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DSCOTY 2010: Family Sedans
What is DS's favorite new family sedan of the 2010 model year?
Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan [ 17 ] ** [58.62%]
Nissan Altima [ 1 ] ** [3.45%]
Subaru Legacy [ 6 ] ** [20.69%]
Suzuki Kizashi [ 5 ] ** [17.24%]
Toyota Camry [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
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post Feb 14 2010, 02:06 AM
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Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan (excluding Hybrid models)
Base MSRP:
$19,695
Available Engines: 2.5 liter inline-4 with 175 HP and 172 ft.-lbs of torque, 3.0 liter V6 with 240 HP and 223 ft.-lbs of torque, 3.5 liter V6 with 263 HP and 249 ft.-lbs of torque (N/A on Mercury Milan)
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual (2.5 only), 6-speed automatic
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive, all wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 22 City/31 Highway (Base I-4 manual), 23/34 (Base I-4 auto), 22/29 (other I-4 models manual), 22/31 (other I-4 models auto), 18/27 (3.0 FWD), 18/25 (3.0 AWD), 18/27 (3.5 FWD), 17/24 (3.5 AWD)
Curb Weight: 3308-3699 lbs.







Nissan Altima (excluding Hybrid models)
Base MSRP:
$19,900
Available Engines: 2.5 liter DOHC inline-4 175 HP and 180 ft.-lbs of torque, 3.5 liter DOHC V6 270 HP and 258 ft.-lbs of torque
Available Transmissions: CVT
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 23 City/32 Highway (2.5), 20/27 (3.5)
Curb Weight: 3180-3357 lbs.







Subaru Legacy
Base MSRP:
$19,995
Available Engines: 2.5 liter SOHC horizontally opposed flat-4 with 170 HP and 170 ft.-lbs of torque, 2.5 liter DOHC horizontally opposed flat-4 with 265 HP and 258 ft.-lbs of torque, 3.6 liter DOHC horizontally opposed flat-6 with 256 HP and 245 ft.-lbs of torque
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual (N/A with 3.5), CVT (N/A with 2.5 GT or 3.6), 6-speed automatic (N/A with 2.5 or 2.5 GT)
Available Drivetrains: All wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 22 City/29 Highway (2.5 6MT), 22/30 (2.5 CVT), 17/23 (2.5 GT and 3.6)
Curb Weight: 3270-3557 lbs.







Suzuki Kizashi
Base MSRP:
$18,999
Available Engines: 2.4 liter inline-4 with 185 HP and 170 ft.-lbs of torque
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual (N/A with AWD), CVT
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive, all wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 21 City/31 Highway (S FWD 6MT), 23/31 (S FWD CVT), 23/30 (S AWD, SE FWD, GTS FWD CVT, SLS FWD CVT), 22/29 (SE AWD, GTS AWD, SLS AWD), 20/29 (GTS FWD 6MT, SLS FWD 6MT)
Curb Weight: 3241-3329 lbs.







Toyota Camry (excluding Hybrid models)
Base MSRP:
$19,395
Available Engines: 2.5 liter DOHC inline-4 with 169 HP and 167 ft.-lbs of torque, 2.5 DOHC liter inline-4 with 179 HP and 171 ft.-lbs of torque, 3.5 liter DOHC V6 with 268 HP and 248 ft.-lbs of torque
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual (N/A with V6), 6-speed automatic
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 22 City/33 Highway (2.5 6MT), 22/32 (2.5 6AT), 19/28 (V6)
Curb Weight: lbs.





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post Feb 14 2010, 02:11 AM
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Has to be the Kizashi for me, it just came out of nowhere, and is the clear enthusiast's choice. It's smaller and nimbler than the competition, and everything the overgrown, 2nd-gen Mazda 6 should be. Factor in great-value-for money, handsome exterior styling, a clean interior, and Suzuki has a car that really deserves to succeed. Hopefully the car-buying public will see all that.
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post Feb 14 2010, 09:06 AM
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Camry and Altima are just refreshes of models that are getting long in the tooth.

I don't like the new Legacy at all. It's too big, and looks it in person. I picked my '09 up from the dealership after a service last week, and it was parked beside a new Legacy, the thing dwarfed my car. I'm sad that Subaru is moving in a direction that I refuse to follow. I'm also annoyed at the decision to cancel the Legacy wagon in Canada. I know in the US it sold poorly, but up here in Canada the wagon accounted for 80-90% of Legacy sales. The Outback is a poor substitute for people who like the Legacy wagon.

Suzuki looks interesting, but for the price I would go for the Fusion, which has to be one of the best looking sedans out there. I would count it among the A4 and C class in terms of style. I also hear it's quite good to drive. Part of me is worried that when Ford moves the Fusion to a global platform, shared with the Mondeo, we'll lose what makes it great.
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post Feb 14 2010, 10:35 AM
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I picked the Legacy not for looks, but power. It packs a punch and has AWD. Can't beat that.

For looks, it would be the Kizashi.
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post Feb 14 2010, 12:11 PM
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What about the Taurus ?
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post Feb 14 2010, 12:16 PM
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^ Too big for the segment. I put it elsewhere.
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post Feb 14 2010, 12:32 PM
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That Suzuki looks badass. But for superficial reasons I went with the Ford/Mercury.
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post Feb 14 2010, 12:47 PM
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Motion to ban anyone that votes Camry.

The Kizashi is a great looking car and a valiant effort by Suzuki but it lacks in the power and drivetrain department. The Subaru, on the other hand... wow. What a sleeper.

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post Feb 14 2010, 02:27 PM
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^Agreed with motion.
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post Feb 14 2010, 08:40 PM
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Meh, this segment sucks. Guess I'll vote for the Suzuki 'cause it looks cool.
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post Feb 14 2010, 09:33 PM
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I have driven the Nissan, Camry and the Fusion extensively and I can seriously say the Fusion is excellent all round family car. It gets my vote.
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post Feb 16 2010, 09:55 AM
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i love the styling of the Kizashi, and the reviews i've read sing its praise for handling and quality.
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post Feb 17 2010, 05:54 PM
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Very, very tough choice between the Suzuki and the Ford. The Fusion (which is avail. in AWD btw) wins it narrowly for me.
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