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Old 05-21-2012, 07:57 PM
 
Location: San Diego A.K.A "D.A.Y.G.O City"
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BTW, I also rented a 09 Malibu around 3 years ago for a week, and I clearly remember how nice that car was. If given a choice, I'd definitively choose the Chevy over the Accord for multiple of reasons.

The 4 cylinder in that thing was quick! Also the interior build even in the base model was solid. Sure some plastics were cheap, but not nearly as bad as in the Accord. The dash in the Malibu felt well put together, and everything just felt tight, which wasn't the case on the previous gen Malibu's.

The absolute best aspect of the Malibu was how smooth riding it was, and it's the overall silence. It was like driving in a tomb, no wind noise, and the road noise was luxury car quiet. The only complaint I had against the Malibu was how bad it did on gas, it got horrible MPG's. I think it's because of the weight of the car which hovered around 3,500lbs for that year. The 4 had to work harder and rev higher which burnt more fuel I'm guessing.

I honestly cannot understand why more people didn't buy these cars. But yeah, there is still a large segment of the population that will not even consider buying an American car. A majority of them are Asian drivers and European transplants to the US, no offense, and of course a few Americans sprinkled in between.
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Old 05-21-2012, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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BTW, I also rented a 09 Malibu around 3 years ago for a week, and I clearly remember how nice that car was. If given a choice, I'd definitively choose the Chevy over the Accord for multiple of reasons.

The 4 cylinder in that thing was quick! Also the interior build even in the base model was solid. Sure some plastics were cheap, but not nearly as bad as in the Accord. The dash in the Malibu felt well put together, and everything just felt tight, which wasn't the case on the previous gen Malibu's.

The absolute best aspect of the Malibu was how smooth riding it was, and it's the overall silence. It was like driving in a tomb, no wind noise, and the road noise was luxury car quiet. The only complaint I had against the Malibu was how bad it did on gas, it got horrible MPG's. I think it's because of the weight of the car which hovered around 3,500lbs for that year. The 4 had to work harder and rev higher which burnt more fuel I'm guessing.

I honestly cannot understand why more people didn't buy these cars. But yeah, there is still a large segment of the population that will not even consider buying an American car. A majority of them are Asian drivers and European transplants to the US, no offense, and of course a few Americans sprinkled in between.
The Malibu is very similar to the Toyota Camry in terms of the way it rides and drives-- both are different than the Accord.
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Old 05-23-2012, 02:08 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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I don't know but the Honda Accord interior seems of much higher quality then Malibu interior

Accord;



Malibu;

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Old 05-23-2012, 02:15 AM
 
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Both are pretty bad, aesthetically speaking.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:31 AM
 
Location: San Diego A.K.A "D.A.Y.G.O City"
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Well the both base model cars I drove, overall the Malibu had a higher quality feel, and everything felt more tightly put together vs the Accord. When I would hit the door panel with my fist from the inside, it had a hollow sound, not so in the Malibu, you didn't hear noise feedback, just a nice thunk. Also the Malibu interior has real metal door handles, the Accord is plastic.

The wood trim on the dash in the picture above in the Accord felt like it wanted to come off when barely pressed on in the base model I had, which was painted a different color. I remember when driving the Malibu, the interior never made a sound, no rattles or creaks from anything, the Accords dash plastics would creak and pop, it just didn't have that high quality feel of Honda's in the previous gens.
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:37 AM
 
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My fiancee owns a 2008 (current generation) Accord 4 cylinder sedan. After having read how great Accords are in the media for years, and their reputation around the net, I have to say I am greatly disappointed in this car.
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I know, these are small issues. As I said, i do think it is a good car. I just do not see what makes this one of the best mid size sedans money can buy. It doesn't really stand out anywhere.
I'm still unsure why this thing is always on Car and Driver's list. Loud, horrible interior and the drivetrain is nothing to write home about. With a few options, it puts itself in BMW price territory.
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I'm still unsure why this thing is always on Car and Driver's list.
money
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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I test drove a 2009 Accord and a 2005 Accord. For $7K less than the 09 I was able to get a V6 '05 with Leather, Sunroof, Heated Seats, No Nav. I like the way the 05 drives better than the 09, IMO. It seems to shift better and have a sportier feel. I have no complaints of the interior.

It has soft touch materials almost everywhere, and is light beige in color. I hope to keep this car for 200+K miles.
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:56 AM
 
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I drove a 2011 Accord with the 4cyl. While it was a nice car, and comfortable, there is no way I would ever buy one with the 4cyl in it. It was like driving a car powered by a diseased hamster. No power at all, even compared to our 4cyl Camry (was in the bodyshop at the time), and certainly not compared to my Jeep. I would definitely have to get it with the V6 and a few options.

That said, I probably wouldn't buy it - If i was going to get another sedan, it would either be an Audi (AWD) or the Ford Fusion. I've driven a few of those and they're fantastic.
I drove a 2012 friend owns on a trip and its has alot of power and we got good mileage. I own a 6 cvl camry and was impressed by the 4 cyl. accord.Definitely at least as good as 4 cyl camry.
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