On the Freeway - 2008 Ford Focus Long-Term Road Test

2008 Ford Focus Long Term Road Test

2008 Ford Focus: On the Freeway

April 14, 2008

Ford Focus - photo by Warren Clarke

In some ways, car-journalist world is like a funhouse-mirror version of the real world where aspects are exaggerated and what's opposite is true. In the real world, I'd gulp and squirm at the thought of putting too many miles on my daily driver. However, in car-journalist world, putting some miles on a test car leaves me with sense of real accomplishment, like a newly potty-trained toddler surveying his first porcelain-bound number two.

I had to make a couple of treks to a distant land called Orange County this weekend, and in the process, put about 200 miles on the 2008 Ford Focus...

It goes without saying that with just 140 horsepower and 136 pound-feet of torque, the Focus sometimes feels a bit out of breath in high-speed passing situations on the freeway. Still, in other ways, it was a pleasant enough companion. If I'd actually plunked down money to buy the car, I'd pat myself on the back for having selected a ride that offers a great sound system and decent driving dynamics for not a lot of coin.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 5,735 miles

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