November 8, 2002

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance says Ford Focus ZX3 is best in class

Ford Focus
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Dearborn, Michigan – Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has named the Ford Focus ZX3 “Best in Class” among cars priced under U.S.$16,000 in its December 2002 Special Auto Issue.

“Smooth, nimble and responsive, this car is ready for urban traffic with a 130-horsepower engine,” the magazine writes.

The Focus ZX3 earned the honour by scoring more total points than 48 other models in the segment, including the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Chevrolet Cavalier, Saturn ION and Dodge Neon, in areas that include performance, value and safety.

In Kiplinger’s proprietary scoring system, 65 percent of all possible points are earned for performance and value criteria, which include:

  • Power
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Front and rear legroom
  • Headroom
  • Cargo space
  • Price
  • Resale value

Safety accounts for 20 percent of a vehicle’s score, based on injury-claims data collected by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) and the availability of features such as side-impact airbags, anti-lock brakes and traction control – all of which are available on Focus.

The subjective opinions of Kiplinger’s road testers about a vehicle’s interior design, exterior styling and dashboard layout make up the remaining 15 percent of the score.

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