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DSCOTY '07: Family Cars
What is Dieselstation's best family car of the year?
Chrysler Sebring [ 1 ] ** [1.96%]
Hyundai Entourage [ 1 ] ** [1.96%]
Kia Optima [ 5 ] ** [9.80%]
Nissan Altima [ 14 ] ** [27.45%]
Saturn Aura [ 12 ] ** [23.53%]
Toyota Camry [ 18 ] ** [35.29%]
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post Nov 19 2006, 12:58 AM
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For more on the DieselStation Car of the Year '07 competition, please see this thread.

Chrysler Sebring
Base MSRP:
$18,995
Available Engines: 2.4 liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 173 HP and 166 ft.-lbs. of torque, 2.7 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 189 HP and 191 ft.-lbs. of torque, 3.5 liter SOHC 24-valve V6 with 235 HP and 232 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 4-speed automatic (2.4 or 2.7 only) or 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode (3.5 only)
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive
Curb Weight: 3287-3419 lbs.







Hyundai Entourage
Base MSRP:
$23,795
Available Engines: 3.8 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 250 HP and 253 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive
Curb Weight: 4400 lbs.







Kia Optima
Base MSRP:
$16,955
Available Engines: 2.4 liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 162 HP and 164 ft.-lbs. of torque, 2.7 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 185 HP and 182 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 5-speed manual (2.4 only) or 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive
Curb Weight: 3142-3287 lbs.







Nissan Altima
Base MSRP:
$19,800
Available Engines: 2.5 liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 175 HP and 180 ft.-lbs. of torque, 3.5 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 270 HP and 258 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual (Standard on 2.5 and 3.5SE, N/A on 3.5SL) or CVT transmission with manual shift mode (Optional on 2.5 and 3.5SE, standard on 3.5SL)
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive
Curb Weight: 3042-3423 lbs.







Saturn Aura
Base MSRP:
$20,595
Available Engines: 3.5 liter OHV 12-valve V6 with 224 HP and 220 ft.-lbs. of torque, 3.6 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 252 HP and 251 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 4-speed automatic (3.5 only) or 6-speed automatic transmission (3.6 only)
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive
Curb Weight: 3578-3660 lbs.







Toyota Camry
Base MSRP:
$18,720
Available Engines: 2.4 liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 158 HP and 161 ft.-lbs. of torque, 2.4 liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with hybrid system with 187 net HP and (138 ft.-lbs. of torque from gas engine, 199 lb.-ft. from electric motor), 3.5 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 268 HP and 248 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 5-speed manual (non-Hybrid 2.4 only), 5-speed automatic (non-Hybrid 2.4 only), CVT (Hybrid only), or 6-speed automatic with manual shift mode (V6 only)
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive
Curb Weight: 3263-3680 lbs.





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post Nov 19 2006, 02:09 AM
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Kia Optima.

That interior is absolutely gorgeous.
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post Nov 19 2006, 02:13 AM
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I had a strong 3-tie going on in my head.

Kia Optima - Great interior, nice (albeit bland) exterior, supposedly a nice drive, all at a low price. Seems like a good overall package.

Nissan Altima - Undoutedly the sportiest, but the look inside and out is unimpressive to me and it's pretty pricy with the V6.

Saturn Aura - Very attractive inside and out and supposedly a good drive, but kinda heavy.

Overall I went for the Optima. I was very impressed with the interior for its low price and it's the sort of off-beat choice I enjoy for some reason.
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post Nov 19 2006, 02:15 AM
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The Camry. I know its boring as fack, but damn it, that's the point of family cars!
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post Nov 19 2006, 02:43 AM
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Tough call between the Camry, Altima, and Aura. In the end I went for the Aura because it's something new and different. I like the Optima a lot too, but the front headlights screw it up...plus it's more boring to drive than the Camry and Altima, which can actually be reasonably fun.
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post Nov 19 2006, 09:13 AM
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I go for the Camry, followed a close 2nd by the Optima. The Camry with the V6 in it is still soulless but hardly gutless and the Kia is just too good a bargain to ignore
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post Nov 19 2006, 12:40 PM
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I went with the New Sebring, Aura was a close second. The only reason I considered the Aurora is partly due to the fact there are several owners of this vehicle in my community and they seem decent enough.
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post Nov 19 2006, 12:51 PM
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It's Aura.
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post Nov 19 2006, 12:59 PM
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Ewww...I just voted for a Saturn.
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post Nov 19 2006, 01:38 PM
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This was a hard one. It was between the altima and the aura. thumbs_up.gif for the altima having a 6 speed manual, but the cvt is lame. So I voted aura because it looks better.
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post Nov 19 2006, 01:53 PM
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well its not gonna be the sebring cause it's hideous and crap. Not the entourage cause it's a van. Not the Altima becuase the interior is cheap and you can't get the V6 with a real transmission - i HATE CVT's. It's not the optima because of the grotesque interior and dull exterior.


So between the Auro and the Camry, i pick the Aura. Obviously.

It's better looking, has a nicer interior, offers more features for the money, and it's interesting, whereas the Camry is "i want to die" boring even if it's a nice car.



Ahh what is the world coming to when a Saturn is the choice of the group? Of course i'm only picking it because the Accord isn't an option.

QUOTE(UserDrew @ Nov 19 2006, 03:40 PM) *
I went with the New Sebring, Aurua was a close second. The only reason I considered the Aurora is partly due to the fact there are several owners of this vehicle in my community and they seem decent enough.


Aura =! Aurora.

Different cars.
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post Nov 19 2006, 02:09 PM
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You can get the V6 altima with a 6-speed guys, just not the top-end SL model. The 3.5SE gets a 6-speed standard.

I was afraid that was going to be confusing...
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post Nov 19 2006, 02:26 PM
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Uh, Camry. It doesn't look like some form of hideous space capsule.
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post Nov 19 2006, 05:39 PM
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For me it was between the Camry and Aura, and I ended up going with the Aura...just find it to be a better looking car in the end.
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post Nov 19 2006, 06:49 PM
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QUOTE(clarkma5 @ Nov 19 2006, 05:09 PM) *
You can get the V6 altima with a 6-speed guys, just not the top-end SL model. The 3.5SE gets a 6-speed standard.

I was afraid that was going to be confusing...


well, to be honest i think i'll still stick with the Aura. The interior seems a lot nicer than the Nissan and i like the styling better, actually. But i'd put the nissan at second place then.
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post Nov 19 2006, 10:10 PM
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Aura for me. Best looking inside and out, competent drivetrain and despite carrying the much maligned Saturn badge, the Aura has an air of style the others are lacking.
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post Nov 20 2006, 02:30 AM
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QUOTE(White RSX @ Nov 19 2006, 05:26 PM) *
Uh, Camry. It doesn't look like some form of hideous space capsule.


Well said. Camry for me, a close second is the Altima.
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post Nov 20 2006, 06:14 AM
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Saturn Aura for me, but it seems like the family car market is lacking in America judging by this selection.
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post Nov 20 2006, 08:55 AM
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Aura for the fact that it's the only one on the list I would actually consider purchasing.
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post Nov 20 2006, 11:08 AM
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i'd vote for a V6 accord or a mazda 6s over all of these if they were on the list.

new =! good.
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