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#697 of 1324 Re: less overall legroom than a Mazda2? [creakid1]
Aug 22, 2011 (3:29 am)
I bought a new Gen 1 Scirocco in 1979 and loved that car; what a blast to scream around corners/curves on three wheels.
Funny thing about the Mazda2 versus the 2012 Focus, the dealership where I bought my Mazda3 is a combination Ford and Mazda dealership and I had the opportunity to compare a 2011 Mazda3, a 2012 Focus, and a 2011 Mazda2 side-by-side-by-side, and I was so shocked that the Mazda2 seemed to have a bit more legroom than the Focus that the first thing I did when I got home was to look it up. Sure enough, the Mazda2 has 42.6/33.0/75.6 (Front/Rear/Total) inches of legroom versus 41.9/33.2/75.1 inches. To be sure, both cars are too tight for fitting my family so I guess the point is moot when the Mazda3 has so much more room (42.0/36.2/78.2).
#698 of 1324 I'm Mixed Up with Ford, VW and Mazda
Aug 25, 2011 (7:11 am)
Maybe, I'm getting old or something ,but I've been on this site for 15 years ,they have me down as 2 years.
Anyways Himler, Spyder and Nippon Only had the answers for our Integs and GSR'splus the RSX.
My problem is I have a short list made. .The Ford Fiesta SE HB because of the SFE pk and you can get a moonroff etc; as you can't in the Focus. I have to step up to the SEL HB to get get lumbar, and some other stuff. I never use the backseat in any of my cars and I don't care if they fold flat or not.The Fiesta is about 3k cheaper than the SEl Focus .
Now, the TDI Golf has every thing the Fords do not offer except ,if you get a moonroof I think you have to get navigation also. and the price is maybe $2300.00 more than the Focus.
Now, the Fiesta acording to the dealer w/SFE will get me 40mpg, the Focus 36 mpg I can't get anything out of Mazda on their Sky engine dieasal for milage or price.Oh, I forgot I don't care about rear seat room. Oil is $85.38 a barrell today ,but I wouldn't put much stock in it.
Lastly, I was driving home and stopped at a dealers lot and they left a Mini unlocked and I sat in it and it fit like a glove,however I locked my self in it and it was dark out so I called the police and they got me out. They saw my purple heart plates and one was a Marine so they laughed at the situation. I like the Mini, but living in snow country forget it.
Ok, which car would you buy,bearing in mind diesal cost 50- 60 cents more a gallon?Also, we just got a new governor that has changed the car tax system as no one pays MSRP. So forget bringing the sticker to pay your excise tax and sales tax.Excise tax is $50..00 a thousand of cars value and sales tax is5 %. Thanks Puffin
#699 of 1324 Re: I'm Mixed Up with Ford, VW and Mazda [puffin1]
Aug 29, 2011 (6:56 pm)
You've picked three good ones there. I'll offer up a possible fourth. Kia Rio 5. It's brand new this year, 39 mpg, 5-door hatch. I'm 6'4" and can fit in it!
Best of luck with whatever you get.
#700 of 1324 Re: Focus (new) vs. Fusion (proven) [m6user]
Sep 01, 2011 (5:42 pm)
I currently have a 2010 Fusion Sport. 40K on the clock, Car runs great, handles great, rides great, but Fuel economy sucks. 21.6 MPG. Now that it is out of warranty, of course something broke. The drivers door handle cracked where the spring is, and apparently this is a common thing from 2006 on. You would think they would have improved that.
Just in daily driving to and from work, we spend about $90 a week in gas. I'm considering downsizing to a Focus, if it gets 32 MPG in DD, that would save us roughly $118 a month in gas alone. If I get it for $450 a month or less then I would be saving an additional $50+ a month. We put on 500 miles a week to and from work plus what ever weekend driving we do. At a minimum $168 a month savings might be seen, but going down a size in the car, plus we have 2 car seats in it, I am not sure if it is worth doing. Our family car, when we go out with the whole family is a 2010 Flex, and that is a great car, but it gets 18 MPG, so it is even more expensive to drive daily, But oh so much fun, its Ecoboost, and QUICK!
What kind of MPG can I expect in rural driving, mixed of Country highways and city? As a comparison, a 2009 Camry Hybrid got us 38 MPG, and a Prius 53 MPG. I like driving the Sport, but the FE on it is just not that good.
#701 of 1324 Re: Focus (new) vs. Fusion (proven) [acdii]
Sep 01, 2011 (11:26 pm)
What Fusion do you have 4 or 6?
21.6mpg is about exact for the average EPA on the 6...if you have the 4cyl and you're getting 21.6mpg...that's like the city mpg.
So I'd compare what you get now compared to the Focus EPA.
Fusion 4cyl 21.6mpg (you're getting city mileage) = Focus 27mpg (city)
Fusion 6cyl 21.6mpg (you're getting average) = Focus 31mpg (average)
I used http://www.fueleconomy.gov for these calculations/comparisons.
#702 of 1324 Re: Focus (new) vs. Fusion (proven) [ivan_99]
Sep 02, 2011 (7:09 am)
He says it's a Sport. That is a 6 cyl.
#703 of 1324 Re: Focus (new) vs. Fusion (proven) [m6user]
Sep 02, 2011 (8:57 am)
The Fusion Sport is a 6 cyl but not the more common 3.0L. It's the 3.5L instead.
#704 of 1324 Re: Focus (new) vs. Fusion (proven) [baggs32]
Sep 02, 2011 (9:06 am)
I know....your point?
#705 of 1324 Re: Focus (new) vs. Fusion (proven) [m6user]
Sep 02, 2011 (9:07 am)
Sorry, didn't realize the 'sport' was more than an emblem or pin-striping...the way they used to add 'Sport' to Chrysler mini-vans
#706 of 1324 Re: Focus (new) vs. Fusion (proven) [ivan_99]
Sep 06, 2011 (6:23 am)
It's the whole package on this one. Suspension, seats, handling, engine, trans. It used to get over 23 MPG then I replaced the tires with ones that actually grip the road, and it dropped.
I test drove the Focus, and the back seat doesn't look like it will cut it. I have two kids still in car seats, one in a booster, and the leg room is too tight for either of them, my son would have to curl his feet to keep them off the seat back. Other than that the car drove rather well, though the engine is loud, and it is a bit of a slug compared to what I drive now, but is something to take with a grain of salt considering the difference in MPG. The other thing I did have a problem with is the center console, my knee presses right against it, and to alleviate that I had to move the seat back a bit, which used up more rear leg room. I was considering the Titanium package, the one I test drove was an SEL base, so maybe the seat would be a bit more adjustable in the Titanium. I still have to put the car seats in and see how the kids fit before writing it off. If this doesn't work, I could always look for a used Fusion Hybrid.