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Old 04-07-2008, 02:53 PM   #66
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well feel is apparently just that: feel

the real numbers speak volumes

ford focus ZX3 slalom speed - 63.9 mph
lateral g's - 0.81

mazda 3s slalom speed - 69.0 mph
lateral g's - 0.87

the 3 feels less nimble because it isolates you more with electronic throttle, and electro hydraulic steering assist, along with a quieter cabin than a focus

if you have actually DRIVEN both cars, the focus feels more nimble because it uses a traditional cable throttle and standard rack and pinion hydraulic steering, and bottom line feels more like a tin can than a 3, so you get more feedback..the experience is definitely more visceral

the way the 2 cars perform is quite a different story

i know this is an enthusiast site but if you pull you bias out of your opinion
the numbers just dont lie

bottom line you are trying to compare a 10 year old chassis with a 4 year old one...

truth of the matter is a more fair comparison would be a 3rd gen Protege with a Focus..close power numbers, chassis designed at the same time(98-99), similar steering and suspension...amazing how close they are in just about avery category
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