Originally Posted by DocHolliday
Another +1 on the Fords. The Fiesta is a shockingly nice small car. Great gas mileage, a sturdy feel, and some surprising options for the class. Call it gimmicky, but it fills a niche.
much praised has been showered on the fiesta (for its segment, of course) but i found it extremely unfinished in execution. the seats are an afterthought, hatch space is non existent, no true fold flat option for utility, interior design is bad in a 80s-envisioning-the-future sense. it feels very much like its price tag, or worse.
for the same price i think the honda fit is a much more polished and refine choice. perhaps the mazda 2 as well. but there are many written comparisons of the 3 out there.
Originally Posted by gateslion
For the record, as far as I know, the Ford focus and FOrd fusion are just the Madza3 and Mazda6, diffent wrapper on the same chassis.
same platform, as is shared with a few model of volvos as well. that said, they are quite substantially different cars - drive train, interior design, etc. the NEW focus is nice, but can get pricey if optioned wrong.
new jettas are very downmarket compared to its previous incarnation. the golf tdi and gti make a compelling case for value, if one shops used (new ones start at 24k).
i think hyundais and isuzu (kizashi) is worth a look, too