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I believe the best midsized sedans are right here in the US (the foreign markets really don't have a midsized sedan category without calling them luxury sedans). And after 1996, the best midsized sedans around were the Accord and Camry. Maybe the Impala.
With the introduction of both the Ford Fusion, things have changed. However, since the Fusion is just a somewhat better Mazda6, I may exclude that car in this poll.
The Camry has had serious reliability issues lately, coupled with average interior quality, meaning the only two contenders that remain would be either the Honda Accord or Chevrolet Malibu.
I believe that the Malibu has both the better exterior and the better drivetrain than the Accord, but automobile journalists have been hesitant to critisize the Accord's interior, hence the reason for this poll.
Which car interior do you think has the better quality and design? The Accord? Or the Malibu?
Quality would include things like control placement, quality of interior materials used and overall execution of interior room and space.
Design would include such factors as visual appeal, style and choice in display and lighting.




Quality-wise, I'd give the nod to the Malibu, since there are no assembly defects in the Malibu, and all panels fit together with tight precision. The Accord, however, has a very wide gap where the glovebox meshes with the dash cowl, and to make matters worse, the glovebox door is crooked. Furthermore, the thin wedge of plastic under the controls area is likewise crooked, and as you can see, has wider gaps than the surrounding gaps -- all serious manufacturing flaws not seen in the more carefully-constructed Malibu.
The Malibu has classier chrome accents, and greater attention was paid to these interior details than in the Accord interior, which seems to have no regard for anything but the very bare-bones.
The plasma display in the Malibu is far brighter, has greater contrast and a true, 180-degree field-of-view as opposed to the Accord's cheaper, monochrome liquid crystal display -- a technology that's seen in a calculator LCD display that's sold at the 99-cent store.
 

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UMMM...instead of a GM FAN-BO""I"" thread



CLS AMG

or...

M5



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Jaguar XF

.....please don't be a fanBOY worshipper.

No the malibu doesn't have the best mainstream midsize sedan interior either...none are completely superior to the rest. I'd have to go with the new Mazda6, the Altima, or the Mercury Milan. PERIOD.

(*PWN*)

CobaltSS

this probably takes the cake though:


and this is good too:
 

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However, since the Fusion is just a somewhat better Mazda6, I may exclude that car in this poll.
There is a new Mazda 6.
 

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I still say the Accord, the Malibu had some upsetting quality problems when I saw it (i.e. paint not applied correctly to trim) and it still has that corporate radio.
 

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Man, you know Malibu is going to win...
this is a GM fanboy site...
I anticipated all this beforehand, which explains my comments such as, "...The Malibu has the better drivetrain and exterior, but which one has the better interior?"
Since I already stated clear advantages that the Malibu has over the Accord, this left the door open for the import fanboys here to contend that the Accord may be just as good or better in the only department left: the interior.

By the way, I have since renounced my condescending, arrogant ways. There is just a different breed of poster on this forum than, say, at Car and Driver, where those posters are well-deserving of my rebuttals.
I promise, also, not to be condescending to the import fanboys here, so feel free to speak your minds.
 

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I still say the Accord, the Malibu had some upsetting quality problems when I saw it (i.e. paint not applied correctly to trim) and it still has that corporate radio.
What's a "corporate radio"?
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I would have to say the 2009 Mazda 6 is my favorite. Among the poll choices, I would rank the Accord and Malibu in a tie. I wish the Accord had fewer buttons and I wish the Malibu had a more integrated center console.
 

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What's a "corporate radio"?
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That ugly square thing, versions of which they incorporate into almost every car:
















Some are better integrated than others, but essentially you have this beautiful interior design that is inhibited by that square thing, and so you have to design the dash around it. It gets kinda repetitive when it fits in nice and quite ugly when it doesn't.
 

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Those don't all have the same corporate radio. But even if they all did, if they integrated it well, as in the Malibu, I don't see the issue. You'd have to sit in multiple cars to know that it's the same, and then you'd have to find a reason to care.

That said, with interior space factored in as part of the poll criteria, the Accord is the obvious winner despite its unfortunate styling. They're on opposite extremes of their class in that area.
 

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Those don't all have the same corporate radio. But even if they all did, if they integrated it well, as in the Malibu, I don't see the issue. You'd have to sit in multiple cars to know that it's the same, and then you'd have to find a reason to care.

That said, with interior space factored in as part of the poll criteria, the Accord is the obvious winner despite its unfortunate styling. They're on opposite extremes of their class in that area.
I was sitting in a new Accord EX V-6 yesterday. (I was at the dealer getting raped, but that's another story.) I don't think there is anything "obvious" about the Accord having the best interior. It's like Honda has made the decision to do whatever it takes to keep its aging customer base.
 

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I hadn't noticed the H2 got a new interior.

The new one is really appealing. Great job, GM! (Old interior was absolutely horrible, and even more so when factoring in the price.)
Yeah the new interior is very good, definitely a nice upgrade.
 

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I was sitting in a new Accord EX V-6 yesterday. (I was at the dealer getting raped, but that's another story.) I don't think there is anything "obvious" about the Accord having the best interior. It's like Honda has made the decision to do whatever it takes to keep its aging customer base.
It's not the best unless you factor in space, which is what I said. Factor in space, and you can't possibly say the Malibu's is better.
 
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