by John Royce on Jul 8, 2006 Vehicle: 2004 Ford Focus ZX5 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
We purchased our Focus as a commuter but we use it so much more. We never buy 4 cylinders with automatic transmissions, but here it's perfectly mated. Steering is direct with good on center feel. The 2.3L PZEV engine is refined and responsive. It's quite roomy and the hatch lends SUV utility. At 40,000 miles, it has been totally reliable. It's solid, tight and remains an absolute pleasure to drive. Plus, the Audiophile in-dash 6CD stereo package is amazing in such an inexpensive car. It's also reasonably quiet, although better sound proofing could make this car nearly perfect. All in all, a dynamic, fun, surprisingly premium experience.
by NY Commuter on Jun 18, 2006 Vehicle: 2004 Ford Focus ZX5 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
A great car, wonderfully flexible and spacious interior, never felt claustrophobic like other cars in its class that I looked at (like Corolla, Matrix, Scion, Civic, etc.). 28 mpg average city-and-highway driving, and I drive in New York City. Zippy handling, comfortable ride, a real pleasure to drive. Why anyone who wants a small car buys anything else is beyond me. This car is a great bargain and completely reliable.
by laurie on Jun 5, 2004 Vehicle: 2004 Ford Focus ZX5 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I purchased my 2002 Focus used. It has
been an absolute pleasure. The
hatchback and split rear seat offers
great cargo storage. I have been able
to move all sorts of stuff. My
boyfriend is 6'4" and fits very well
into the car. People are usually
suprised about how roomy the inside is
for a small car, and ther comment
posativly on the design. Mine is a 5
speed and is a kick to drive. Peppy and
The emissions-friendly 2.3-liter PZEV engine released in limited states in 2003 is now available as an option in all states (it comes standard in California, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont and Maine). The only other notable changes to the 2004 Ford Focus are newly optional leather seating for ZX3 models, and a slightly revised suspension offers improved handling.