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Hyundai Sonata vx Mazda 6

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I am looking at year old used lower mileage rental cars. Locally there are decent availability for 2016 Mazda6 and 2016 Hyundai Sonata. Reliability and minimal chance of future expensive repairs are of major concern, as I would like to keep this car until 120,000 miles. Now looking at cars with 24,000 to 34,000 miles.

Priorities: Price or payments / Reliability & durability / Quietness

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Sedan

Car Needs: Family transporter / Errands about town / Long trips / Client-facing

Primary Driver(s): Senior driver

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 30000
Maximum age: 2 years

Maximum price: US $ 16000

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Response from mkaresh

1:39 am August 29, 2016

I'd expect either of these to be reliable up to 120k, and would buy whichever you like driving the most. A Accord or Camry might be even better long-term, but they'll also cost more.


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Response from jasonmreece

12:14 am August 30, 2016

The Sonata will be a little quieter than the Mazda6. But the Mazda will be the better to drive overall- better handling, better acceleration and (if we're comparing the basic Sonata SE to the Mazda6 i Sport), more features. I have no doubt that both cars would serve you well beyond the 120k miles. It really does come down to which one drives the best to you. Things like driver's seat comfort and adjustability, interior control layout, acceleration, braking, ride quality and handing are all important areas to evaluate. Only you can decide which one works best for you.

While you're shopping former rentals, you will probably see some Kia Optimas along with the Mazda6 and Sonata. The Optima is a mechanical twin (and shares many parts beneath the skin) with the Sonata. I have rented a Sonata and Optima in the past and I liked the Optima a little more than the Sonata. I found the interior design of the Optima to be more appealing and the seats were also more comfortable. But the Mazda6 was my favorite by a significant margin. It just feels like a very well-engineered, high-quality vehicle.

Good luck!


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Response from mkaresh

10:35 am August 30, 2016

Good suggestion on also seeing if Optimas are available. Just be sure it's a 2016 and not a 2015, as the 2015 was an older design. The downside: the 2016 will be the first year of the new design, and thus possibly a little glitchy. Unfortunately we don't have reliability stats for the new Optima yet.


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Response from NormT

12:34 pm July 19, 2017

If you want something to get you to 100,000 miles with just 7 oil changes and one or two sets of tires the Chevy Volt would be my choice.


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