This is a great car at MSRP; with current Ford
rebates, it's a steal...but not for much longer, '04 is
the last year for the SVT Focus. It's a terrific driver's
car with superb steering, handling, and brakes, and
a strong engine (though power delivery could be
better). Early Focus problems seem to be worked
out; build quality is great and the SVT is tight as a
drum. It's a blast to drive, but works as a practical,
roomy hatchback too. I'm surprised it hasn't been
more popular--its price and quality make it
superior to Civic Si, GTI, etc.
Brilliant handling, steering, and braking. Great
burbling exhaust note. Very racy looking, though
you have to like the Focus's styling in the first place
to appreciate it. Excellent ride for a car with a
sporting suspension. Versatile and roomy. Well-
equipped in standard form.
Lighter flywheel or tune engine to rev more freely at
low RPMs...hard to launch cleanly on grades. Engine
a little disappointing; needs to be stronger to
justify higher cost of premium fuel. Shifter action
could be smoother and quieter.