Originally Posted by Pretherius
I agree with this completely and it's a major gripe of mine as well. You get rear discs on the $12K Hyundai but in 2013 you STILL have to tack on a big premium to get them on the Ford compacts...? Huh??
Unfortunately, it is like that with many compacts. Honda Civic are drums (except EX and Si). Nissan Sentra are drums (except SE-R). All Toyota Corollas are drums. Chevy Cruze are drums (except 2LT and LTZ). Mitsubishi Lancer has drums in the DE and ES w/o alloy wheels. I do not know about the Dodge Dart. I hope that more compacts in the future switch to rear disks. I do not know what the specs are for the 2013 Nissan Sentra, or the 2014 Toyota Corolla. If I did not mention a car, that means all wheel disk breaks are standard.
As for subcompacts, drums are standard in all trim limes of the Chevy Sonic and the Ford Fiesta. Also, the all trims of the Mazda 2 is drums and so is the Honda Fit and Nissan Versa. Yaris is drums until you go to the SE.
From a safety standpoint, I would like to see more applications of the rear disk breaks. If I miss anything, let me know. The point is that Ford is not the one doing this, but we think that they should be stepping up and act like a class leader when it comes to safety.