2008 Ford Focus Long Term Road Test


2008 Ford Focus: Would I Make Room in My Own Garage?

July 28, 2009

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In today's COTW open thread for our 2008 Ford Focus SES Coupe, the discussion centers on whether the Focus is a decent buy (or lease) if you absolutely have to have a new car and aren't overly concerned about engine refinement or steering feel.

"What do you guys think about leasing one for say 4 years?" fuhteng writes. "You don't care about the depreciation, and you aren't paying much for a car that will always be under warranty. My girlfriend is looking something newer than her old Accord, and these threads have got me thinking about the Focus. She is also looking at the new (smiley-faced) Mazda3."

I think if the deal was right (read: very affordable), I could get behind someone leasing a Focus. Mind you, it's true I don't like the 2008-2009 Focus anywhere near as much as the 2000-2007 models because of changes to the chassis tuning and styling. But I'd still take this car over any of the other American- and Korean-brand offerings in this price range, not to mention the Nissan Sentra, the Toyota Yaris and (probably) the Corolla.

But there are some cars I would take over the Focus if I could come anywhere close on price. Maybe I couldn't, but here they are. And, oh, by the way, I like sedans. My Focus would be a sedan.

Honda Civic EX (no drum brakes, dammit!)
Honda Fit (oh, wait, I do like drum brakes)
Mazda 3
Mitsubishi Lancer
Subaru Impreza 2.5i

Erin Riches, Senior Editor

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