I loved my 2000 Ford Focus ZX3 5-speed:
brilliant steering and magic, compliant
long-travel suspension. Wanted SVT
Focus, but none available. Acura
offered a GREAT lease deal: $1k down
included 1st mo, 48mo @$275 w/tax for
RSX-S w/15k miles/yr. Mazda 3S
hatchback nice but only $9/mo less than
better performing/feature-laden RSX-S.
Mini S nice but too small, too $$.
Best feature: tan leather, high-quality
interior vs. cloth in coal-bin black.
Type S = fabulous performance (esp.
engine/6 speed), but rather too stiff &
frenetic. Comfy seats, well
bolstered. Why don't they put better,
stickier tires on these??? Best-in-
Tan leather interior (not black!),
superb 6 speed, fit & finish, quality
materials, feature-laden for great
price. Hot rod engine (if you're
willing to use the revs), Acura dealer
experience, long warranty. I like the
looks. Hatchback practicality, decent
stereo. Great lease deal.
Stiff suspension lacks
travel/compliance, esp.@ rear. Way
under-tired for intended sporty usage
(needs wider, stickier tires), failure
of seats to return to previous
position, engine slightly buzzy.
Steering wheel could be thicker,
firmer. Needs more interior storage.