Well I decided to pickup a copy of the 2002 Car and Driver Road Test Annual as there was some very interesting car comparisons.
The price was a killer but i got it anyways, hows $15.40 sound for a mag. :dead: :dead:
Anyway an article called Concealed Carry featured 8 US sold front drive family sedans and compared them.
In order are how the cars rated by the mag:
Honda Accord LX V6
Toyota Camry SE V6
Nissan Altima 3.5SE
Dodge Intrepid SE
Chevy Impala LS (Later Version of LunaticSS's car)
Ford Taurus SEL
Buick Regal LS
I'm amazed that the XG350 rated ahead of the traditional American brands, with the mag quoting a first class fit and finish.
Quickest of the bunch would go to the Altima despatching 0-60 7.3 and 1/4 in 15.6. It had to be being an engine with 240hp while the others are around the 200hp mark. I was abit disappointed that the Taurus rated only 7th. It's main achilies heel was it's shocks waay to soft with the car pitching and diving under acceleration and braking.
Form my personal view, I love the shape of the Dodge Intrepid with it's long hood and rear end. Don't like the Accord and Camry as they look too plain. The Hyundai looks terrible. The buick interior looks old manish.
The Taurus, Impala and Altima are all quite good in shape. I'm very suprised why Nissan Australia aren't looking into the Altima for a Maxima replacement, that 3.5L V6 definitly has some stick.
I think if i was in the US i would have to test drive the Taurus, Impala and Intrepid. But judging by the comparo, i'd come down to either Taurus (brand loyalty), Intrepid (Shape) and Altima(it's engine).
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They have some of the best cars in existance today. Yet they don't sell them in the right markets or sell them outside of japan. Or they stop making them.. ala 200sx, R34 GTR etc.
The Australian division must be killing themselves. The no hot hatch (a market they owned in australia), 200sx out of production just when it hit the big time, a aging Maxima that nobody really liked anyway. Maybe they will reinvent themselves..
They could give Holden a run for number one easy if they sold the best products over here. A coupla skylines, a coupla of the nice mid sizers, some of the hot hatches, 350zx, 200sx replacement, the full off road range.
XR_Strider_GuY, there have been a few US vs. Australia comparos in Wheels over time. When the Taurus was first released here, it was defeated by the EF Fairmont Ghia. When Wheels took that orange VT II SS to the US, various small comparisons were made then also.
Additionally, there is another comparison with an EF Falcon XR6 wasting various cars in the UK. You can accuse the writers of bias, but at the end of the day Australia's cars do suit Australian tastes.
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