Focus vs G5

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After a lot of talk of a used car purchase, I finally convinced my buddy to buy new. The numbers look good, $18k msrp, minus $2-$3k in discounts and $4500 clunker cash, we are topping at $11k. Assuming the same price, what is the thinking on Focus vs G5? He saw the G5 at a dealer and liked it better than the Focus, but I like the Focus and did not see the G5 yet. Any general thoughts?
 
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Ex bought an 08 Focus.. I hated it. Small inside, terrible exterior (subjective) and uncomfortable seats. I also did not like many other small nitpicky things about it, but those are all different from car to car. The powertrain itself seemed decent though. I like the looks of the GM's much more, and the Ecotec engines are decent. I'd personally go with a 'Balt or G5 if I had to pick a small domestic new car.
 

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Incentive is $3500 on the G5 and $2000 on the Focus, but I got a dealer who will give another $1100 dealer discount off the Focus. I'd probally take the Focus. I'll report back, probally doing the deal in a day or two.
 
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I personally prefer the G5. I think it looks better than it's Chevy twin. The interior was fairly impressive, too. Looked great in all black \:\!
 
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The current Focus looks better then previous generations. The G5 is typical Pontiac spaceship styling. The Ecotec is a winner though, but so are the powertrains in the Focus which are similar to the Mazda 3 I believe?
 
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If it came down to looks, the G5 wins hands-down IMO. There's a new Focus 4 doors down from my house, and I think it looks like a giant electric shaver. I guess I'm alone in the opinion that the previous Focus, although long in the teeth, looks better. The G5 is the Cobalt's better looking brother, and has always taken a back seat in sales, so you should be able to score a killer deal on one.
 
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I hope that's not really a concern. I can assure you that any conceivable part one might need for a G5 is sitting in a GM warehouse right now, and can be ordered by any GM dealership well into the future.
 
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I'd go with the G5. More room to 'dicker' with a GM dealer, and the Ecotec powertrain is superior to what Ford offers. I believe the G5/Cobalt have more interior room - I rented a Cobalt once, and it was very roomy inside. the Focus 'looks' more 'snug', but I could be very wrong. G5/Cobalt also has a longer warranty - 100k miles. They also have oil life monitors, to optimize oil changes. Ford is 7500 miles, no give or take to that.
 
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I would say they are both good cars for what they do. I think in this case it would all come down to simple personal preference.
 
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My 07 Focus has been a fine small car. Very roomy, plenty of head and leg room. I'm 6-3 and have ample room. Mileage is very good with plenty of power.
 
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 Originally Posted By: jigen
I would say they are both good cars for what they do. I think in this case it would all come down to simple personal preference.
+1 I like both...
 

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 Originally Posted By: addyguy
I'd go with the G5. More room to 'dicker' with a GM dealer, and the Ecotec powertrain is superior to what Ford offers. I believe the G5/Cobalt have more interior room - I rented a Cobalt once, and it was very roomy inside. the Focus 'looks' more 'snug', but I could be very wrong. G5/Cobalt also has a longer warranty - 100k miles. They also have oil life monitors, to optimize oil changes. Ford is 7500 miles, no give or take to that.
Government warranty! With $50 billion from your pocketbook backing it!
 

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Focus has better handling, G5 more power. He is getting the G5. Has a deposit, but there is an issue with the clunker money now.
 
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