Last post on Dec 08, 2013 at 7:13 PM
You are in the Sedans
What is this discussion about?
Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Maxima, Mazda MAZDA3, Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Lexus IS 250, Acura TSX, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#3174 of 3640 Re: Honda Civic used vs Ford Focus new [plekto]
Mar 26, 2013 (9:34 am)
This is not a practical choice for most people. The poster asked about two specific vehicles that both use gasoline. You made your point. Now move on.
#3175 of 3640 Re: Honda Civic used vs Ford Focus new [skyl1]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Mar 26, 2013 (9:47 am)
It sounds like you're leaning toward the 05 Civic because it is easier on your budget, at least initially. Nothing wrong with that, and I chose that option recently myself (used vehicle at a much lower price). However, as others have mentioned, you'll want to have it checked out by a mechanic prior to purchase. While Civics are generally reliable, that can vary greatly depending on how well it was maintained, and you'll want to know going into the purchase whether there are any obvious pending maintenance or repairs that need to be done.
If the Focus is going to stretch your budget right now, it's probably not worth it. I'd buy used, then sock away as much money as you can to help with a downpayment on a new vehicle in a few years.
I'd avoid the Civic Hybrid, personally. We've seen lots of reports about issues with the IMA battery on that model, and some owners have experienced a rather drastic reduction in MPG - if that happens, you won't reap the savings on fuel that you would hope to with a hybrid.
Just on person's opinion!
#3176 of 3640 Re: Honda Civic used vs Ford Focus new [skyl1]
Mar 26, 2013 (10:51 am)
I found one more which looks to be in my price range, and is newer than the 05' yet has fewer miles than the Hybrid.
2009 Honda Civic LX with 76663 miles
Here's the Carfax
I do like the idea of getting something relatively newer so that it won't have as many issues, do you think this might fit the bill?
Thank you all for your responses so far!
#3177 of 3640 Re: Honda Civic used vs Ford Focus new [skyl1]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Mar 26, 2013 (11:08 am)
Well, the EX you linked earlier has an automatic transmission and is a sedan. The LX you linked to has manual transmission and is a coupe.
The 2009 is obviously going to have some more modern features, like MP3 input and keyless entry. If the manual vs. automatic and coupe vs. sedan difference isn't important to you, then the LX looks like a better deal for you. High miles for its age, but the Carfax shows that it at least had regular maintenance performed.
#3178 of 3640 Re: Honda Civic used vs Ford Focus new [kirstie_h]
Mar 26, 2013 (11:25 am)
The MT is the way to go on a Civic, for fun and economy, if you can drive a stick.
Also the 2009 is safer (standard curtain airbags, better crash worthiness) than the 2005, which was an older generation).
Mar 26, 2013 (7:50 pm)
I'm in the market for a new vehicle. I have no real preferences other than:
no convertibles, trucks, SUVs, coupes
Leaning to mid/full size sedan, crossover, hatchback.
I was a "lay down" last time I bought, but I'm here to learn.
I really like cars with convenient tech.
The Fusion Titanium is a front runner, there's also Accord EX-L w/Navi
Altima was, but I read about major issues with them. I've considered an Optima as well.
I believe that I would fit into the "well qualified lessee" category finally, so that option is on the table and it could put me into more car than I've considered.
Thursday I am going to drive a Fusion and Accord again. Any others I should add to Thursday plan? Plan is to try and negotiate a good price Friday due to EOM.
#3180 of 3640 Re: Honda Civic used vs Ford Focus new [suydam]
Mar 27, 2013 (10:35 am)
This is not a practical choice for most people. The poster asked about two specific vehicles that both use gasoline.
I doubt if one person in a hundred even knows that Honda makes the Civic with a CNG option. For long distance highway commuters, it's a very frugal choice provided there is a filling station in your area. As gas prices climb to $5 a gallon this summer, it might be a bit more appealing to people, though.
The original poster did mention a Civic. If the Civic came with CDI engine as an option (like it does in the U.K.) , I'd have also recommended it.
#3181 of 3640 Re: Honda Civic used vs Ford Focus new [plekto]
Mar 27, 2013 (1:33 pm)
As gas prices climb to $5 a gallon this summer
Oh good grief. Do we need to help spread this rumor every year?
#3182 of 3640 Re: Honda Civic used vs Ford Focus new [qbrozen]
Mar 27, 2013 (8:33 pm)
Gas prices increase every summer due to greed by the oil companies. Gas has remained over $4 a gallon for more than a year where I live, with it hitting $4.70 a gallon last summer. So $5 a gallon this summer, I bet I see darn close to it.
Welcome to California. Now open your wallet.
#3183 of 3640 Re: Honda Civic used vs Ford Focus new [plekto]
Mar 28, 2013 (6:14 am)
It would have to go up 15% to even hit $4 here in NJ, so I still don't see anyone caring about a CNG car here, or in most US markets, for that matter.
In any case, some folks have been chanting the sky is falling every year around this time for many years now, and it has yet to happen. I guess as long as it keeps getting repeated, it has to be right EVENTUALLY, and those folks can finally say "I told you so!"