Who cares about soft touch materials !?
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330R wrote: Some of the comments in this thread just further my belief that there are fewer real Honda fans of the products here anymore, and more Honda fans of the stock or of their job.
Seriously folks.. arguing against quality looking and feeling materials? Just a continuation of the sad state of affairs that has seen folks arguing against engine technology, performance, 6ATs, tech packages with 6MTs, better navigation systems, high revving engines...
The really sad part? The Focus BLOWS the Civic away in terms of ride/handling tradeoff, materials quality, interior design etc. The only thing I could find that wasn't impressive to me was the absolutely horrendous DCT transmission. Since I would buy a manual tranny anyway, that isn't much concern. Of course, there is still the Ford reliability card in play, but that will only last for so long if they continue to improve quality. I couldn't help but notice how European the new Focus feels, and couldn't help but remember how that used to be the case for Honda.
Neal bought a Hyundai for about a week before trading it in on a Honda.
Please don't invoke me. You have no idea of the happenings in my household.