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REVIEWS: Nissan Maxima, Toyota Avalon, Hyundai Genesis, Pontiac G8 V-6 Comparison - Big Six Sedans



Much has been written about the new Hyundai Genesis and the Pontiac G8, but most reports have concentrated on the eight-cylinder versions. Here we've gathered the sixes, more relevant now than ever, and threw in two competitors that are available exclusively in six-cylinder form, the new Nissan Maxima and the Toyota Avalon. All four are largish cars, priced in the low-$30,000s range (except for the slightly less expensive Pontiac), that promise something more than the typical mid-size sedan.

Full Review at Link: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/driven/0808_v6_sedans_nissan_toyota_hyundai_pontiac/index.html
 

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Nice even handed review I think, thanks for posting :cool:
 

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I've been seeing quite a few new Maximas around. It's a good looking car, but sort of anonymous and mundane looking at the same time.

If I were shopping for a Nissan sedan, I would just spring for a 6sp manual Altima v6 and forget that CVT Maxima boat all-together.
 

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Not much of a comparison.
-Maxima looks good
-Genesis has a great interior
-G8 is the best sport sedan
-Avalon is the best cruiser

So, they just summed up what we already know about all four sedans. I would like to note that in the picture above, the G8 is the only one that really stands out (and not just because of the wonderful electric blue color).
 

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Not much of a comparison.
-Maxima looks good
-Genesis has a great interior
-G8 is the best sport sedan
-Avalon is the best cruiser

So, they just summed up what we already know about all four sedans. I would like to note that in the picture above, the G8 is the only one that really stands out (and not just because of the wonderful electric blue color).
^ Great post....I was thinking the same thing! ;)

I wish they had test numbers.
 

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I've been seeing quite a few new Maximas around. It's a good looking car, but sort of anonymous and mundane looking at the same time.

If I were shopping for a Nissan sedan, I would just spring for a 6sp manual Altima v6 and forget that CVT Maxima boat all-together.
Just change a grille on Maxima and it will pop out as new LaCrosse, I like it a lot.

I set in G8 last week and I was not impressed at all, rear end look bad too.
 

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The only two I woudl consider are the G8 and Genesis. Maxima looks like crap and has a CVT and the Avalon is well, bland.
 

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As a past owner of a '93 Max and the current owner of a 03...I'm very disappointed in Nissan not offering a manual in the new Max. The CVT reviews for the car have been fantastic....but I'm not sold.

I wouldn't buy any of these cars actually.....none of them have all the features I want. 6 speed manual, RWD, bluetooth, Nav, etc. Sigh.....guess it's still the G35S that will get my money.
 

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I drove a V6 Murano CVT and a I4 Altima CVT. It takes some getting used to. I think 90% of people who drive wouldn't even know the difference. But for those of us who "drive" our cars like we stole them on occasion will find a few bones to pick. If you mash the throttle it's almost like turbo lag, but after about 1/2 of a second, you start pulling to redline...and basically stay at redline while accelerating until you back off the throttle. I had the Murano up to 100 mph pretty quickly (no times though).

For anyone who hasn't tried one, I recommend a test drive to know what I mean.
 

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The Maxima as a "sports sedan" is pretty redundant in view of the "sporty" orientation of the Altima and the selection of Infinitis at hand. I believe what they should've gone for is an Avalon that is not an old persons car and doesn't look awful. I was hoping the Intima (pardon the name) concept would've shown the way...


 

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Not much of a comparison.
-Maxima looks good
-Genesis has a great interior
-G8 is the best sport sedan
-Avalon is the best cruiser

So, they just summed up what we already know about all four sedans. I would like to note that in the picture above, the G8 is the only one that really stands out (and not just because of the wonderful electric blue color).
I third (fourth?...) the sentiment.

Seems like someone basically read the window sticker. As one example, I realize the Hyundai has all the right credentials on paper, but I've been searching for a more meaningful commentary on how all of that comes together on the road. From the little I've read thus far, it seems that the translation from paper credentials to real-world impressions is mixed, at best. Kinda like most Hyundai vehicles; Hyundai reads the features of top competitors and matches or exceeds them, but it somehow doesn't always get the most out of the combination of the parts.

Oh, and I think the very brief impression of the G8 is accurate. I sat in one yesterday and got the same feeling about the interior. And, yes, I'm aware that many sources believe it's a thrill to drive!
 

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Right now I have been blown away with the new Genesis. All of the sudden I am looking to see if I can afford the V8 rather than the V6 version. Yes - the Genesis may not handle as well as the G8 - but that isn't the point of a car like that. The Genesis is one of the best new cars to hit the market in years. I predict car of the year awards for this vehicle.
 

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Not much of a comparison.
-Maxima looks good
-Genesis has a great interior
-G8 is the best sport sedan
-Avalon is the best cruiser
Agreed except the 1st, the G8 handles the looks department as well. I really don't understand the whole headlight treatment on the Maxima, why did somebody take a bite out of it?
 

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As one example, I realize the Hyundai has all the right credentials on paper, but I've been searching for a more meaningful commentary on how all of that comes together on the road. From the little I've read thus far, it seems that the translation from paper credentials to real-world impressions is mixed, at best. Kinda like most Hyundai vehicles; Hyundai reads the features of top competitors and matches or exceeds them, but it somehow doesn't always get the most out of the combination of the parts.
From the little I've read thus far, it seems that the translation from paper credentials to real-world impressions is mixed, at best.

Oh really?

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcon...G_20080821_bohr_hyundai_genesis.1f6b6b66.html
"My Genesis 3.6 felt nicely balanced, which indeed it is, with a near 50/50 front/rear weight bias. On both the highway and the mountain roads, the steering was responsive, the brakes powerful and the suspension well-controlled, with little secondary rebound over dips. The Genesis chassis may be a tad less refined than those of the car’s German competitors. But the driving experience is comparable overall."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/autocorner/chi-mxa0824matejaaug24,0,4538440.column
"Ride is luxury smooth. Handling benefits from the sports-tuned suspension. Wide-profile, 18-inch radials cushion the cabin from road blemishes while gripping tight in corners."

http://www.boston.com/cars/car_reviews/articles/2008/08/10/hyundai_puts_its_spin_on_luxury_sedans/
"Hyundai positions the Genesis as a performance sedan, and I admit I was skeptical about whether the automaker was willing to do what it takes to truly deliver a sport-sedan experience. Having driven the sedan on a variety of roads, I'm now able to report that Hyundai has backed up its talk with a true performer."
"The Genesis navigates tight corners like a much smaller car - body roll is well checked and the balanced chassis encourages you to push it harder."

http://searchchicago.suntimes.com/autos/research/jedlicka/1109838,DJ081608_genesis.article
"The Genesis' rear-drive setup provides balanced handling not provided by nose-heavy front-wheel-drive cars. Handling is pretty good -- probably a lot better than some might expect -- helped by an advanced suspension. But the Genesis isn't meant to be a sports sedan. For instance, my test car's steering, despite proper tire inflation, was quick but felt rather numb."

http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews...dai_genesis_4_6_short_take_road_test/(page)/1
"Our brief driving impression revealed well-controlled drive motions, predictable handling, and an excellent powertrain. We’ll need more time behind the wheel to be sure, but all signs point toward a well-tuned chassis."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/15/AR2008081501652.html
"Smart Luxury Takes on the Vanguards of Prestige"

http://www.technoride.com/2008/08/review_hyundai_genesis_sets_th.php
"The Hyundai Genesis sedan is everything Hyundai trumpets. It's a big luxury sedan on par with the Lexus LS430 at the price of a BMW 3 Series. It's fun to drive, well-appointed inside, has plenty of safety features, and offers a V6 engine, in addition to a V8, for those who want their luxury cars to top 25 mpg on the highway. The iDrive-like controller is easy to use. The Genesis lacks only the breadth of options offered by Lexus, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. And the cachet."

http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/d...130286?tid=edmunds.il.home.photopanel..1.*#22
"It's like the Cadillac of Hyundais." (And Edmunds means that as a complement, not an insult.)

http://www.cars.com/go/crp/research...=9251&year=2009&revlogtype=20&section=reviews
"Hyundai positions the Genesis as a performance sedan, and I admit I was skeptical as to whether or not the automaker was willing to do what it takes to truly deliver a sport-sedan experience. Having driven the sedan on a variety of roads, I'm now able to report that Hyundai has backed up its talk with a true performer."

http://www.autobytel.com/content/shared/articles/templates/index.cfm/ID/25173/article_id_int/2948
"It’s not often that a car company knocks one out of the park as comprehensively as Hyundai has with the Genesis. It possesses the power, luxury and poise of a much more expensive sedan, with almost zero compromise."

Mixed, huh?

I can think of six thousand reasons ($) to favor a G8 V6 over a Genesis, plus the G8 has better styling and sportier handling. But Hyundai hit a home run with this car. If they got the styling better, it would have been a grand slam.
 
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