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 We’ve been huge fans of the MX-5 since 1989 but, when you drive it against rivals in 2012, it feels outdated.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