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]