Yeah, my Maxima is a nice car but every 6 months I have to change the keyless key batter, a CR2025 3V. It's a bit of a pain. You have to crack open the plastic case and you wonder if the $350 key is going to break. The above video says to change battery once a year but in my experience, and those on message boards, twice a year seems more like it.
The Ford Fusion with Oxford White is okay. Silver and gray are okay also. But put it in the white platinum metallic tri-coat, which cost an extra $500, and it's the best looking car for under 30K. That would be the SE model.
I heard on Larry Mantle's AirTalk KPCC that car owners with voice-recognition tech on their cars are growing more and more frustrated.
Part of the problem is that the tech we own such as smart phones has a higher turnover rate and that the tech for cars now available was planned long before the first iPhone was even availalbe. With this lag in car tech, car owners are not liking the glitches in their cars' obsolete tech systems.
My friend let me drive her rental, a 2013 bright red Kia Sportage. I don't know what package it was, but it did have appealing tight cloth seats, great brakes, nimble steering, and ample acceleration. I almost liked it.
However, it had some problems: Poor visibility, cheap plastic interior parts, and worst of all a low roof line that made me hit my head while getting in and out of the vehicle. That's a deal-breaker.
June 2013 Consumer Reports writes that their tester Mazda 6 to them 44mpg on the highway and 32mpg overall, beating the Nissan Altima's 31mpg. That's amazing for a sporty car with over a 180 hp. I'm especially impressed with their highway numbers. I wonder how soft their foot was on the pedal. I notice my foot has an unusual amount of lead inside it.
Commenting on my being drawn to the Mazda 6, StarHalo writes:
"family sedan" are mostly exclusive of one another; modern affordable
sedans are like Starbucks cups - they're the minimum needed to get the
job done competently, that's all anyone expects so that's all anyone
gets. But there are a few surprising coffee mugs out there, and the
Mazda 6 is one of them..
I went to South Bay Mazda in Torrance to look at the CX-5 (my wife wants a larger vehicle than her Honda Fit). In spite of being impressed with online images, I was underwhelmed by the crossover CX-5 in person but felt a huge passion for the Reflex Blue Mazda 6 both inside and out. I swear had I not got my butt out of there soon, I was going to buy it. If my wife wants an upgrade, I hope she'll consider the Mazda 6.