A Lot Going For It - 2008 Ford Focus Long-Term Road Test
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2008 Ford Focus Long Term Road Test

2008 Ford Focus Coupe: A Lot Going For It

July 27, 2009

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It may not be luxurious, but it's far from cheap.

Some of you seem to think the 2008 Ford Focus Coupe is nothing by a pile of plastic. Let's explore its good and bad points.

Its engine doesn't sound great but gets adequate power out of its 140 horses. It feels better to me than the Suzuki SX4.

As always, I'm obsessed with good, strong air conditioning and the Focus certainly has that.

Its roomy 13.8-cu-ft trunk had no problem swallowing the giant vacuum cleaner I bought this weekend. The trunk's mouth opening makes it easy to stuff full. I would prefer a hatchback, but I have a thing for hatchbacks.

I like the sporty white gauges and cool interior lighting.

I also like the windshield wipers. The washer fluid sprays out evenly and the wipers give you an extra wipe a few seconds after clearing the glass.

Sync is fun when it works properly.

The seats are cloth but they are holding up well and keep you supported.

Good bumpers, a rarity in modern cars, keep body repair costs down.

We're averaging more than 26 mpg in enthusiastic mixed driving.

We've had no major repairs or problems. There are some interior quality issues with things like panel gaps and the misplaced door handles.

Even though its looks are somewhat outdated, it still has a spark of personality.

It's made for some good caption contest Fridays.

Want to add anything?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 24,885 miles


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