A good vehicle with some critical flaws
By quasirev on
Vehicle2012 Ford Focus SEL 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6AM)
ReviewThe Focus is a fun to drive and comfortable car. The exterior styling is well done. That's all that's positive with owning this vehicle.
1)Automatic (DCT) is awful, and seems to perform worse as the vehicle ages. Three Ford dealers have been unable to fix its behavior, simply stating that it's performing normal.
2)MyFordTouch is so maddening in its design and performance that I barely change the radio station or use any of the other features or inputs. Sync Services is a disaster of voice recognition and insufferable prompts.
3)Ride quality is great on smooth roads, messy on uneven pavement. Make sure you test drive it on roads you'll be driving it on.
4)Cramp rear seat
Best FeaturesSteering quality and feel. Relatively quick acceleration. Quiet.
Worst FeaturesImprove interior packaging, use an automatic that performs on par with automatics of competitors, ditch MyFordTouch and start fresh, figure out a way to tidy up the ride quality on rough pavement while preserving the fun-to-drive characteristics. The Focus is a bit too wide in use, which actually makes it surprisingly cumbersome to park for such a small car. The turning diameter is on the large side for a small car as well. Beyond that, the engine is certainly less refined than any current Honda 4 cylinder I have been in. There's vibration at idle and it becomes quite noisy above 4500 RPM.
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