2008 Ford Focus Long Term Road Test

2008 Ford Focus: Down With Quarter Panel Vents

March 14, 2008

And now, the award for the most overused styling detail of 2008 goes to -- the chrome quarter panel vent. Yes, from the $80,000 Jaguar XJ all the way down to our $18,000 Ford Focus, no new car is complete without a glimmering chunk of chrome pop riveted to its flanks. Our Focus cheapens the idea even further by not even bothering to have an actual vent. Instead, there's merely a piece of not-very-convincing black plastic...

C'mon people, punch a hole already, we don't care if it actually goes anywhere.

Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor, Inside Line @ 3,910 miles

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