Focus on the Little Things - 2008 Ford Focus Long-Term Road Test

2008 Ford Focus Long Term Road Test

2008 Ford Focus SES Coupe: Focus on the Little Things

May 12, 2008

If you focus on the Big Things when evaluating our long-term 2008 Ford Focus you get all caught up in the whole ancient chassis thing. But if you focus on the little things it doesn't get much better. For instance, immediately after getting behind the wheel several weeks ago I confirmed that the "new" Focus doesn't have a telescoping steering wheel. This is doubly disappointing because it used to have a telescoping wheel, so while the Focus' chassis dates from the Clinton Administration, this "little thing" has gotten worse.

Add to this "little things" list the seat design, which I just noticed yesterday. If you want to use the rear seat in our coupe you, obviously, have to move the front seat forward. But if you flip the front passenger seatback forward, slide the entire seat forward, and then try to put it back in place it stops at the forward-most position in the seat's travel. If you've driven a VW Golf or Beetle from the last decade you know that the front seats will reset to their original location after moving them all-the-way forward for rear-seat entry. The Focus doesn't do this.

As for the driver's seat, I could get it to move at all with the side levers. Maybe I was doing something wrong, but most levers are pretty simple -- you pull them and they do something.

Maybe I should go back to focusing on the big things...

Karl Brauer, Editor in Chief, @ 7,640 miles

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