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Old 04-25-2010, 08:05 AM
Location: San Diego
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Well, I test drove a Mazda 3 last night. Not bad at all. The dash setup is completely different from what I'm use too with the radio screen info being no where near the buttons. The handling on it feels alot better than on the Fusion.

What it really comes down too is cost for me. I can't get the base Fusion S because that only comes in beige interior. I can't stand beige so I'd have to get an SE just to get black. The Mazda 3 sport has everything I need except power locks. I can live without that but I've definitely become use to power locks and an alarm on my keychain. So I may need to go a Touring which is about 1500 more than the sport.

They get similar gas mileage and the Mazda 3 isn't too much smaller. It feels like its meant for a younger adult like myself compared to the Fusion. The only minor issue I have with the Mazda is the color of the dash. I can't stand the orangy red color but thats something I'd have to get use too I suppose.

So its a tough decision but the Mazda 3 will probably save me about 30-40 a month.
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Old 04-25-2010, 09:18 AM
Location: Chandler, AZ
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For a shade under $22,000, the Sonata has now been firmly established as a serious player in the full-size auto segment; it's roomier than the Accord (which was re-classified as a full-size car by the feds 2-3 years ago), and gets far better gas mileage as well, and it's all topped off by the best-in-the-industry 100,000 mile warranty.

The Accord is larger than the midsize Camry, but the Sonata is several thousand dollars less than either one of them, as Dan Neil points out in this weekend's Wall Street Journal.
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Old 04-29-2010, 09:00 PM
Location: Rolando, San Diego CA 92115
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I test drove the '10 Accord, '11 Sonata, '10 Subaru Legacy. I looked at Fusion, Altima, Camry and Mazda 6, on the lot but did not drive them

2011 Sonata is a nice car, nothing wrong with the Fusion but I liked the Sonata a lot more. I think Mazda 6 has better styling than the Fusion but still feel Sonata is better. They are all very similar. Mazda 3 is a smaller car with a sportier feel and is a different option entirely.

Ultimately I bought the Subaru, the Accord and Sonata were very close seconds. For the 20-25k price point you get a lot of bang for your buck on the Hyundai.
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