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Best Family Sedan?
« on: May 13, 2011, 02:09:13 AM »
Looking into getting a mid or full size family Sedan.

Tried out the '11 Sonata which looks great on paper.  Unfortunately the passenger seat is very low down and the seat can't be adjusted upward.  My better half could barely see over the dash while in the passenger seat, so that pretty much nixed that.  Just did some google searching and it seems many others are similarly bewildered by this problem with an otherwise ammazing looking and well priced car.

The '11 Altima looks great, is well priced, and is also very well ranked by Consumer Reports.  Anyone have one?

I don't want an '11 Camry due as it's in the last year of the current plagued design and would be wary about getting a redesigned '12 Camry when it comes outbefore there are enough reviews on it.

Not too excited by the '11 Accord either.

Other opinions?  Suggestions?
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Re: Best Family Sedan?
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2011, 02:44:32 AM »
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Re: Best Family Sedan?
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2011, 02:54:07 AM »
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Re: Best Family Sedan?
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2011, 03:58:03 PM »
dodge charger. its good for family and for the driver if s/he feels like a little fun

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Re: Best Family Sedan?
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2011, 04:35:49 PM »
are you set on getting a new car? i would recommend buying a 2-3 year old avalon for the same price as a camry and its really a luxury vehicle with so much more space for car seat and a carriage and luggage or groceries. you just lord the new car feel which is gone after 2 months anyways
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Re: Best Family Sedan?
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2011, 05:07:04 PM »
are you set on getting a new car? i would recommend buying a 2-3 year old avalon for the same price as a camry and its really a luxury vehicle with so much more space for car seat and a carriage and luggage or groceries. you just lord the new car feel which is gone after 2 months anyways
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Re: Best Family Sedan?
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2011, 05:35:12 PM »
+1!!
Best value for a car is (for most cars) @ 3 yrs.
I've had success negotiating prices of 20-40% off the asking prices for new cars by negotiating with hundreds of dealers nationwide.  If you are a good negotiator I don't think you'll save much by buying a car that's a few years old (and probably out of warranty too).
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Re: Best Family Sedan?
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2011, 06:01:15 PM »
I've had success negotiating prices of 20-40% off the asking prices for new cars by negotiating with hundreds of dealers nationwide.  If you are a good negotiator I don't think you'll save much by buying a car that's a few years old (and probably out of warranty too).

'11 Avalon?
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Re: Best Family Sedan?
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2011, 06:12:43 PM »
'11 Avalon?
Suggesting I look into it?
If I'm spending that much on a car it would probably for an Inifiniti G37x or something.
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Re: Best Family Sedan?
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2011, 06:18:30 PM »
Suggesting I look into it?
If I'm spending that much on a car it would probably for an Inifiniti G37x or something.

Well, I was suggesting a new one vs. the used option you rejected. On second thought (now that I've seen it's $10k+ more than the Camry), it doesn't make any sense to look into it.
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Re: Best Family Sedan?
« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2011, 06:26:07 PM »
Well, I was suggesting a new one vs. the used option you rejected. On second thought (now that I've seen it's $10k+ more than the Camry), it doesn't make any sense to look into it.
I think the '11 Altima with leather seats and sunroof is a probably nice sweet spot.  I just test drove it and was impressed.
Does anyone here own one?

It has the feel of an $40K Infiniti (keyless entry, tight steering, great handling) but gets much better gas mileage, uses regular fuel, has a bigger cabin/trunk than the G37, and can be had for under $22K.

Consumer Reports gave it top-notch ratings as well.
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Re: Best Family Sedan?
« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2011, 06:57:55 PM »
I think the '11 Altima with leather seats and sunroof is a probably nice sweet spot.  I just test drove it and was impressed.
Does anyone here own one?

It has the feel of an $40K Infiniti (keyless entry, tight steering, great handling) but gets much better gas mileage, uses regular fuel, has a bigger cabin/trunk than the G37, and can be had for under $22K.

Consumer Reports gave it top-notch ratings as well.

But can you pay with credit card? ;)
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Re: Best Family Sedan?
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2011, 07:00:05 PM »
But can you pay with credit card? ;)
It's about how good of a negotiator you are.
If you walk into a Nissan dealership they'll quote you $27,500++ for the car Altima 2.5S with the SL package.
I'm sure with online bargaining you can get it for 20-30% less.  Yup, and maybe even charge part of it.
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Re: Best Family Sedan?
« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2011, 07:36:03 PM »
why not lease? 

can pick up 2011 Accord SE with heated leather seats and alloy for around $200 month  and with Honda theres $1500 damage waiver and no disposition fee

or how bout a Merecedes C300 for 399.... etc etc 

and btw im not in car leasing so....got notin to gain

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Re: Best Family Sedan?
« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2011, 07:38:10 PM »
why not lease? 

can pick up 2011 Accord SE with heated leather seats and alloy for around $200 month  and with Honda theres $1500 damage waiver and no disposition fee

or how bout a Merecedes C300 for 399.... etc etc 

and btw im not in car leasing so....got notin to gain
Never really looked into leasing.  I was always under the impression that if you plan to keep a car longer than 6 years or so that it made sense to purchase rather than lease.  And I'm just less experienced negotiating lease prices.
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