So I'm looking to buy a midsize card soon, ideally within days but my current car runs and there's no real rush. I've done a fair amount of internet research and test driven a few cars, some twice, most of it today.
I drove: Ford Fusion SE, Hyundai Sonata SE, Nissan Altima SV, Honda Accord LX,Sport, and a Volkswagen Passat.
I'm dumb and shouldn't have wasted my time on the Passat because it's too expensive and I didn't realize that Jetta was actually a midsize, and yet I've not seen it mentioned in any of the "top midsize car" articles I've read.
The Accord was initially promising for its price and roominess, but upon second look it's a bit too plain without a steep enough discount to be worth it.
My impression of the Altima could be spoiled by incompetent salesmen, but the rear seats seemed tight, the CVT a bit loud, ABS that kept kicking in when it seemed it shouldn't, unwanted forced add-ons like nitrogen tires, and the complete inability to actually dial my contacts via bluetooth.
I liked the Sonata for its only moderately tight rear legroom and ample headroom, good instrument panel even without a big touchscreen, very nice turning radius and moderately quiet ride, lower price and seemingly awesome warranty.
I liked the Ford for the best-looking interior and exterior, a similarly nice if somewhat cluttered instrument panel(if I don't get MyFord Touch), another quiet ride and seemingly powerful acceleration(though not in the first second or so). One of my few complaints aside from price is a very large A-pillar that obscures a bit much of my vision when turning left.
I'm thinking about a Ford Fusion or Hyundai Sonata, but maybe there are things/cars I overlooked or didn't consider, and I'd appreciate being informed about them.
Also, I was planning on putting down a large $10,000 downpayment, but is there any reason why I wouldn't put down 0 if I was offered 0% financing for 60 months?