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Ford Focus may have the hatchback, but Civic has overall better value
By drivefun on
Vehicle2013 Honda Civic LX 2dr Coupe (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
ReviewI test driven the 2013's Elantra GT, Mazda CX-5, Focus SE hatchback (hb) and Civic Ex. It finally came down to the wire between the Focus and Civic.... I thought over the need of a hb, and seemed compelling at first, I don't recall needing to haul a lot of stuff last several years, and if I did I rented a van a couple of times from Home Depot. Next, the hb looks nice, but reduces the rear viewing area. Overall, I felt the Civic has improved significantly. MPG, long term cost of ownership, features and styling matters to me. The 2013 Civic nails them in pretty well. I'm giving it a 4 star on value, since it now cost a little more after Ford's recent $2,500 factory incentive.
Best Features- Much quieter ride and improved handeling - High MPGs - High level of detailing - Moonroof - Available black interior - Proven engineering and reliability leading to lower cost of long term ownership and maintenance.
Worst FeaturesAdd: - Touch button start - Direct fuel injection - Blind spot indicator (e.g. like Mazda CX-5 Touring has) - Manual shift in automatic Remove: - Land departure feature and put the money in adding some or all of the items above.
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