Leaning on the Door - 2008 Ford Focus Long-Term Road Test
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2008 Ford Focus Long Term Road Test

2008 Ford Focus: Leaning on the Door

April 07, 2008

Ford Focus Door Handle - photo by Warren Clarke

I'd be the first to admit that we automotive journalists are a persnickety bunch. We wail and fuss and moan about the slightest of missteps when it comes to automotive design and performance, because, well, that's our job. The truth of it is, a large percentage of these missteps are anthills, not mountains, likely to escape the attention of all but the most discerning and demanding buyers.

However, the Ford Focus bears a design misstep that I'm fairly certain would be noticed by pretty much everyone: It lacks a useful interior door handle...

The one handle that exists is too awkwardly placed to serve any real purpose, and there's no secondary handle to grab on to when opening and closing the door. Brent pointed this out in an earlier blog post, but I'm so bemused by this oversight that I felt the need to call it out again. It's not the end of the world, of course. This weekend, I got used to sort of using my shoulder to nudge the door open, in lieu of grabbing a handle. But it's still an oddly glaring oversight in an otherwise quite satisfactory little coupe.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 5,343 miles


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