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Ford & Mazda Vehicles Claim Six Spots on Road & Track’s Latest “Best Cars for Under $30,000″ List

April 5th, 2018


Check Out R&T’s Favorite Budget Ford and Mazda Picks at Borgman in Grand Rapids

Borgman Ford Mazda prides itself on giving our customers Fair Trade Deals and excellent value on their new vehicle purchases. That’s why we’re also so glad to be West Michigan’s home for Ford & Mazda vehicles – as these two brands have consistently produced high-quality and enjoyable vehicles at very affordable prices.

It should be no surprise that the writers at Road & Track have noticed too. In their most recent “20 Best Cars Under $30,000″ list, they gave six spots to vehicles you can find in our new vehicle lineup – three from each. Here are some excerpts from Road & Track’s latest list:

Ford Focus ST – $25,170

Where Ford’s Fiesta is a precision tool, the 252-horsepower Ford Focus ST is a brute. A healthy heap of old-school torque steer and a startlingly low price of $25,170 are a reminder of why we love the whole hot hatch idea in the first place. The muscle and economic arguments don’t tell the whole story though: Ford also packed some civility into the Focus ST, making it a surprisingly comfortable and well-rounded hoon-tool.

Mazda6 – $21,945

Mazda managed to introduce some extra fun into the mid-sized sedan segment. With only 187 horsepower, the Mazda6 isn’t really fast, but it’s got great steering and a general sense of sportiness. Plus, you can still get it with a six-speed manual for maximum fun.

Ford Fiesta ST – $21,285

How good is the Fiesta ST? Good enough that at least three current and former R&T writers have bought them. The hatch pushes 197 horsepower through its 1.6-liter turbo four, but that’s not what makes the car a win. The suspension and stability control tuning do some funny things with physics, resulting in a car that can bend any road to its wee little will.

Mazda3 – $18,095

At a starting price of $18,095, the Mazda3 is one of the cheapest cars to make our 20-Best list. That’s no surprise to Mazda watchers, and a stiff chassis and perfect (seriously, perfect) suspension setup make for a car that punches way above its weight.

Mazda MX-5 Miata Club – $29,755

For years, the Mazda Miata has been the go-to sports car for enthusiasts on a budget. Its balance, handling, and simplicity make it a blast to drive right out of the box, but it also makes a great starting point if you want to build your own heavily modified track car.

Ford Mustang EcoBoost – $25,680

10 years ago, the retrolicious S197 Mustang GT landed in dealers with a 4.6 liter V8 producing 300 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. Fast forward to today, where the Mustang EcoBoost makes 310 hp and 320 lb-ft from half the displacement, courtesy of Ford’s 2.3-liter turbo four. It’s punchy, fuel economy is no cause for worry, and the new Mustang is a vastly higher-quality all-around car than the one it replaces.

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Searching for an Affordable New Ford or Mazda in West MI? Visit Borgman in Grand Rapids Today!

Borgman Ford Mazda has been West Michigan’s home for Fair & Square Deals since 1960. Whether you’re looking for a New Ford Focus ST, Ford Fiesta STFord Mustang, Mazda3, Mazda6, MX-5 Miata, or any other vehicle in the New Ford or Mazda lineup, expect friendly, courteous customer service through the whole process.

Borgman Ford Mazda also offers extended test drives on any new vehicle through our Day Trader Program as well as an Exclusive 20-year/200,000 Mile Warranty on every New Mazda. If you have any questions, our staff is more than willing to help. Come see why we’re the Best in the West!


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