I FINALLY got out of this car; but it did cost me.
The transmission was faulty from the get-go and you'll regret the day you ever bought it.
At parking lot speeds the transmission cannot make up its mind, but worse, many times it gets stuck in neutral and then catch and thrust you forward.
In my car the "reverse sensor" frequently came on while I was in drive.
The MPG is horrible, in the City I got 23, they vastly exaggerate how efficient the car is.
Sony stereo is nice
Fix the transmission; tell the truth about the MPG
I am a Ford fan and will continue to be so, only a little wiser.We leased a 2012 Ford Focus SE with the automatic transmission.The engine is very peppy and accelerates well, as long as the transmission is in synch.The transmission sometimes faulters with the engine RPM going above 7000, not good for the engine.Dealership at first said the car would adjust to our driving, then had it checked/adjusted by their trans "pro",then have said there is nothing wrong.The gas mileage is 3-6 mpg under what I expected. The rear deck foam disintegrated.The trunk leaks during rain.There are rattles in the front suspension area.Car has just passed 40000 miles and we will be turning in car at end of lease
Peppy engine, good handling, comfortable seating, good visibility out the windows, nice exterior styling, pretty good fit and finish for a less expensive car
Ford needs to get it together regarding this transmission, gas mileage very underwhelming, 2012 occupant technology not up to snuff on this SE model compared to other cars
I am also a bit aggravated by the very negative comments here about Focus reliability and thought I'd chime in.
I have driven my Focus S 5 speed manual for almost 3 years and more than 70K miles.
After dealing early on with two glitchy things (a bad window motor and a bad engine sensor) that were fixed under warranty the car has been absolutely bulletproof.
The 2012 was the first year of the new Focus and I put down the two early fixes as teething problems.
Again, zero troubles since.
The car is truly a joy to drive on twisty roads.
If you buy one keep it simple. Get it with the 5-speed stick and without the Synch bells and whistles.
You will find you have a poor-man's BMW.
Handling (steering, suspension), Transmission (5spMan), Engine (sweet spot between 3500-4500 RPM) , Seats, Exterior styling, Interior Styling.
Reasonably fuel efficient, I get between 32 and 36 mpg depending on season and how hard/fast I drive.
Back seat is very cramped.
Trunk opening on sedan is too small.
Overall an OK for the money.
BUT... Beware of the dual-clutch transmission though.
the 2012's had a lot of problems with them (clutch notise, which Ford dismisses as normal, which is not true if you ask any true auto tech or engineer).
That and carbon build-up on the engine due to direct injection (Google it and you'll find out pretty quick).
It's a sporty car, design is nice, interior is nice (just wish the transmission lived up to the hype that Ford put into it).
Even the Fiesta has the same transmission problems.
Fun to drive, Syc was OK (when it works--which was about half the time).
Powerful engine (although automated-manual dual-clutch transmission is another story), Overall good value for the money.
Build quality (interior and exterior is fine.
Lots of options.
Great fuel economy (I could get 45 MPG during the summer on the highway and that was with an automatic WITHOUT the extended fuel economy package).
Great commuter car (maybe not so good as a family car unless you have 1-2 kids only).
Overall they are safe.
*First, Have heard direct injection causes carbon build-up on the valvaes as early as 30k miles (Traded mine before 30k so I didn't notice this)--but Google it if you're curious.
*Dual-Clutch transmission needs to be re-done/re-designed (the one in the 2013 Dodge Dart is so much better and smoother shifting).
*Ford needs to get rid of Sync and go with an in-house design or something else.
Sometimes technology can hurt a manufacturer's image, especially when the technology doesn't work half the time (and it takes your attention from the road to figure out how to get it TO work).
*Power windows & cruise standard on all models (including S).
*Make a turbo-diesel version (like in Europe)
Purchased the 2012 Ford Focus in 11-2011.
It was slow initially in responding to the gas.
The reaction time is delayed and losing power.
Over the past year, I am stalled approx. 50 times.
Recently, the gears don't seem to be lined up properly.
When the vehicle is in park, it has rolled.
When the vehicle is in reverse, then drive, the car is still in reverse.
I nearly hit a parked car backing out of a parking lot.
Right after that happened the vehicle stalled and quit completely.
Engine light was on for a short period.
After several attempts to start the vehicle again, I was forced to have a tow truck retrieve the vehicle.
Non-operable and unsafe.
Ford does not see a problem.
Ford Manufacturing will need to either recall this issue or issue full replacement of purchase on these vehicles to the consumer.
This car will cause some serious safety issues if not dealt with properly.
This is a high risk vehicle to drive and I suggest that Ford repair or issue refunds their buyers.