Com­pare, con­trast

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It’s been ir­ri­tat­ing me for many months so I fi­nally have to speak out. Why, oh why, does Cars­guide rarely pub­lish the 0-to-100 ac­cel­er­a­tion times in its car tests? Even your sports car comparo makes no men­tion of this key per­for­mance mea­sure­ment, which is surely crit­i­cal for such marques. Of course it’s not the be-all and end-all of a car’s at­tributes but it is im­por­tant and should be re­ported for all cars.

Don, email You’ll find we do men­tion this fact in our per­for­mance car pieces. Oth­er­wise, we are very con­sumer fo­cused and more read­ers care about safety and such things as boot space and ease of park­ing. ICON CRUM­BLES I don’t know how you can com­pare a two-seater con­vert­ible with three hatch­backs. Of course the Mazda MX-5 is go­ing to be more cramped than a Golf or Veloster, be­cause it is a twoseater. The MX-5 is a niche car and not too many get sold com­pared to four-seater hatches, that is why it costs more. MX-5 own­ers don’t com­plain be­cause it’s a fan­tas­tic week­end fun car and it also has great club sup­port world­wide. A con­vert­ible driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is not even re­motely com­pa­ra­ble to a hatch. Try it some time be­fore you bag an MX-5. As far as I am con­cerned a sports car should not be front-wheel drive.

Den­nis, email Thanks for the cri­tique on be­half of the MX-5 own­ers of Aus­tralia. But we as­sessed the best af­ford­able driv­ing cars avail­able to­day and the MX-5 comes up well short of the reardrive Toy­ota 86 and also the Golf GTI. We’ve been huge fans of the MX-5 since 1989 but, when you drive it against ri­vals in 2012, it feels out­dated. SAT­NAV NEG­A­TIVE In ad­di­tion to Mick Dafilis’s com­ments re­gard­ing the GPS sat­nav in his new Mazda BT-50, I pur­chased a Mazda3 MPS in June 2011 and on ev­ery trip I take to New­cas­tle in NSW the ve­hi­cle sat­nav sends me via Mel­bourne. Af­ter com­plaints to Mazda’s se­nior man­age­ment and to WhereIs I have been told there will be an up­date for $249, re­duced from $295. For $50, my TomTom gets six up­dates over 18 months.

John, email We agree but have got no fur­ther than you when ask­ing for help from Mazda. FORD FAIL In re­gard to Ford Aus­tralia’s fu­ture, I think that they have al­ready given up on be­ing a man­u­fac­turer in this coun­try. Why won’t they ac­tively seek ex­port mar­kets as GM-H and Toy­ota do? Also, they have a great prod­uct in the EcoBoost Fal­con yet you wouldn’t even know it ex­isted if it wasn’t for the me­dia. Why aren’t they ac­tively pro­mot­ing this car? I live in hope that this great com­pany can turn things around but it just looks like it won’t hap­pen un­less Detroit gets be­hind it as Toy­ota and GM do with their sub­sidiaries.

Mark, email You’re right that Ford is not do­ing enough to pro­mote its great cars. But, on the ex­port front, the Fal­con is ef­fec­tively a right-hand-drive or­phan that can­not be sold in coun­tries other than South Africa and NZ. NO­BRAINER I may have an op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase a com­pany ve­hi­cle from my old com­pany at a very good price and would ap­pre­ci­ate your ad­vice. Two cars are com­ing up: a 2007 Ford Ter­ri­tory Ghia with 190,000km and a 2009 Mazda CX-7 with sim­i­lar dis­tance. My pref­er­ence is the Ter­ri­tory mainly be­cause I have had Fair­mont Ghias in the past and al­ways en­joyed driv­ing them.

John Achter­berg, email

Even though you pre­fer the Ter­ri­tory, the CX-7 is a bet­ter ve­hi­cle. The only hon­est ad­van­tage in the Ford is if you need a seven-seater. BE SWIFT l am­look­ing to spend be­tween $7500 and $10,000 on a small four-cylin­der car and con­sid­er­ing the Mit­subishi Colt, Toy­ota Yaris or Suzuki Swift. I have two young kids.

Leanne Smith, email Go for the Swift. It’s a good lit­tle car and you’ll get bet­ter value than a Yaris of the same age. We’re not Colt fans.

Niche ve­hi­cle: The rear-drive

MX-5 is for fun, not freight

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