2008 Ford Focus Long Term Road Test


2008 Ford Focus SES: Recommended?

August 04, 2008

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A friend of mine is in the market for an economy car. She saw me in the Focus this weekend and cornered me for a relentless 45-minute interrogation

She wanted to know if I'd recommend the Focus. I told her that the car has its strengths, but whether it's a match for her would depend on her priorities. She said that fuel efficiency is important, but that what she really wants is a car that's "kinda fun" -- something that "doesn't feel too cheap." She really likes luxury cars and wishes she could get an Audi A4, but it's not in her budget right now.

"Take a look at the Volkswagen Rabbit," I said. True, its fuel economy isn't as impressive as that of the Focus, but it offers a more engaging driving experience and impressive luxury for a vehicle in that price range. Just like an Audi, it feels well-planted and Germanic on the road, and its cabin is remarkably polished.

I also told her to take a look at the Mazda 3 and the Honda Fit. Still, if she'd said that fuel efficiency was the only item of her list of must-haves, the conversation would have been different.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 11,006 miles

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