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Should I buy Malibu or Sebring or Sonata?

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I have a question for you. I wonder what do you think. I would like to buy a new vehicle or a 1 year old used one. I test drove many cars and I came up with top 3 possible cars. I like 4 door sedans that are bigger cars since I got a Chrysler Concorde V6 leather with wood grain that is 210 inch long! So I need a car for 3-5 years that has some luxury and ample sporty power if I need some. Here is my current car:

So I test drove almost all of the available mid and full size sedans in my price segment except Hyundai Sonata, Azera, Ford Fusion.(I cannot buy BMW, Mercedes, Acura, Lexus, Lincoln, Cadillac, Ford Fusion 2010 or Buick Lacrosse CSX)

What I am looking for is luxury interior look in some extend but sporty engine and soft suspension like a luxury car. It does not have to have real wood grain though.

My top 3 choice would be :
1, Chrysler Sebring Limited 3.5L V6 (I like to look but little bit concerned about the reliability)
2, Hyundai Sonata Limited V6 or Azera Limited V6. (The interior looked real upscale and the exterior is also okay but not that good as the Sebring)
3, Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6 V6. It was nice to drive but something was missing for me. Something that would make that car exceptional for me. Exterior looks nice expect the back of the car. Rear visibility was horrible though.

I test drove the Toyota Camry V6, Nissan Altima V6, Honda Accord V6 but they cost more than they would worth in my opinion in addition American cars have nicer exterior than those in general. Pontiac G6 GT has poor interior (no luxury look), G8 GT was thrilling (V8 with 361 hp!!) but too expensive and again not too luxury looking interior although it is super sporty. Dodge Charger looks aggressive but the interior is poor looking. The Mitsubishi Galant is ugly. I do not like the Saturn Aura (copy of Malibu) and I am not fan of Mercury Milan either (downgraded Fusion for me)

The question is Do you think I should try buying a Malibu?? I am concerned about the long term reliability. Hyundai has improved a lot since 2006 and now it can compete with mainstream brands. Also when I testdrove the Malibu the dealer guy told me that the shifters on the wheel are not designed to drive the car in manual mode for a long time? I was like wtf?!? Is that true?

So could you drop me some lines what do you think?
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I dont want to add more choices but as you had asked for opinions, I too began my search with the Chevy Malibu and test drove both the 4 and v6. I have owned numerous cars and trucks and only purchased from the big 3. I did like the Malibu and I feel Chevy has a great car here, the ride of the v6 seemed nicer than the 4 with the same trim level.

The dealer I was working with tried pushing me into a color that I really didnt want (something about GM bonus cash for that color car...). So I walked away at that time and started looking at other cars,. Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, and the Mazda 6. I am not sure if you test drove the Mazda 6 but as a side note it is assembled in the same plant as the current Ford Mustang and Ford owns a part of MazdaUSA.

You cant go wrong with the Malibu and as others have said I would be hesitant on Chrysler products (other than the new Ram or Jeep Wrangler) as my last vehicle was a dodge and I traded it in within 2 years of purchase because of build quality.

Best of luck and when it comes down to it,. buy whichever brings a smile to your face and be sure to test drive the car over roads you drive daily if you can to see if it brings out any hidden features you may have to live with.

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