Bought slightly used in '04. Opted for 2.3L eng. Great ride/handling balance. Fun to drive. V. good steering. Reliable: just brakes & some front suspension work after 5 years. Brakes could be better, but adequate. Excellent value, reliable, 27 MPG avg in interstate hwy / city driving mix. Purely on highway, at least 32 MPG at interstate speeds. Unique styling. Hard to find a non-conservatively styled hatchback. I'm discerning, yet recommend this car since I've got 101K on engine & car still works very well. Of course I maintain it well too, that helps. Good luck.
Bought a used(12000 miles) ZX5 Premium
with auto. Wanted a manual, but
couldn't find any with the 2.3 engine.
Have put on 3000 miles, no problems.
I'm getting 28 mpg on the highway, I
expected to do better.
Nice pickup and handling. Good radio
and roomy interior. Nice sunroof.
Controls work and feel nice. I enjoy
Better gas mileage. Better seat
material. Engine a little noisy under
hard acceleration. A place for CDs.
The focus is a great car with awesome
handling, great steering feedback
and(with the 2.3L engine) good
performance even with an auto tranny.
It's quite zippy, handles very well(mine
has 16" wheels from the factory) and
sips gas pretty good when not being
abused. Round town I get about 27mpg
and on the highway, i can get up to
factory Blau mp3 player is nice, and
stereo has good response for only 4
speakers. Moonroof is real nice too,
and I like the fold down seats in back,
and the instrument cluster is very
readable day or night. The HVAC
controls are super versatile and a joy
to use(yeah! a recirculate button!)
None really, except i would like to see
higher quality fabrics used on the
seats. The seats themselves are quite
comfy, but heavier fabrics would add to
the overall solid feeling the car has.
I have not owned a compact car in 25
years because I like performance and a
little more comfort. I recently
rented a Ford Focus and was really
impressed. So impressed that I
visited a Ford dealer and drove a
ZX5. It was even better than the low
end rental car. I bought it that day.
The acceleration, comfort,
smoothness , quiet ride and features
were a genuine surprise. It is also
fun to drive. It's more like a little
sports car than a compact sedan. It
has more features than expected for
Excellent acceleration, quiet ride,
styling, good layout of controls.
It's a nice little car. After driving
an accord for the past 5 years, we
bought this as the 2nd car, but felt
better and smoother than my 98 Accord,
so immediately made this our primary
car. getting about 21 mpg in the city
which is quite good. It is small but
roomy enough for my family of 3. Also
it is very quiet. My friend (owns a
lexus sedan) claims it is quieter than
In dash 6 CD changer
2.3 L engine
light for the rear seats with moonroof.
Space for sunglasses, Lighted vanity