A good choice with one exception....
By Gary G. on
2009 Ford Focus SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
With only 400 miles on it so far, I'm very impressed with my new Focus in all respects except one (the tires...see below). It's roomy despite being small, performs well (very peppy), is comfortable and quiet (except for the tire noise), gets excellent gas mileage (30 mpg city vs the 24 mpg EPA estimate) and has lots of standard bells & whistles. I opted for a fully loaded (with automatic) model, and for the small incremental difference in cost (only $2,000 or so) you get a whole lot more. There are some great incentives ($3,000 in rebates) on this car right now too, which makes it even more appealing.
Location and layout of the controls, especially the duplicates on the steering wheel. The dashboard backlighting colors are fantastic too. The ambient lighting is OK, but a dome light over the rear seat would be more useful/functional. The trunk is huge for a car this small.
The Kuhmo tires (made in China) are horrible. I'm appalled that an American car manufacturer would even consider using Chinese-made tires, but they came standard on the SEL model I bought. Very noisy at low speeds, and you feel every bump you hit. Inferior tires are a major negative in my opinion.