I borrowed my mother's 2010 Ford Focus to make a return trip from Toronto to Kingston. The headrests made the drive unbearable. They protrude so far forward that I was forced to peer over the tops of my eyeglasses for the entire drive. In the end, I had to drop the seat back to a near-lay-down position and drive for three hours sitting straight upwards with no back support. I can't imagine why the designers would make such an oversight. This car is impossible to drive for any distance!
See comments in here. Great car mechanically. very good winter traction with traction control. Very happy mechanically but one big problem. Paint under rear doors, and in door frames ( rear ), some in wheel well, also bumpers- all have lifted or peeled. Asked dealer about it at under 60k- said could not do anything unless there were holes. Manual said otherwise as I found out later. It could have been fixed. Neither the dealer in Collingwood, Ontario or Ford would help. Just the usual comments- you know. Too bad, otherwise a great car. Maybe the Chineese can figure out how to make paint stick in Canadian Winters on my next purchase. Wake up Ford! Currently, you are 1st in sales Canada????
This is the 1st car I've purchased and believe me,I will never buy another Ford.The car was great for the first year,then started having electrical troubles.This only happened on cold mornings and would go away after a minute or up to 15 minutes but the radio wouldn't work,the signal light indicators in the car didn't work,no backlighting came on,the doors didn't lock automatically,the tire pressure monitor light came on,and the e-brake light stayed on after being disengaged.The dealership has been unable to diagnose or fix the problem.Already had a new instrument cluster,radio,and smart junction box installed...rental car for 45 days. In the process of getting Ford to buy the car back.
The car was good but the company is lousy in customer service.
They don't even listen to what the dealership is telling them.
So I've had my (2011) Focus SES 2.0L/4A since August 20th, and I currently have 7,998 miles on it. My commute is almost all highway, between 60-80 miles a day. I've average 28mpg overall (cruise at 75 on highway)which is about what I expect when you have 4 merges each way, and MPG drops with speed anyway.
In 8k miles of driving it hasn't been back to the dealership once. Feels solid driving down the road. Interior is quiet, but not silent, as there is a little bit of road noise, but nothing bad. I have the basic stereo, albeit with sync. Stock speakers aren't bad considering the class of car.
Engine has adequate power, transmission does not hunt for gears and shifts smoothly.
Pretty comfortable seats, adequate acceleration from the little Mazda/Ford 2.0L DOHC.
Sync is a plus, and the interior, while not on the level of Mercedes Benz/Lexus/BMW, isn't as bad as it is made out to be.
It feels solid, with zero rattles/squeaks.
All of my grips are fixed in the redesigned 2012 model, but here they are anyway.
While the OE Kumho Solus KH16 tires are by no means bad- they have good ride, good dry traction, average wet traction and surprisingly good in the snow, they are the worst tramlining tire I've ever seen. They follow imperfections in interstate roads.
Also, I prefer a 4 spoke steering wheel (focus is 3) but that is a personal gripe.
6 Speed automatic, but again, fixed.
With the 4 speed though, a more aggressive torque converter lockup algorithm would be nice.
Not quite as eager to lockup for Fuel economy as my grandfathers Escape V6.
I have owned my 2010 Ford Focus for about 4 months now, and have put about 4,000 miles on it. So far, I have had absolutely NO problems. I get compliments on this car, and feel safe and stable in it while driving. I can fill up with $30.00!
Visibility ( I don't find myself craning my neck in strange positions to merge or pass)
Easy to operate radio/cd/ac controls
Sync system is nice to have, although I don't use it much.
Mileage (has never gone below 32mpg, even with city driving)
Hardly feel like you're going 75 on the highway... driving feels effortless
Blue dash lights are pretty at night.
Easy to steer and park.
Good speakers, easy to adjust speaker settings.
Color of cloth seats.. mine are a tan/beige color. I feel like you end up seeing every little bit of dirt.
Headrests tilt my head too far forward.
Don't LOVE the design of the front end.. feel that it looks too much like the past Focus models, and I don't like the look of those.
Speedometer can sometimes be hard to read late in the evening when the sun is glaring.
Don't like how once you go below a certain gas level, you are no longer able to perform the system check. You are stuck with the MPG screen telling you how many miles you have till empty.
Took me a while to figure out how to use the windshield cleaner!! The way you have to do it feels awkward while driving.