Had pretty well decided that a 2001 or 2002 wagon (Automatic, Zetec) was the
way to go for my next vehicle. But now I am looking at the ZX5 - a bit
sportier looking and seemingly slightly better equipped. Is there an
appreciable difference that I am missing?
TIA for your help - you swayed me in favor of a Focus, now help me make up
my mind :-) LOL!
Other than the obvious difference in headroom and cargo capacity,
there's the surprising but minor fact that the wagon's shape has the
lowest coefficient of drag of the 3 Focus body types. Total drag's
probably about the same, though. No doubt, the wagon's one of the best
small wagons. Do you really need one? Will you be gadding about,
living the uprooted lifestyle, carrying your worldly wealth on your
We also found that the ZX5 tends toward the expensive in the used
market, but this would obviously vary by region.
Have you considered the ZX3?
I looked briefly at the ZX3, but I really need 4 doors. I am a minister, and
often end up with three other adults in the car, running to one meeting or
another (more possible with the Zx3 than many other hatchbacks from what I
understand, but I know what it is like to climb into the back of a 2-door in
a skirt and heels!) . I am looking at the wagon/ZX5 rather than the sedan
largely because it would give me a good spot for my dog. I also do a lot of
traveling, and look forward to the extra cargo space.
In that case I heartily recommend the wagon. Unless you have a very large
dog, there is enough room in the rear of the wagon for the pooch with the
back seat up, which avoids wet noses in your ear while driving. Spoken from
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