AT A GLANCE
FORD FOCUS 2009-11
PRICE NOW LX $7500-$11,000; CL $6500-$10,500; TDCi $8500-$13,000 SAFETY 5 stars ENGINE 2.0-litre 4-cyl, 107kW/185Nm; 2.0-litre 4-cyl turbo diesel, 100kW/329Nm
TRANSMISSION 4-speed auto, 5 and 6-speed man, 6-speed dual-clutch auto; FWD
ALSO CONSIDER MAZDA3 2009-11 The big noise in the small car world, the Mazda3 has become one of our most popular models for good reason.
PAY $6500-$24,000 MITSUBISHI LANCER 2009-11 The forgotten small car just keeps on keeping on — and why not, it’s a good one.
KIA CERATO 2009-11 A good all-round small car choice from the up-andcoming Korean maker. Hard to beat.
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