonata ,I think it looks awesome.I personally don't like the look of the Accord,Camry or Fusion.Now saying that,I have my own views of what is nice looking,my likes and dislikes won't be that of the next person.Then I don't really care.I am not a follower as many folks are.I like something different and I am always willing to take a chance,if I see something I like.You know what I mean(SOMETHING I LIKE).I as many in here don't care if folks such as you don't like our choice of vehicle,but it does seem that you have a problem if we don't agree with yours.Well we really don't care about that either.You go ahead and be a devotee of your brand,we will of ours.What you choose doesn't make you any better or more special than us,even though you might think it does.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Hmmmmmmmm...and do we all remember,beauty is in the eye of the beholder! I bet the girl of your dreams isn't the girl of mine or anyone elses and who cares! I personally like the looks of the Sonata ,I think it looks awesome.I personally don't like the look of the Accord,Camry or Fusion.Now saying that,I have my own views of what is nice looking,my likes and dislikes won't be that of the next person.Then I don't really care.I am not a follower as many folks are.I like something different and I am always willing to take a chance,if I see something I like.You know what I mean(SOMETHING I LIKE).I as many in here don't care if folks such as you don't like our choice of vehicle,but it does seem that you have a problem if we don't agree with yours.Well we really don't care about that either.You go ahead and be a devotee of your brand,we will of ours.What you choose doesn't make you any better or more special than us,even though you might think it does.

    This is very true. I personally think that all four of the cars here are handsome, if not breathtaking. No midsize sedan should be polarizing in its style (if it wants to sell high volumes). I feel that the Fusion went out on a limb with some of its exterior details, and most of those paid off (the best looking Ford sedan in YEARS). Hyundai, Accord, and Camry are all fairly bland IMO. The Sonata took the 03 Accord's rear and stuck it on the Sonata (especially taillights). The Camry makes me sleepy to look at! The Accord has a much nicer looking rear with the 06 redesign, and adds a touch of class with the LED taillights (offered on the more upscale cars like Azera).

    While I'm talking tail lights, I was very dissappointed to see that Ford still hasn't made a seperate blinker from the brakelight/taillight. The one bulb shares all three functions. Just seems like a cheap out to me, and I personally feel that having a seperate brakelight and blinker is safer (Just my opinion, not necessarily yours).

    Have a good MLK day tomorrow!

    thegrad
  • I had an English teacher back in High School that used to mark us down on papers when we used the term "in my opinion". She said that it was redundant to use it because you are the one writing/saying it so it is obviously your opinion.
  • Joe you are right on. I hate going with the crowd. I saw the Sonata as different and that appealed to me. It also gets stolen alot less!
  • jojoejojoe Posts: 81
    Lol.Never thought of it that way.As far as choosing a new vehicle,my wife and I had never any intentions on even thinking about an Accord or Camry,we thought for all the years they have been around,they still didn't appeal to us,very bland design.We would have never thought of the Fusion,due to the fact that it is a Ford(had too many problems with past Fords)now saying that,I was in one and thought it didn't look all that bad,but not even a close second to the Sonata.We have now had ours for 5 months and havn't any problems so far.To us,its a great family car and sports car all in one.To each their own.
  • w9cww9cw Posts: 888
    Re. the Elantra's looks . . . As always, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But, I've never bought cars on looks anyway, as I don't care whatsoever what other people think. The only person I have to impress in life is myself. I choose a car based on many other factors than its appearance.
  • goodegggoodegg Posts: 905
    I've never bought cars on looks anyway

    Wow - really? Looks is one of the top criteria for me in a car. Sure I want performance, safety, reliability etc but I want that package looking good. I don't think the Sonata is all that stylish, but neither is the Accord. Honda needs to do a restyle quickly or their Accord sales will continue to slide. And I'm not talking about just redoing the tail lights.

    Yea you shouldn't have to worry about impressing anybody with a car purchase. But that doesn't mean you gotta go down the boring road all the time. Life is short. Live it up!
  • jojoejojoe Posts: 81
    But....whats boring to one ,is not boring to another.Theres some pretty ugly cars out there,someone is driving them and thinking they are pretty awesome looking.
  • I looked at all the models style and performance and the Sonata was the only one that came with all the options I desired without nickel and diming me to death. Would I have bought the 2005 Sonata, No. I guess looks are important to me and I have had both the Accord and Sonata parked next to each other in the garage and depending on if you like Audi styling (Sonata) or Beamer styling (Accord), they both are nice looking cars. The Accord will give you whiplash on take off if you have a heavy foot and the Sonata 17" wheels really hold the road well. The hardest part of buying a 2006 Sonata was getting over the Hyundai name. After watching the neighbors stare at the car and people admiring it in parking lots, the Hyundai name does not bother me anymore. Actually, other than their labor disputes in Korea they are a pretty sound company.
  • goodegggoodegg Posts: 905
    I don't think many people are confusing the Sonata for an Audi. Nor an Accord for a BMW.

    I do think Hyundai would benefit from pulling a DatsunToNissan move. They build a decent car now but their negative reputation in many circles precedes them.
  • I agree with Leadfoot that Hyundai's rep wasn't the best in the past but neither was Toyota or Honda for that matter. They never changed their names.
    Nissan changed to Datsun because the name Nissan was so recognized with the Japanese war machine, our arch enemy, not long before. After memories had faded more they went back to Nissan.
    No they should stick with Hyundai and do exactly what they are doing inprove styling and quality. It is too soon now, but in the future they need to have a luxury plate name Lexus, Infiniti, Acura etc.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Sorry, after writing on a couple of other forums (i.e. Jetta) I am so used for being criticized for saying something negative about another car unless I said it was my opinion. Apperently over there, they think people who don't worship Volkswagen's are idiots, so I have to talk to a few of them like that...

    I'll try to remember how much more mature this discussion is when I post next time...thanks for keeping me in check.
  • The Graduate:

    Everybody seems to use the "IMO" for some reason. I bet ole Mrs. Bishop is rolling in her grave! It's funny how you remember advice like that from way back in High School!

    Stockmanjoe
  • Americans are to recognize that Hyundai has completely turned their ship around. So has Kia.

    I recognized it back in 1999(aren't we in, like, 2006, man), only after driving my Sephia with 70,000 mile Yokohama radials and Konig Diva wheels. That car was really fun to drive with the improved handling the Yokohama's afforded me. I paid a whopping $7995 for the Sephia in 5-speed form in May of 1999. What car did I dump for the 1999 Kia Sephia sedan? It was none other than a 1997 Ford Escort sedan. Not a bad car but uninspired. The Sephia was fun to drive.

    With my '01 Kia Sportage I gained 4WD, which has helped me get out of more than one tight icy spot in both Missouri and Idaho winters. The SUV has consistently shown me that it is a tough little truck that will give and keep giving and keep giving.

    Why people can't think beyond Audi, Toyota, Honda, Chrysler and BMW is beyond me. The future is all South Korean for automobiles. I am glad that I didn't listen to other people. That would have been a huge mistake.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

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