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Namy
05-29-2011, 11:10 PM
I'm in the market for a new car, specifically a compact car. I've narrowed my options to a few cars. But as of now, the 2012 (re-designed) Ford Focus is at the top of my list.

Now, my question is: Hatchback or Sedan? Which do you prefer and why? To be honest, I slightly prefer the stylistic design of a sedan (although the hatchback design is growing on me). Plus, the sedan is about $800 cheaper. But the cargo utility you get from a hatchback is so much better and more practical.

Here's some pictures!

http://www.carnewpurchase.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/2012-Ford-Focus-3-Picture-570x376.jpg

http://media.il.edmunds-media.com/ford/focus/2012/as/10/ps/2012_ford_focus_f34_10-ps-as_924102_717.jpg

dolphinfan2k5
05-29-2011, 11:16 PM
I voted sedan, but the top picture is looking pretty good. In general I'd go sedan, but of those two I'd take the hatchback. Cool color too.

CashmoneyDrew
05-29-2011, 11:16 PM
Might as well spend a few more bucks and get the Lamborghini Aventador.

Cigaro
05-29-2011, 11:24 PM
Expected to come here in immediately say sedan, but that particular hatchback looks better with more space.

Hatchback.

Raiderz4Life
05-29-2011, 11:55 PM
Idk...imho hatchback's are uuuggglllyyy. I voted sedan.

Sidenote...does this make me a hypocrite? Cuz I own an Acura Integra which I absolutely love and its technically a hatchback? lol

Namy
05-30-2011, 12:26 AM
Idk...imho hatchback's are uuuggglllyyy. I voted sedan.

Sidenote...does this make me a hypocrite? Cuz I own an Acura Integra which I absolutely love and its technically a hatchback? lol

Meh, it's shaped like a sedan so I guess not. But do you enjoy the extra trunk space you have in your car (assuming your seats fold flat)?

vikes_28
05-30-2011, 01:22 AM
Dude, don't buy new, it's a rip-off...driving it off the lot just depreciates it.

TitanHope
05-30-2011, 02:55 AM
I prefer salooooooooons, and I voted that. But then I saw the pics, and I'd probably go hatchback. It just looks better, and the sedan version just looks...generic.

Any reason why you're leaning towards a Focus?

niel89
05-30-2011, 03:53 AM
I like the hatch. It think it carries the styling to the back better than the sedan, and I think the sedan looks a little boring. Also up to 40 mpg? Thanks advertising at the bottom of the page!

nepg
05-30-2011, 04:58 PM
Damn. The new Focus looks nice. I'd go with the hatchback. It looks better and is more useful.

nobodyinparticular
05-30-2011, 05:04 PM
Not what you're looking at, but this is the first hatchback I've seen that I've actually liked...

http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/9594/mazda3hatchbackbyjoelde.jpg

Freaking love the new Mazda 3 hatchbacks, but it has to come with a spoiler to some degree.

Raiderz4Life
05-30-2011, 05:05 PM
Meh, it's shaped like a sedan so I guess not. But do you enjoy the extra trunk space you have in your car (assuming your seats fold flat)?

They do. I usually keep em folded so nothing interrupts my bass kicking =P

M.O.T.H.
05-30-2011, 05:19 PM
I used to hate hatchbacks, but they've def. grown on me. Ummm...they're both four door, so it's all good. I think they both look pretty cool. If we were talking a two door hatch, then I'd probably go with the sedan, because they're a little more convenient...if you frequent people in the backseat, or are relatively close to having a family of your own.

I really need a new/newer car, myself. But I'm in a bit of a bind. I had $5000 saved up for a new vehicle, but with my dad losing his job, I've spent nearly all of that, on bills and what not. Kind of sucks. Now, I'm sitting at about $2000, so I would have had a good $7000 at this point. But whatever...I'll get something eventually.

49erNation85
05-30-2011, 07:17 PM
Eww fords. Save some cash and go with like a 2005 dodge neon.Same car but better looksng and cheaper and your wallet but hard to find a 5 speed .

Raiderz4Life
05-30-2011, 08:16 PM
Eww Dodge. Focus>>>Neon...if you're going brand new...get a Fiesta. Love that little sucker.

TitanHope
05-30-2011, 09:39 PM
Eww Dodge. Focus>>>Neon...if you're going brand new...get a Fiesta. Love that little sucker.

Brilliance. "Don't get a Ford Focus...Get a Dodge Neon!" Albeit, the SRT-4 makes me slightly chubby. Never been a huge fan of either though, but I have heard good things about the Fiesta, and almost suggested it, but I thought it was so similar body-wise to the Focus hatch. Top Gear though actually launched it off a amphibious landing vehicle with the Royal Marines, and it was able to drive out of the ocean and onto the beach. Fords are nifty little cars. I'm having to drive a Taurus right now because my 325i is a disaster.

NIP made a great suggestion too. A buddy of mine had a Mazda 3 sedan and it's way cool. But we couldn't build an intake onto it because once we disassembled the airbox, the car wouldn't start. Not that you'll be doing that, but still...it made me so frustrated at the time.

I drove a Nissan Maxima once, and it was a blast. Also, I think the new Honda Accord coupe, in black, looks sharp for a Honda.

Raiderz4Life
05-30-2011, 10:27 PM
the SRT-4 is pretty cool but I'm not a fan of 4-door sports cars. Even then I'd rather have a Pobe.

The Fiesta is a peppy lil simbich...pretty responsive and fun for a car that's supposed to be an econobox. And real cheap I might add....was thinking of getting one but signing a 5yr contract didnt tickle me fancy.

Namy
05-30-2011, 10:40 PM
Dude, don't buy new, it's a rip-off...driving it off the lot just depreciates it.

Yeah, I'm aware of that. But, I've had a crummy experience with used cars, too. Cars have more mechanical and reliability issues the older it gets, and I always feel ripped off paying the mechanic to fix those issues.

Also, the 2012 Focus is redesigned. The 2011 Focus (and its predecessors) suck.

Any reason why you're leaning towards a Focus?

The cars I'm looking at are the Focus, Elantra, Forte Koup, and Civic. I test drove all of them and came away most impressed with the Focus's performance on the road. Not to mention, it gets 28/38 MPG. I'm hoping to buy the car at invoice (or close to it), which would be around $19k flat. I consider that to be a good value.

Raiderz4Life
05-30-2011, 10:43 PM
Out of those the Forte Koup is beast!! The Civic is best bought used...a lil overpriced imo. The Focus isn't bad if all you need as fuel economy and 4 wheels with a motor.

nepg
05-30-2011, 10:53 PM
Not what you're looking at, but this is the first hatchback I've seen that I've actually liked...

http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/9594/mazda3hatchbackbyjoelde.jpg

Freaking love the new Mazda 3 hatchbacks, but it has to come with a spoiler to some degree.

the focus is the same car.

Namy
05-31-2011, 12:09 AM
Out of those the Forte Koup is beast!! The Civic is best bought used...a lil overpriced imo. The Focus isn't bad if all you need as fuel economy and 4 wheels with a motor.

If I can't negotiate a low enough price for the Focus, then my next option would be the Forte Koup!

M.O.T.H.
05-31-2011, 12:42 AM
Eww fords. Save some cash and go with like a 2005 dodge neon.Same car but better looksng and cheaper and your wallet but hard to find a 5 speed .

Neon's are so ******* ugly.

M.O.T.H.
05-31-2011, 12:44 AM
Yeah, I'm aware of that. But, I've had a crummy experience with used cars, too. Cars have more mechanical and reliability issues the older it gets, and I always feel ripped off paying the mechanic to fix those issues.

Also, the 2012 Focus is redesigned. The 2011 Focus (and its predecessors) suck.



The cars I'm looking at are the Focus, Elantra, Forte Koup, and Civic. I test drove all of them and came away most impressed with the Focus's performance on the road. Not to mention, it gets 28/38 MPG. I'm hoping to buy the car at invoice (or close to it), which would be around $19k flat. I consider that to be a good value.

Why not add Mazda to that list, as someone mentioned? I'm pretty partial to the Mazda 3s/6s, myself. They're great cars.

diabsoule
05-31-2011, 05:13 AM
I agree with NIP. The new Mazda 3 hatchbacks are pretty pimp.

But to stay on the original topic, I'd go with the hatchback. It just looks better.

Namy
05-31-2011, 01:58 PM
Why not add Mazda to that list, as someone mentioned? I'm pretty partial to the Mazda 3s/6s, myself. They're great cars.

I may be wrong, but as nepg mentioned, the Focus and the Mazda 3 are very similar cars because they essentially share the same chassis.

I think the picture NIP posted of the Mazda3 is sick, but keep in mind... that's the rear view. The front "smiley-face" view is a little too strange for me. I couldn't get over it! I've tried.

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2009/04/01-2010-mazda3-first-drive_opt.jpg

FlyingElvis
05-31-2011, 02:36 PM
Test drive the 3 before you rule it out. Ford used to have decent options when it was Mazda's car carrying the Ford logo (escort / ranger) but that's not necessarily the case anymore. Mazda definitely has the better vehicles. Plus, Ford should be reamed repeatedly in it's ass for not giving the home crowd the bomb version of the Focus it gave to Europe.


http://www.auto-types.com/images/_autonews/Ford-focus-rs-500_113938852.jpg

**** you, Ford!


anywho . . .

Go with the Hatch. That coupe version looks like a generic car that screams "Ignore Me!"

But seriously, drive the zoom zoom. Their marketing campaign don't lie . . .

Namy
05-31-2011, 08:44 PM
Plus, Ford should be reamed repeatedly in it's ass for not giving the home crowd the bomb version of the Focus it gave to Europe.
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The 2012 Focus is a "global Focus." Starting with the 2012 model, Ford will be selling the same Focus in the US as Europe.

But I will give the Mazda3 a shot, per your (and several others') requests.