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    Kia Optima ranked ahead of Honda Accord

    by Consumer Reports.

    Consumer Reports: Kia Sedan Tops Honda Accord - Yahoo! Autos

    I would never consider purchasing either vehicle since I want a reliable all wheel drive vehicle. Nevertheless the ranking is interesting.


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    Re: Kia Optima ranked ahead of Honda Accord

    Quote Originally Posted by alaskaguy View Post
    by Consumer Reports.

    Consumer Reports: Kia Sedan Tops Honda Accord - Yahoo! Autos

    I would never consider purchasing either vehicle since I want a reliable all wheel drive vehicle. Nevertheless the ranking is interesting.
    We just purchased a Subaru Legacy for that very reason. Good gas mileage, great safety ratings and all wheel drive. The Accord and Sonata are really good cars, but AWD sealed the deal for us.


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    Re: Kia Optima ranked ahead of Honda Accord

    Not that I disagree or even know anything about these two cars but I use Consumer Reports for reliability ratings and statistics only. They are pretty much worthless when it comes to everything else.



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    Re: Kia Optima ranked ahead of Honda Accord

    I get Consumer Reports (online), automobile mag, road and track, car and driver, and motor trend.

    Motor Trend and C&D are my favorites for review and comparisons. I used to get Autoweek but it's terrible.

    When I've went out and drove the same cars I felt like those two mags were the most accurate.



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    Re: Kia Optima ranked ahead of Honda Accord

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Janny View Post
    We just purchased a Subaru Legacy for that very reason. Good gas mileage, great safety ratings and all wheel drive. The Accord and Sonata are really good cars, but AWD sealed the deal for us.
    Subaru is going to be at the top of my list next time we're car shopping for these very reasons.



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    Re: Kia Optima ranked ahead of Honda Accord

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    I get Consumer Reports (online), automobile mag, road and track, car and driver, and motor trend.

    Motor Trend and C&D are my favorites for review and comparisons. I used to get Autoweek but it's terrible.

    When I've went out and drove the same cars I felt like those two mags were the most accurate.
    I agree with you the CR is not necessarily "car experts". I definitely find more value in their reliability ratings.

    Motor Trend and C&D, cars are all they do so I would hope they are the experts when it comes to actual performance. In the past, however, I've felt they were sometimes biased toward American cars.



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    Re: Kia Optima ranked ahead of Honda Accord

    yeah, my wife will want a subaru because her dad has a new forrester. I guess that locks me into that brand.



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    Re: Kia Optima ranked ahead of Honda Accord

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    Subaru is going to be at the top of my list next time we're car shopping for these very reasons.
    We haven't had our Legacy very long, but so far we've been nothing but pleased. Can't say enough good things about it.


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    Re: Kia Optima ranked ahead of Honda Accord

    Quote Originally Posted by alaskaguy View Post
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    Consumer Reports: Kia Sedan Tops Honda Accord - Yahoo! Autos

    I would never consider purchasing either vehicle since I want a reliable all wheel drive vehicle. Nevertheless the ranking is interesting.
    What about the AWD Honda CRV? Can't get any more reliable than that!



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    Re: Kia Optima ranked ahead of Honda Accord

    I still have a hard time wanting a Kia. Not sure why.



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    Re: Kia Optima ranked ahead of Honda Accord

    Quote Originally Posted by aauummm View Post
    What about the AWD Honda CRV? Can't get any more reliable than that!
    That's what happens when you take a good simple vehicle and rarely change anything.



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    Re: Kia Optima ranked ahead of Honda Accord

    Quote Originally Posted by bos View Post
    I still have a hard time wanting a Kia. Not sure why.
    It has not been that long since they were a joke and old habits/beliefs die hard. While Hyundai has mostly divested itself from Kia -- they are still the majority owner, but own less than 40% of the company -- it seems Kia has followed Hyundai's formula for slow, solid growth and improvement in reliability and performance.



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    Re: Kia Optima ranked ahead of Honda Accord

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    That's what happens when you take a good simple vehicle and rarely change anything.
    Yep, you got it. It's had a few styling changes over the years along with the typical interior and electronics upgrades but it just keeps plugging along. Top performer and seller in it's class.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    It has not been that long since they were a joke and old habits/beliefs die hard. While Hyundai has mostly divested itself from Kia -- they are still the majority owner, but own less than 40% of the company -- it seems Kia has followed Hyundai's formula for slow, solid growth and improvement in reliability and performance.
    Makes sense. They have some nice looking cars, good warranty, and decent prices. Maybe someday Ill change my tune.



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    Re: Kia Optima ranked ahead of Honda Accord

    Quote Originally Posted by aauummm View Post
    Yep, you got it. It's had a few styling changes over the years along with the typical interior and electronics upgrades but it just keeps plugging along. Top performer and seller in it's class.
    I think I had a 97 and it was gutless. If you set the cruise at 75mph it would not drop down a gear to speed up and it couldn't keep up by staying in the same gear. Other than that it was a good little vehicle. In 2008 we were considering the CRV as well as some others for my wife but after driving the Nissan Rogue there was no way i was going to get her to buy a CRV.



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