Buy/Drive/Burn: V6 Midsize American Sedans of 2007
In our last edition of Buy/Drive/Burn, we looked at some midsize V6 sedans of Japanese origin from 2007. In the comments most of you decided the Accord was worth a Buy, but complained that you’d rather spend $28,000 on a V6 Altima than the larger and nicer $28,000 V6 Maxima. Go figure.
Anyway, on to the American midsize sedan triumvirate of 2007!
Today’s American V6 sedans in top-tier trim target a lower price point than their Japanese counterparts: $23,000.
For 2007 the sixth generation Malibu is finishing out its last days. Riding on the Epsilon platform with the Saab 9-3 and Pontiac G6, Malibu is available in four-door sedan and four-door Maxx hatchback guises. Trims are four this year: LS, LT, SS, and LTZ. The LTZ comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine good for 217 horsepower. Said horses shift through the four-speed automatic, and buyers sit on surfaces of leather and simulated suede. This Malibu continues on for one final year and overlaps its replacement, in the 2008-only Malibu Classic. $23,675.
The Sebring enters a new third generation for 2007, as the midsize sedan moves onto the Chrysler/Mitsubishi JS platform. Available with four doors as a sedan or two as a convertible, the Sebring is available in Base, Touring, and Limited trims. 2007 is the only year the top trim third-gen Sebring is front-drive, as in 2008 the all-wheel drive Limited takes that position. Today’s front-drive Limited employs a 3.5-liter V6 good for 235 horses, and is paired to Chrysler’s first-ever six-speed automatic with AutoStick. $23,445.
The Fusion enters its second model year in 2007, and continues as a much more popular car than Ford’s prior midsize offering, the Contour. On the CD3 platform with the Lincoln MKZ and Mazda 6, the Fusion’s trims span S, SE, and SEL. Fusion is the only competitor here to offer all-wheel drive in 2007, and it’s available on SE and SEL trims. Today’s front-drive SEL is powered by the trusty 3.0-liter Duratec V6 that Aston Martin uses. 221 horsepower travel through the six-speed automatic. $22,170.
Similar in price, power, and mission, which of these American sedans is worth your 2007 pre-Great Recession dollars?
[Images: Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford]
Join the conversation
Latest Car ReviewsRead more
Latest Product ReviewsRead more
- Peeryog OK , my fault. But there were a number of inadvertent scatalogical references in the original post. To which, having the intellectual maturity of a 12 year old boy, I snickered.
- Ajla People that buy a new Silverado or Sierra without a V8 are like the people that get salmon at Peter Luger.
- MKizzy The Mazda 6 wagon needs to be brought here pronto. Sexy looks aside, it would look less out of place in Mazda's CUV lineup vs the sedan, and since Mazda wants to go "premium," wagon customers tend to be the most affluent (if Daimer-Benz is to be believed). My second choice is the attractive Hyundai i40 wagon, which would replace the defunct VW Sportwagon in the small/mid size wagon niche.
- Carlson Fan GM needs new leadership. A 9000lb off-road vehicle???? Don't get that thing stuck in a remote area.Imagine if they had brought back the iconic K5 Blazer name and built something to compete with the Wrangler like Ford did with the Bronco. They could have offered that with an electric power train in addition to the gas models. Ford may have some quality issues right now but whoever is steering that ship knows what they are doing. The Bronco & Maverick where both brilliant ideas.
- Carlson Fan "But it does give General Motors an opportunity to dangle a diesel in front of the faces of consumers and presumably one that yields better gas mileage than the 6.2-liter V8 they’d otherwise be buying."I'll take the 6.2 thank you. The diesel offers some advantages over gas if you use the truck for towing, lower total cost of ownership isn't one of them. I'll add in the gas engine offers better long term reliability & cold weather performance if you live where it snows like me.
I'd buy a Fusion in 2007. Alan Mulally was getting ready to lead Ford at the start of a global crisis and was the only one of the three to not get bailed out. Malibu, I'd drive but not my fave. Oh, Stellantis? Oh, sorry, no. Fiat? Oh crap. 2007 model year? So 2006 calendary year. Ah! Gotcha. Oh Daimler Chrysler... I was a Mopar fan in my youth, but I've got more refined taste these days.
Wow, this one's really easy. Buy - Ford Fusion: I test drove a 2007 V6 years ago and was quite impressed. Ford was really onto something with this generation Fusion, and for a long time they ranked as very reliable. Drive - Chrysler Sebring: I had a very good experience with my 1998 Dodge Neon, and my grandparents had good luck with their Chrysler vehicles, so that's enough to give this the edge over the Malibu. Burn - Chevrolet Malibu: I hated the styling of this generation of Malibu. It's probably fairly reliable and trustworthy, but it's just not something I'd want to own or drive. The 2008 was miles better.