I test drove this car on a whim, and
fell in love. It handles like a dream,
has great pick-up, and a nice quiet
ride. It has a great sound system, and
bunch of little, thoughtful features
(like a glow-in-the-dark trunk release
inside the trunk). Plus, it's really
I love the sound system and the tight
The trunk doesn't release all the way
and sometimes sticks. Weird. The
cupholders could be a little more
convenient (they don't hold tall
bottles of water). Minor stuff, overall.
A great little car with a lot of pep. I
owen a 2004 Mustang and I enjoy driving
the focus just as much. Great stereo
system. The focus has a smooth ride.
With few exterior upgrades like I have
done it really an eye-catching vehicle.
The stereo... Also great on gas.
A quiter cabin from outside air when
you're driving highway speeds.
2003 Ford Focus Sedan ZTS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Excellent value for the money. Solid
construction, well equipped as
standard and very comfortable for a
small car. I purchased several options
because I spend a lot of time in my
car (heated seats/mirrors, spoiler,
leather, 6-disc in-dash CD, low-
profile tires, power moon roof). It
was worth it. I also like the european
styling. The ZTS/ZTW has plenty of
power with the 2.0 litre. Next model
year available with 2.3 litre, even
Heated seats (absolutely love it!), an
option not often available in compact
cars. Kudos Ford. Power moon roof.
Split fold-down rear seats, great
versatility and lots of trunk space,
even with them upright.
Wish they still had the old-style tilt
steering wheel, don't like the tilt
columns of todays cars.
Nicely equipped for a reasonable
price. Peppy Zetec engine, lots of
features too (e.g. cruise, power
everything, cd changer in the dash).
Handles well for an economy sedan,
have to keep remembering to drive
safely. Smooth ride, fairly quiet on
the road. Comfortable seats, but hard
to reach the wheel when the seat is
all the way back (6-1, 230 lbs).
I was hesitant due to reliability and
build quality reputation, hope I am
not disappointed like some Focus
Auto trans slips too much on 1-2
shift. Center console gets in the way
of seat belt and hand brake. Gas
mileage is disappointing, avg. 24
mpg. Cartoonish exterior. Trunk does
not pop up when unlocked, so you can't
tell it's open. Frequency response of
tuner is very poor.