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Old 08-23-2005, 07:29 AM   #1
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2005 Economy Sedan Comparison Test

Edmond's Inside Line just did a 2005 Economy Sedan Comparison Test
Here are their findings...

First Place: 2005 Mazda 3
Costs a Little More but It's Worth It
Smooth Drivetrain, So-So Mileage
Phenomenal Dynamics
Top-Quality Interior
Go Buy One

Second Place: 2005 Honda Civic
Small Engine, Smart Transmission
Well-Mannered on the Road
A Nice Place to Spend Time
Many Practical Reasons to Buy One

Third Place: 2005 Kia Spectra
Nice Pull Off the Line
Performance Fades in Midrange
Comfy Ride, Average Handling
Bland but Inviting Interior
Everything Has its Place
All About Value

Fourth Place: 2005 Ford Focus
New Engine for 2005
Still a Delight to Drive
Revised Design, Same Old Troubles
Occupants Sit Tall
Lovable but Flawed

Fifth Place: 2005 Hyundai Elantra
Slower Than the Spectra?
Smooth Ride, Unremarkable Handling
Dated Cabin but Still Functional
Accommodates Tall Adults, Large Cargo
The Fallen Value Leader

Sixth Place: 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt [:)][:)][:)][:)][:)][:)]OWNED[:)][:)][:)][:)][:)][:)]
Where's the Hospitality?
Unexpectedly Quick
Smooth, Quiet, but Not Much Fun
Budget Commuter Car

Seventh Place: 2005 Suzuki Forenza
Struggles to Get By
Ride and Handling Fall Short
Nicely Appointed but Flawed
Plenty of Room
Not a Strong Choice

Evaluation - Drive

Engine Performance
Rank Vehicle Score
1 Mazda 3 8.9
2 Chevrolet Cobalt 8.4
3 Ford Focus 8.0
4 Honda Civic 7.2
5 Kia Spectra 6.9
6 Hyundai Elantra 6.7
7 Suzuki Forenza 4.9

Transmission
Rank Vehicle Score
1 Mazda 3 8.9
2 Honda Civic 8.5
3 Chevrolet Cobalt 8.0
4 Ford Focus 7.9
5 Kia Spectra 7.3
6 Hyundai Elantra 6.6
7 Suzuki Forenza 5.6

Braking
Rank Vehicle Score
1 Mazda 3 8.6
2 Honda Civic 7.8
3 Chevrolet Cobalt 7.7
4 Ford Focus 7.4
5(t) Hyundai Elantra 7.0
5(t) Kia Spectra 7.0
7 Suzuki Forenza 6.1

Suspension
Rank Vehicle Score
1 Mazda 3 9.1
2 Honda Civic 8.2
3 Ford Focus 7.9
4 Chevrolet Cobalt 7.6
5 Kia Spectra 7.1
6 Hyundai Elantra 6.7
7 Suzuki Forenza 5.4

Tires
Rank Vehicle Score
1 Mazda 3 8.4
2 Ford Focus 8.1
3 Honda Civic 7.3
4(t) Hyundai Elantra 6.9
4(t) Kia Spectra 6.9
6 Chevrolet Cobalt 6.3
7 Suzuki Forenza 5.2

Steering
Rank Vehicle Score
1 Mazda 3 8.7
2 Ford Focus 8.3
3 Honda Civic 7.8
4 Hyundai Elantra 7.1
5 Chevrolet Cobalt 6.7
6 Kia Spectra 6.6
7 Suzuki Forenza 6.3

Visibility
Rank Vehicle Score
1 Honda Civic 8.0
2(t) Chevrolet Cobalt 7.9
2(t) Ford Focus 7.9
2(t) Hyundai Elantra 7.9
2(t) Suzuki Forenza 7.9
6 Mazda 3 7.7
7 Kia Spectra 7.6

Fun to Drive
Rank Vehicle Score
1 Mazda 3 9.4
2 Ford Focus 8.4
3 Honda Civic 7.8
4 Kia Spectra 6.6
5 Chevrolet Cobalt 6.4
6 Hyundai Elantra 6.3
7 Suzuki Forenza 4.7

Evaluation - Ride

Seat Comfort Front
Rank Vehicle Score
1 Mazda 3 8.7
2 Ford Focus 7.9
3 Honda Civic 7.8
4 Kia Spectra 7.4
5 Hyundai Elantra 7.0
6 Suzuki Forenza 6.6
7 Chevrolet Cobalt 6.3

Seat Comfort Rear
Rank Vehicle Score
1 Ford Focus 7.9
2 Honda Civic 7.5
3(t) Mazda 3 7.4
3(t) Suzuki Forenza 7.4
5 Kia Spectra 7.3
6 Hyundai Elantra 6.9
7 Chevrolet Cobalt 6.0

Wind & Road Noise
Rank Vehicle Score
1 Mazda 3 8.3
2 Chevrolet Cobalt 8.0
3 Honda Civic 7.7
4 Kia Spectra 7.6
5(t) Ford Focus 7.3
5(t) Hyundai Elantra 7.3
7 Suzuki Forenza 6.1

Rattles & Squeaks
Rank Vehicle Score
1 Honda Civic 9.2
2 Mazda 3 8.9
3 Ford Focus 8.6
4 Kia Spectra 8.1
5 Chevrolet Cobalt 7.4
6 Hyundai Elantra 6.9
7 Suzuki Forenza 6.0

Evaluation - Design

Interior Design
Rank Vehicle Score
1 Mazda 3 9.4
2 Honda Civic 8.8
3 Ford Focus 7.6
4 Suzuki Forenza 7.3
5 Kia Spectra 7.1
6 Hyundai Elantra 6.6
7 Chevrolet Cobalt 5.9

Interior Material
Rank Vehicle Score
1 Mazda 3 9.0
2 Honda Civic 8.7
3 Kia Spectra 7.4
4 Ford Focus 7.0
5 Suzuki Forenza 6.9
6 Hyundai Elantra 6.7
7 Chevrolet Cobalt 5.6

Climate Control Design/Operation
Rank Vehicle Score
1 Honda Civic 8.8
2 Ford Focus 8.3
3(t) Kia Spectra 8.0
3(t) Mazda 3 8.0
5 Hyundai Elantra 7.9
6 Chevrolet Cobalt 7.6
7 Suzuki Forenza 7.1

Audio System Design/Operation
Rank Vehicle Score
1 Mazda 3 8.6
2 Honda Civic 8.5
3(t) Ford Focus 7.4
3(t) Kia Spectra 7.4
3(t) Suzuki Forenza 7.4
6 Chevrolet Cobalt 7.1
7 Hyundai Elantra 6.1

Secondary Control Design/Operation
Rank Vehicle Score
1 Mazda 3 8.9
2 Honda Civic 8.2
3 Kia Spectra 7.4
4 Ford Focus 7.3
5(t) Hyundai Elantra 7.1
5(t) Suzuki Forenza 7.1
7 Chevrolet Cobalt 6.7

Exterior Design
Rank Vehicle Score
1 Mazda 3 9.1
2 Ford Focus 8.3
3 Honda Civic 8.0
4 Suzuki Forenza 7.3
5 Hyundai Elantra 7.0
6 Kia Spectra 6.9
7 Chevrolet Cobalt 6.6

Headlight Illumination
Rank Vehicle Score
1 Chevrolet Cobalt 6.0
2(t) Ford Focus 5.0
2(t) Honda Civic 5.0
2(t) Hyundai Elantra 5.0
2(t) Kia Spectra 5.0
2(t) Mazda 3 5.0
2(t) Suzuki Forenza 5.0

Overall Build Quality
Rank Vehicle Score
1 Mazda 3 8.9
2 Honda Civic 8.5
3 Kia Spectra 7.7
4 Hyundai Elantra 7.4
5 Ford Focus 6.9
6 Chevrolet Cobalt 6.7
7 Suzuki Forenza 6.1

Evaluation - Cargo/Passenger Space

Entry/Exit
Rank Vehicle Score
1 Honda Civic 8.3
2 Mazda 3 7.7
3(t) Ford Focus 7.6
3(t) Hyundai Elantra 7.6
3(t) Kia Spectra 7.6
6 Chevrolet Cobalt 7.3
7 Suzuki Forenza 7.1

Expanding/Loading Cargo
Rank Vehicle Score
1(t) Ford Focus 8.0
1(t) Honda Civic 8.0
1(t) Hyundai Elantra 8.0
4 Mazda 3 7.9
5 Suzuki Forenza 7.3
6 Kia Spectra 7.1
7 Chevrolet Cobalt 6.9

Storage Space
Rank Vehicle Score
1 Mazda 3 8.4
2(t) Hyundai Elantra 7.9
2(t) Kia Spectra 7.9
4 Suzuki Forenza 7.6
5 Honda Civic 7.5
6 Ford Focus 6.6
7 Chevrolet Cobalt 5.9

Cupholders
Rank Vehicle Score
1 Kia Spectra 8.3
2 Mazda 3 8.1
3(t) Ford Focus 7.3
3(t) Hyundai Elantra 7.3
5 Suzuki Forenza 6.9
6 Honda Civic 6.7
7 Chevrolet Cobalt 6.6

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