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2013 Ford Focus SE vs. 2013 Dodge Dart Rallye

For many years, the Ford Focus SE has rested comfortably at the top of its class: no other compact sedan has offered the same combination of comfort, efficiency, and power which is available once again in the new Ford Focus.  Enter the 2013 Dodge Dart Rallye, complete with its clever (and ubiquitous) ad campaign.  Can the new Dart dethrone the Focus as the best compact?

The following table compares some of the technical specifications of each vehicle (statistics courtesy of Road and Track):

2013 Ford Focus SE


2013 Dodge Dart Rallye


160 bhp @ 6,500 RPM; 146 lb-ft torque 160 bhp @ 6,400 RPM; 148 lb-ft torque
2.0L inline 4-cylinder Engine 2.0L inline 4-cylinder Engine
5-speed manual transmission; front-wheel drive 6-speed manual transmission; front-wheel drive
36/26 highway/city mpg 36/25 highway/city mpg
GDI flex fuel engine Gas engine
MacPherson Strut front suspension; independent rear suspension MacPherson Strut front suspension; multi-link rear suspension
16″ wheels 17″ wheels
Front-wheel disc brakes Four-wheel disc brakes
2,907 lbs base weight 3,186 lbs base weight
SYNC voice-activated entertainment system; AM/FM Stereo with CD/MP3 player; 4″ touch screen Uconnect 200; AM/FM Stereo with CD/MP3 player

Without delving too deeply into the mechanical differences, it is clear that these are two extremely similar vehicles.  The Focus has a slight edge in terms of fuel mileage, with the added bonus of flex fuel capability which is absent in the Dart.

Differences in power are negligible, although city drivers may favor the Focus’s 5-speed transmission in traffic.  Both compacts reportedly handle extremely well, although differences in the rear suspension offer unique handling profiles (to choose one over the other is a matter of taste; visit your Phoenix Ford dealer for a test drive to help you decide).

The Dart includes four-wheel disc brakes, though both the Dart and the Focus are equipped with anti-lock brake (ABS) systems and all-season tires.  The Focus’s reduced curb weight, although not strikingly different from that of the Dart, does add noticeable pep during braking and cornering.

The verdict?  It may simply be too close to tell, but the incumbent Focus can be purchased at a base price around $800 lower than the Dart, leaving more room to include options and accessories.  In a class which is all about receiving the most value for every dollar, it’s still tough to top the Ford Focus SE.

Despite the subtle differences between these two cars, one thing is certain: a visit to your local Chapman dealer to test out the 2013 Ford Focus SE for yourself will undoubtedly help your decision.  While you’re there, check out some of the other exciting models and services that Chapman Ford has to offer

The 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302

The 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 has arrived at your Phoenix Ford dealer.

Originally produced in 1969 to battle the Chevrolet Camaro, the Ford Mustang Boss 302 was revived in 2012 and now sees its first cosmetic overhaul just one two years into production.

Quoted in a Top Speed review, Ford Mustang Chief Engineer Dave Pericak said: “Last year, we proved the car had what it takes to perform.  This year, we focused on enhancing its eye-catching looks and celebrating its history.”

The new Mustang is a celebration, indeed, with its reflective stripes and hockey stick graphic which must be seen in person to be fully appreciated.  The 2013 rendition of the Boss 302 is a masterful blend of contemporary technology, such as Bluetooth connectivity and free automated 911 emergency calling service for the life of the vehicle, and classic muscle provided by a 5.0-liter V8 engine which produces 440+ horsepower and 380 lb./ft. of torque.  The V8 power plant is exclusively matched to a 6-speed manual transmission with standard-equipped Pirelli PZero tires and Brembo brakes.

Mechanically, the 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 is largely unchanged from the 2012 version, mostly because the 2012 Boss 302 was mechanically superior to virtually every competing vehicle in its class.  Ford did add stiffer suspension to improve the car’s handling profile, but the most dramatic changes are of the cosmetic/comfort varieties.

The Boss 302 features custom wheels, paint schemes (such as the flashy yellow-with-gray made famous in the 1970 Trans-Am Championship), a unique badge on the Laguna Seca edition, and numerous other tweaks to add to an already instantly recognizable body.  Even when placed beside other Mustangs, the Boss 302 stands out with its aggressive, take-no-prisoners styling and unapologetic, sinister demeanor.

The Ford Mustang is as iconic an American sports car as any, and the resurrected Boss 302 line carries on that legacy with aplomb.  Visit your Scottsdale Ford dealer today to check out the unmatched 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302.


New at your Arizona Ford dealer: the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid brings the sharp handling of the Focus and the reliability of its Ford badge to the world of hybrid cars.

The Ford C-Max Hybrid is the latest and greatest foray into the market of hyper-fuel efficient hybrids, boasting 47 mile-per-gallon fuel efficiency in both the city and on the highway.  Edmunds rates Toyota’s Prius v Wagon at 44/40 city/highway miles per gallon, meaning that the C-Max Hybrid will cost an estimated $144 less per year to operate (assuming 15,000 miles driven over the course of the year).

In truth, comparing the Ford C-Max Hybrid to Toyota’s Prius v Wagon is a little unfair, as Ford’s masterwork is superior in nearly every imaginable way.  While remaining more efficient than the Prius v, the C-Max Hybrid has a larger engine (2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder, compared with the 1.8-liter Prius v), a larger fuel tank (13.5 gallons versus only 11.9 gallons), and more head, hip, and leg room to make the driving experience that much more enjoyable for driver and passengers alike.  Perhaps most importantly, the Ford C-Max Hybrid comes with a smaller price tag than the Prius v Wagon.

Furthermore, the Ford C-Max Hybrid runs on big, stylish 17-inch wheels and the standard-equipped MyFord Touch interface, giving the driver unparalleled control over the vehicle’s numerous features.  Automatic climate control, Bluetooth, iPod connectivity, anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and side curtain air bags all come standard on both the SE and SEL trims, making the Ford C-Max Hybrid a complete package even before considering the availability of optional navigation, heated/cooled seats, parking assistance, HD radio, and more.

With the addition of the Ford C-Max Hybrid to the Ford Phoenix lineup, hybrid aficionados finally have a dynamic domestic option when choosing their next car.  Even for those who have never considered owning a hybrid before, the Ford C-Max Hybrid is worth taking for a test drive.  With all that this new hybrid has to offer, a visit to your local Arizona Ford dealer could be the best automotive decision you make for years to come.

We asked Mike Mahan, Chapman Ford’s Service Director, five common service questions. Hopefully his responses will answer questions you may have about Ford service, and specifically Chapman Ford’s service.


#1) Why should you go to the dealership for services?

Dealership repairs are an investment towards maintaining your vehicle’s integrity.  We offer model specific expert repairs from factory trained technicians.  We have factory support, the proper tooling and equipment, and original equipment parts to ensure the vehicle is properly repaired to factory specifications.  The dealership is a one stop shop, handling all repairs ranging from the most basic maintenance to the most extensive detailed large repair.  Dealership quality is second to none!


#2) How often should I bring in my car to get serviced?

The rule of thumb for most vehicles is a minimum of once every 6 months or 5,000 miles, whichever occurs first.

#3) What are the most common car service problems you see?

The quality of vehicles today is better than ever.  As a result, there really are no common service problems any more.  The most common services are maintenance and light repairs (oil changes, fluid changes, filter changes, brakes, batteries, tires, alignments, wipers, etc…). 


#4) Any tips on how to prevent those problems?

As an owner, the single most essential responsibility in protecting your vehicle investment, is to have the proper maintenance performed on time or as needed.  Many larger repairs are due to negligence or improper maintenance.  As the dealer, it is our duty to provide you with the awareness of how to best maintain the genuine integrity of your vehicle.


#5) Any other general service tips or advice?

Again, dealership quality is second to none.  The dealership also offers manufacturer maintenance plans and extended warranties to assist in protecting your vehicle investment.  Select a provider that you trust, who has the expertise to provide quality maintenance and repairs, who will stand behind the work performed, and who can genuinely handle all of your automotive needs.  Chapman Ford is committed to earning your business!!!


If you still have more Ford service questions, come to your Phoenix Ford dealer, and make an appointment to see Mike Mahan or someone on his team!