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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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Old 08-23-2005, 06:01 PM   #2
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I'm glad to see our car tied for third place in the ever important cupholder evaluation
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Old 08-23-2005, 10:33 PM   #3
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out of 24 catagories, the kia was ahead of focus 6 times. And most of those times was opinion. Why did the kia rate ahead of the focus? what a bogus test. The mazda and focus have the same basic engine. They should have been a lot closer to each other unless all they measured is performance.. and then the honduh wouldn't have been second. Typical ford hate. Glad they hate chivy worse.
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Old 08-24-2005, 06:42 AM   #4
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They forgot about Toyota Carolla......which is crap. (referring to the car)
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Old 08-24-2005, 10:02 AM   #5
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They neglected to mention that the ST is FASTER than a Mazda3 because it has closer gear ratio's...also, the Mazda is the most expensive of the group, and comes with LESS standard features for the bottom line than the ST...I bet this was yet another comparison where they put a standard 05 Foci, not an ST, and likely put a 2.3GT against the competition...
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