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View Poll Results: Which is your choice for the 2005-2008 model year range?
Ford Fusion / Mercury Milan 12 42.86%
Hyundai Sonata / Kia Optima 5 17.86%
Buick LaCrosse 11 39.29%
Voters: 28. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-23-2012, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Based on my budget and interest in mid-size sedans, I am considering the Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, and Buick LaCrosse of the 2005-2008 model years. I generally drive slow, so sportiness is not really an issue. Things I am looking for are interior room, driving comfort, reliability, low repair costs, decent acceleration, smooth ride and audio/instrumentation options in no particular order. I like each one's styling. Mercury Milan and Kia Optima being related to one of the above cars are also under consideration.

I know both the Fusion and the Sonata came with either a 4-cylinder or a 6-cylinder. Is there a big difference in driving experience with the V6 over the I4? I've heard of problems with the Fusion's transmission. Is this something that develops over time, or something evident during a test drive? Also is the AWD (with mpg premium) worth it? I will test drive these cars soon, but would love to hear owners' (and others) opinions. If each car is available for the same price, what would be your choice?
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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With the years you picked. I would go with the Buick.
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:38 PM
 
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I used to own a 08 Sonata with the 4cyl 5 speed stick, a rare combo, and the clutch throw was long and hard, kind of a pain until you got used to it. But once rolling it was a great highway machine, capable of 35 mpg on long drives and usually averaged 28 mpg in the summer and 26 in the winter. Weld the hood shut reliable, capable on icy and snowy roads, and boring as a refrigerator. I got tired of the boring and had to money to upgrade but I would have no concerns with such a car if all I needed was Toyota reliability at Hyundai prices.

Keep in mind that the 2005 Sonata was the last of the horrible Hyjndais. 2006 brought us the Sonata built in the new Alabama plant and vastly improved over the previous model. You'll want the 2006 onwards.
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
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I'd go with the Sonata as well; I drove a 2007 for two weeks after renting it at the Hertz facility at Nashville's airport while on vacation, and it was a joy to drive to Indianapolis, Knoxville & Atlanta with plenty of interior room (I'm 6-3 & 230), and a great ride on the interstates.

A buddy of mine purchased a 2008 Sonata two years ago here in Orange County before moving to Tucson, and absolutely loves it, and he's 6-5 and also has plenty of room.

Hyundais have been pretty solid since 2007; I have a 2007 Elantra, and it's been flawless after 65K miles except for two new tires and a new battery which I purchased last year.

I'd have no qualms about buying another Hyundai product.
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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The Buick will likely last the longest.
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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The Buick, hands down, as it is comfortable and I agree will likely last longer with fewer issues as the vehicle ages.
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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The Buick will likely last the longest.
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The Buick, hands down, as it is comfortable and I agree will likely last longer with fewer issues as the vehicle ages.
Is that in part due to the 3800 V6 engine used in (some trim lines of) the LaCrosse?

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Old 12-25-2012, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Butler County Ohio
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I chose the Ford/Merc. Buick only second only due the 1st hand knowledge of driving the FMC products listed for over 120K, had them as company cars. Never a problem.

I know KIA Hyundais are good cars now, but no thanks, Korean doesnt need anymore of my money.
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Old 12-25-2012, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Is that in part due to the 3800 V6 engine used in (some trim lines of) the LaCrosse?
Yes, and the 4t65e transmission is pretty reliable in those model years as well.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Thanks for the replies. After test driving all three cars, and based on the deals/availability of low-mileage examples, I bought a 2007 Mercury Milan Premier.

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