July 27, 2009
It may not be luxurious, but it's far from cheap.
Some of you seem to think the 2008 Ford Focus Coupe is nothing by a pile of plastic. Let's explore its good and bad points.
Its engine doesn't sound great but gets adequate power out of its 140 horses. It feels better to me than the Suzuki SX4.
As always, I'm obsessed with good, strong air conditioning and the Focus certainly has that.
Its roomy 13.8-cu-ft trunk had no problem swallowing the giant vacuum cleaner I bought this weekend. The trunk's mouth opening makes it easy to stuff full. I would prefer a hatchback, but I have a thing for hatchbacks.
I like the sporty white gauges and cool interior lighting.
I also like the windshield wipers. The washer fluid sprays out evenly and the wipers give you an extra wipe a few seconds after clearing the glass.
Sync is fun when it works properly.
The seats are cloth but they are holding up well and keep you supported.
Good bumpers, a rarity in modern cars, keep body repair costs down.
We're averaging more than 26 mpg in enthusiastic mixed driving.
Even though its looks are somewhat outdated, it still has a spark of personality.
It's made for some good caption contest Fridays.
Want to add anything?
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 24,885 miles
February 24, 2009
I've complained high and low that our 2008 Ford Focus SES Coupe represents an unsightly transformation from a useful hatchback (ZX3) to a much less useful coupe. But even I have to admit it has a nice big trunk for a coupe -- 13.8 cubic feet. And this morning when I loaded my expanded, overpacked rollaboard carry-on, I realized I could throw it in there at any angle I wanted thanks to the Ford's huge trunk opening.
It still doesn't make up for the 140-horsepower, 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine's excessive noise and vibration under light throttle, but it's something.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 16,770 miles
December 01, 2008
Americans by and large prefer a coupe or sedan body style to a hatchback. Though the latter are more practical (easier to load and more capacity) and popular in less image-concerned Europe, our dear citizens equate hatchback with "cheap, entry-level car". Even prestige brands can be dissed -- remember the BMW 318ti and the Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor "Sport Coupe"?
Yet to provide the best of both worlds, hatchback functionality with more upscale coupe or sedan styling, a few car makers have disguised hatches quite well. The 2008 Mazda 6 five-door hatchback is a good example.
As I recently struggled a bit to squeeze my laundry basket through the Focus' small trunk opening, it struck me that Ford could've made the Focus coupe a more user-friendly hatchback without changing the body style. In fairness, however, the Focus coupe does provide a split/folding rear seat which increases cargo capacity considerably.
Rumor has it that the next generation of the Focus (2010 or 2011) will largely be the same as the much more respected Euro-version, as the company switches to a global platform for this car. That means hatchback body styles as well as a more entertaining drive. There's also supposed to be a turbocharged ("Ecoboost") engine offering.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 14,457 miles.
November 11, 2008
Whenever I walk up behind the Ford Focus, I always think the trunk is popped open. The shadow across the bottom and the wide seams near the taillights make an optical illusion.
At least I think so. Scott thinks I'm nuts. Do you see it?
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor
February 11, 2008
I recently left our Ford Focus at the airport as I took a quick trip to Chicago. The trunk space was just about right and could have held much more - seems about perfect for a weekend trip for two. Our SES Coupe has the audiophile sound system and that means a subwoofer. As you can see, that eats up a little space...
The box that houses that sub is a little flimsy but it does the job.
Brian Moody, Road Test Editor @ 2,425 miles.