As of 7/24/06, Ford is offering 0% financing on all 2006 models AND paying customer's gas until 2007. Let me know when Honda does the same.
I priced a new Honda Civic (which is nowhere NEAR the quality of the Focus) and I almost fell out of my chair laughing when they gave me a price quote!!! They wanted $5000 more for a comparably equipped car!!! I don't think so!!! $20,000 for a CIVIC is ludicrous!!!
Granted, the Focus is cheaper than the Civic, but what price do you put on 4 stars vs. 5 star crash results when my 16 year old is behind the wheel?
4 to 5 star crash results have absolutely no bearing when a 20 ton brick emporium truck decides to push his way into your lane...
Your little feeble Toyota or Focus will fold up like a cheap can of American beer.
I worked in a junk yard for many years, the majority of vehicles that we piled on top of one another were all small sub-compact vehicles; people die very easily in the latter vehicles!
The above can only withstand a very low level bump, any accident occurring at 40-55 miles per hour would usually result in death.
To survive the above accident would be a miracle!
How a mother or father could place their son or daughter behind the wheel of a sub-compact is beyond my understanding.
Additionally, the latter *New* drivers (recently received their license) are still learning!
According to your logic, new drivers or teenagers should only drive big cars? If you want to take the radical view of an Emporium Truck bearing down on a sub-compact car, why don't you use an example of a freight train hitting any bus, tractor trailer or car, and see who can survive such a collision!
A compact car has the advantage of being smaller and more nimble, with sharper handling to aid any new drivers in accident avoidance. You try doing the same in a F350, and tell me if that is any easier to handle for a new driver.