2008 Ford Focus Consumer Review: Good commuter/family car

2008 Ford Focus - Consumer Review

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SE Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Good commuter/family car
By sirhawkeye on


2008 Ford Focus SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


I had a 2008, and 2010 and a 2012 Focus thus far (as of this writing), and I think the 2008 and 2010 are the best of them all. It's not the sportiest car out there, and the dash in the 2008-2011 models looks a little dated) but they are reliable, get good gas mileage, and are safe cars (found out in my 2010 unfortunately). Sync is easier to use in this area (2008-11) than in newer version of the Focus. The 2008-2011 is a good move in the right direction for Ford, especially with the previous generations (2000-04 especially) having issues. I had no problems with either the 2008 or 2010, and I put about 40k on both.

Best Features

Fun to drive, very good power-to-weight ratio, safe, excellent gas mileage (especially on the highway). Good price point (very affordable, safe car for many people).

Worst Features

* I really disliked the design of the guages (how the numbers "wrapped" around the center of each guage... looked odd). * Shift indicator on the dash somewhere would be nice so you don't have to look down to see what gear you're in (if you're moving between park, neutral, and drive). * Make cruise control, ABS and power windows standard on all models (ABS is standard on all Focuses since about 2010, but not on the 2008).
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