Money Magazine Says F-150, LR3 and MAZDA3 are Tops
By: Brad Nevin | Ford Communications Network
The Ford F-150, Land Rover LR3 (Discovery 3 in Europe) and MAZDA3 were all named Best Values for 2005 by Money magazine.
DEARBORN, Mich.-- Money Magazine recently announced its list of Best Car Values for 2005, and three Ford Motor Company vehicles came out on top.
Money Magazine rated the F-150 best pickup, the Land Rover LR3 (Discovery 3 in Europe) best luxury SUV, and the MAZDA3 best economy car.
In describing the F-150, Money Magazine said: "The F-Series pickup -- the nation's top-selling vehicle for nearly three decades -- has reclaimed its critical standing with a convincing redesign. It's the best, smoothest half-ton pickup we've ever tested."
When describing its capability, the magazine said the F-150 is the "strong, silent type," and it is the quietest full-size pickup on the market. Money also described the F-150's design as tough and masculine, but in a well-groomed sort of way. "High-quality cabins make some competitors seem downright tacky in comparison -- especially in deluxe models like the FX4, the Lariat and the new-for-'05 King Ranch."
This Best Pickup Truck award contributed to a long list of accolades for F-150. Two recent prizes for F-150 include the "Truck of Texas" award from the Texas Auto Writers Association and a 10Best truck award from Car and Driver magazine.
In selecting the Land Rover LR3 as its best luxury SUV, Money Magazine wrote: "The new LR3 has garnered a slew of awards, including MONEY's Truck of the Year. It lacks the flagship Range Rover's dramatic interior but mimics its elegant proportions, graceful handling and epic off-road ability for around $30,000 less." The magazine also said that the LR3 has more useful space than any similar-size SUV with adult-size third-row seats.
Like the F-150, the LR3's trophy case is starting to get full. Popular Science magazine gave LR3 its annual "Best of What's New" award while recognizing the top 100 technological innovations of the year in 12 areas of consumer science. Motor Trend also selected the LR3 for its coveted 2005 SUV of the Year award.
On the lighter end of transportation devices, Money says the MAZDA3 is the best economy car for 2005. In its review, Money wrote: "Mazda has conjured the rare economy car that's sporty yet practical, stylish yet affordable. It may be Japanese, but its international breeding lends European flair and feel, from the sophisticated styling to the expensive-looking interior."
The magazine said the MAZDA3 has "slick handling," and its smooth five-speed manual makes the Mazda a "class standout."
Money added that the five-door MAZDA3 model "is especially striking, with its modern Euro shape and muscular rear quarters."
Like F-150 and LR3, the MAZDA3 has won its share of awards, too. Last year the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) named the MAZDA3 Canadian Car of the Year, and Automobile Magazine put the MAZDA3 on its list of 2005 All-Stars.