2008 Ford Focus Long Term Road Test


2008 Ford Focus Coupe: IIHS Frontal-Offset, Side-Impact Crash Tests

July 21, 2009

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Side-impact crash protection was never a strong point of the earlier ZX3 hatchback version of the Focus. It was no surprise, really. Side airbags weren't standard and awareness of what might happen if a small SUV came at you from the side wasn't as high as it is today. It's little wonder that the respawned 2008 Ford Focus coupe has bigger, heavier doors than the ZX3.

The IIHS is just getting around to testing the Focus coupe, but other than the lack of fake fender vents, this 2009 Focus coupe is just like ours. And it earned top "Good" ratings in both the side-impact and frontal-offset crash tests.

So even if I don't want to admit it, our 2008 Ford Focus is a better, safer car than the Focus ZX3 that still tugs at my heartstrings. More photos of the bashed Focus after the jump.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor.

Here's the blue Focus coupe before the test. Maybe we should remove the fender "vents" from our long-term car.

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And after.

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And the dummy.

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And here are all the photos from the 40-mph frontal-offset crash test.

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