Performance, quality, style & value in high MPG car!
By jpaul4 on
2012 Ford Focus SEL 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6AM)
I reviewed and tested many cars in this class including Chevy Cruze, Honda Civic, Mazda 3, Toyota Matrix, and VW Golf and the Ford Focus SEL hatchback easily stood out it this class.
I continue to be amazed by the handling and quality as I approach 2000 miles.
I am averaging right at 28 MPG for mostly in town driving (about 95% in town, 5% highway).
I chose the SEL since it provided best value with improved handling, safety and convience features at just over $20k.
This car is fun to drive with great balance between handling and smooth ride that easily exceeded anything else I drove in its class.
Many buttons are overwhelming at first, but quickly become simple and intuitive with use.
Handling and braking - avoid the accident better than any in class.
All around quality.
High MPG and performance in same car!
A+ for styling.
Basic MyFord and Sync features.
Winter package with heated seats, mirrors and extra lighting.
Bucket seat comfort and support.
Extra storage with hatchback.
Mostly minor nits to move rating from about 4.8 to 5.0 out of 5 (I hope Ford designers are reading this):
MPH display could be more pronounced.
Upfront storage is limited.
Front cup holders could be deaper and provide better hold - had incident where taller bottle leaped forward when I braked hard.
Better rear seat clearance when fold seat down - hits against front seat unless front seat is fully straight and forward.
Accessable rear seat release when hatch cover in place.
Rear headrests hamper rear view.