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AutoGuide has listed "10 Great Vehicles That Cost Less Than a Ford Focus RS." The 2016 Ford Focus will start at $36,605 and has 365 hp under the hood. There are other options though that cost less. Check them out below.

2015 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS - $34,500, 426 hp

2015 Ford Mustang GT - $33,200, 435 hp

2015 Chevrolet Volt - $35,170, 38 miles of all electric range

2016 Acura RDX - $36,190, 279 hp

2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8L Ultimate - $35,495, 348 hp

2016 Subaru WRX STI - $35,490, 305 hp

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Regular Cab, Long Box - $34,925, 360 hp

2015 BMW 320i xDrive - $35,945, 180 hp

2016 Nissan 370Z Sport - $34,395, 332 hp

2015 Cadillac ATS 2.0T - $36,240, 272 hp

Have you guys considered any of these vehicles instead of the Ford Focus RS? They are cheaper.

http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2015/08/10-great-vehicles-that-cost-less-than-a-ford-focus-rs.html
 

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Now that I'm looking at the list, there are a few nice ones I may take into consideration if the Focus RS option doesn't pan out.
The 2016 Nissan 370Z Sport looks great with it's sleek design and it has a higher hp than the RS though I'm not a big fan of the dashboard design.
 

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Yea, a few of these are things that I think I'll look into. The Hyundai Genesis Coupe and the Nissan 370Z Sport. Test drives would be awesome.
 

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Nissan's next Z car is said to take on a different direction, something much more along the lines of the nimbleness of 240z, 240sx, etc.... from those era's.
 

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Nissan's next Z car is said to take on a different direction, something much more along the lines of the nimbleness of 240z, 240sx, etc.... from those era's.
"Nimbleness"?

What does that mean exactly? Less weight? Less power? Just better handling?
 

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Probably better handling in turns and maneuverability when doing that fun serpentine thing and just going around obstacles. Not too sure how nimble the 240z actually is as I've never seen it in action.
 

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Fair enough. One of those things that you probably have to experience for yourself to really understand.
 

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Probably better handling in turns and maneuverability when doing that fun serpentine thing and just going around obstacles. Not too sure how nimble the 240z actually is as I've never seen it in action.
Yeah that's exactly it, and don't forget about lighter weight, and due to that it will help with performance, also requiring less of the engine.
 

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With the ST already on the market chances are you can scoop one up for a good price used, then pocket the savings or use it for mods ;)
 

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Quite true. And a lot of people who are interested in these types of cars are more interested in the mods that can be done to their vehicle than having the vehicle be new in the first place.
 

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I would say yes, but out the gate you are paying more for all the extra stuff they have already included. If you plan on replacing a bunch of performance parts anyway, it might be better to just buy an older model to act as a base for all the other parts you are going to buy in the future.
 

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I usually leave my cars stock except for the tires and maybe some decals. Any further tuning is beyond me but I'm sure there are enthusiasts out there who would make a few more modifications to their Focus RS.
 

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Yea it is beyond me as well, not to mention its pricey. Ultimately I'm looking for the best bang for my buck. Always interested to see what tuning shops and intense car tuners come up with though.
 

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Now that I'm looking at the list, there are a few nice ones I may take into consideration if the Focus RS option doesn't pan out.
The 2016 Nissan 370Z Sport looks great with it's sleek design and it has a higher hp than the RS though I'm not a big fan of the dashboard design.
I really don't think the 370z is in the same ball park as the rs. Not even close. Its nice looking and aged well but It's 2wd, outdated transmission, engine, and the torque is not existent. It's in bad need of updating and I think it's more of a bmw type suit and tie gentlemen's sports car and less of a raw track car.
 

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I really don't think the 370z is in the same ball park as the rs. Not even close. Its nice looking and aged well but It's 2wd, outdated transmission, engine, and the torque is not existent. It's in bad need of updating and I think it's more of a bmw type suit and tie gentlemen's sports car and less of a raw track car.

I agree with you on the Z - I took a 370 Nismo for an extended test drive through some twisty roads. It handled well but the steering and braking were vague. The biggest disappointment was the lack of torque and acceleration.


I think the Z definitely has the looks but it is no driver. I really wish it had more going for it, I was so disappointed.
 

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Vague steering and braking on a sportcar is not something most people want to hear. Guess that option is out the window.

The only other one on the list I may be interested in is the 2016 Subaru WRX STI but it's not a hatch. Has anyone thought about the Golf R?
 

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Vague steering and braking on a sportcar is not something most people want to hear. Guess that option is out the window.

The only other one on the list I may be interested in is the 2016 Subaru WRX STI but it's not a hatch. Has anyone thought about the Golf R?

I looked into the golf R as well - the AWD system is Haldex, so it's all time front-wheel-drive and occasionally AWD. Not nearly as good as the AWD system on the RS, STI, Quatro, Xdrive, etc.


The interior is nice, there is good aftermarket support, but without the DCC option - I wouldn't even consider it
 

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This morning Subaru presented the new Impreza. It seems to have improved quite a bit from the older generation. Lighter, more rigid and with nice looking interiors. It can be a very nice platform for the future STI. How long do you think we'll have to wait before Subaru will release some details about it? I personally don't see the current STI in the same ballpark as the Focus RS, but the next gen STI might be a valid competitor.

http://www.autoblog.com/2016/03/23/2017-subaru-impreza-marks-debut-of-subaru-global-platform/
 
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