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Camry vrs Sonata #5334942 01/28/20 07:50 PM
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I will be moving soon.
Looking for a mid size car for a 35 to 40 mile one way trip to 3 miles city the rest hwy.
I will be buying something used a few years old about 40k miles.
Plan on keeping it to 250k.
2017 or older camry and sonata milage close.
Newer camry claims 41 hwy.
Sonata about 2 to 3k cheaper used.

Any suggestions on long term cost vrs mileage ?
I want reliability low cost transpertation.

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Low price or low cost.


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For 250K miles Camry all day every day. That generation, like most is very reliable. You will likely be on your second (at least) engine in a Sonata. I recommend checking Carcomplaints.com for both, draw you own conclusions.


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Re: Camry vrs Sonata [Re: tblt44] #5334953 01/28/20 08:05 PM
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Sonata is bigger and more comfortable. Way more bang for the buck. Had 1 cv boot tear in 107k miles with my 2015, that’s it.

But having to possibly deal with an engine failure at some point? Still might be cheaper with a Sonata.

But if you want dead simple reliability just get the Camry.

Or look into the 1.6L turbo Sonata.


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Re: Camry vrs Sonata [Re: tblt44] #5334960 01/28/20 08:25 PM
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Do hyundia have engine problems ?
I know toyota runs forever.
I'm a Gm/chevy truck owner.
Have owned them years w/ 200k +.
But for a car I dont like chevys except Corvette.
Nissan has that CVT transmission that has problems


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Re: Camry vrs Sonata [Re: tblt44] #5334965 01/28/20 08:29 PM
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Camry if you don’t want to work on a car, Sonata if you do. That Sonata is cheaper for a reason.


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Both cars are so unexciting! As far as vanilla and reliability goes, Camry is one of the best ever. Go Camry and just drive!


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for a couple of $K difference - you plan on keeping it - I would go with the well proven Toyota.

Re: Camry vrs Sonata [Re: tblt44] #5334995 01/28/20 09:20 PM
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If I had to drive something for 250,000 miles I'd want something a lot more entertaining than either, absolute reliability be [censored]. Unless you're broke, life is too short to drive boring.

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You're the perfect Chevrolet Volt customer. 38-45 miles of electric range for the 1st gen, 45-50+ for the second gen. You can find really nice 2nd gen's used, under full warranty, for CHEAP right now.

Given the cars in your sig, you have options about what you want to use for transportation. I would seriously consider a Volt... just my .02.


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Originally Posted by atikovi
If I had to drive something for 250,000 miles I'd want something a lot more entertaining than either, absolute reliability be [censored]. Unless you're broke, life is too short to drive boring.


Amen cheers

Though I do get where people who love their appliances come from. It’s just not for me.

+1 to the Volt idea

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If ya want the best ya gotta pay the Toyota tax...
There's a reason for it.


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Originally Posted by tblt44
Do hyundia have engine problems ?
I know toyota runs forever.
I'm a Gm/chevy truck owner.
Have owned them years w/ 200k +.
But for a car I dont like chevys except Corvette.
Nissan has that CVT transmission that has problems

Yes, 2.4L motors have been blowing up from time to time. They have a 10 year/120k mike warranty extended on them.


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Originally Posted by atikovi
If I had to drive something for 250,000 miles I'd want something a lot more entertaining than either, absolute reliability be [censored]. Unless you're broke, life is too short to drive boring.


“There are no boring cars, only boring drivers.” — Mario Andretti


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Originally Posted by PowerSurge
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If I had to drive something for 250,000 miles I'd want something a lot more entertaining than either, absolute reliability be [censored]. Unless you're broke, life is too short to drive boring.


“There are no boring cars, only boring drivers.” — Mario Andretti


I can't believe I've never heard that quote! So true. I've had some BORING cars that I've taken to 9/10ths of their limit and boy was it a hoot. Picture a 1985 Pontiac Fiero 2M4, auto trans, drifting through a snowy parking lot at 2AM kind of fun. One of the most boring cars ever to be built, yet I was having an absolute blast. I still miss that car... kind of.

I could say the same about my Volt. Is it boring? For sure. But it's actually quite fun throwing it in to corners and generally beating on it. It's got a low center of gravity, decent (and instant) torque, and good enough seats to keep you relatively secure. That's plenty of fun in my book.

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