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Ford Focus SE 2013
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By Steve England
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2013 Ford Focus Hatchback SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Good performance, good driving reliability, low cost maintenance.


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Please don't buy this car
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Cotton Wildbrook
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2013 Ford Focus Hatchback SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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We bought this car used with less than 50K miles on it. We had it serviced twice in the first month of ownership because the transmission studdered while shifting. We were told that was normal behavior for the car and that the transmission was designed to learn your driving style and thus not be suitable as a car for multiple drivers. How foolish is that? They reprogrammed the TCM both times, which did absolutely nothing to fix the problem. The car had to have new wheel bearings put on at 60K miles at a cost of $700! Finally we got a recall notice about the obviously faulty transmission, so back it went for more repairs. Again, this did NOTHING to correct any of the problems. In fact, after we had that done, the car died en route to work with no warning whatsoever. It literally lost 100% power while merging onto a 50 mph road. We had it towed to the dealership where they said it needed a new wiring harness that wasn't covered under warranty and wasn't related to the bad transmission (they said). That was a $500 job. After owning it for only 9 months we traded it in for another vehicle at a loss of $5000.00 Honestly, we're just happy to be rid of it. It was too big of a risk to drive. You never knew if you were going to get to your destination alive.


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Mix of strengths and weaknesses
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By GB
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2013 Ford Focus Hatchback SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought my 2013 SE 5-speed manual with 2.0 engine used w/ 18,000 miles a year ago. It's a small, snazzy car that does most everything you need, but with flaws. Handles very responsively, but the ride is too stiff. Good engine and wind noise isolation, but significant road noise. Great gas mileage if you take it somewhat easy. Decent power from the 2.0L, like a go cart on the highway.

Strengths:

+ Gas mileage (average 33-34, can get 40 on the highway)
+ Power from standard 2.0L engine
+ Stick shift (short throws)
+ Trunk size
+ Stability around turns
+ Interior (buttoned down, but... read below)
+ Steering feel (not numb, you can actually feel the road)
+ Engine and wind noise (not much of either)
+ Driving range (can get 400 miles on the highway)
+ Cruise control works excellently
+ Nice that it has auto-headlights and ALSO allows you to manually turn them off

Weaknesses:

- Ride (stiff! like a sports car)
- Clutch (very tricky from 1st to 2nd, etc)
- Road noise (LOTS of it)
- Low-speed driving dynamics (wtf...)
- Ergonomics (Ford doesn't get it)
- Gear spacing on 5-speed
- User interfaces (instrument panel, radio...)
- Stereo (standard. May be the worst sounding, tinniest stereo I've heard in a car, ever. Reception is also very disappointing)
- Oversteers (very touchy, you can be in a ditch if you're not careful)
- Back seats don't fold flat
- Seat comfort (front seats seem experimental and wear on you)
- Too much vibration at idle

Ford got so many things right here - bravo for that. Great gas mileage. Decent power for a small car, though like most small engines, when you *really* punch it... nothing happens. Mostly good visibility. Buttoned down interior styling. Very nice shifter. Good road feel through steering (though perhaps a little too much feel). No lumbar adjustment, but seems to be Ok w/o it. Reliability has been good through 33k miles, only had the a seat belt retractor replaced for slight stickiness and a rattle fixed. Headrests are adjustable - a big deal for some. Happy with trunk space. The cruise control is one of the smoothest I've ever seen. Steering wheel is excellently sized and has good grip material. Dash is Ok on the eyes.

Unfortunately, Ford also got many things wrong, too. Ergonomics are off - I can't really get comfortable. E.g., place your left arm on the door rest and it's too low, but place it on the window ledge and it's too high. Seats are not flat bottomed but have a strange cavity design that eventually cuts off your circulation. Right arm rest doesn't extend fwd far enough, can barely anchor my elbow to shift gears. Stereo and basic control menus are inconsistent and make little sense. Stereo has tons of good stuff like USB, Bluetooth connection, etc, but ... it just sounds terrible. It's reception is, I must say, a joke, actually took it in to the dealer for a look (they said it's operating as designed). Noise levels for engine and wind are very low but way too loud for road noise... changed tires, somewhat better now, but still quite loud. Turning the dome light on/off is unnecessarily complex. Ride in first gear is VERY jerky, is NOT fun driving through a parking lot. Suspension is just too stiff, resulting in a harsh ride like a Mustang (do people really want that in a basic car like the Focus? I doubt it). Low beam headlights simply don't illuminate well enough, feel like I might hit something at night. Burns some oil, ~ 0.7 quart every 1000 miles, which is surprising given it only has about 30k miles. Finally, watch driving at night when you might be drowsy - the steering is very touchy. This is good at slow speeds in a parking lot, but steering *should* become LESS sensitive at highway speeds - it does not.. you could be off the road with 1/8 to 1/4 of a wheel turn.


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Some good, some bad
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By Dan
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2013 Ford Focus Hatchback SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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The bad: The dual clutch transmission on this model was a shaky at first, literally. I took it to the dealer and they replaced the clutch and the car has been running great since. Additionally, the Ford Sync technology is faulty at best. It reads my phone about 1/2-2/3 of the time and has trouble switching between bluetooth, USB, or auxiliary.

The good: great AC and heater, comfortable front seats. Good storage with the hatchback. Handles great, good gas mileage, good price tag. For a 4 cylinder it's really fun to drive.

Bottom line: with a different transmission I would definitely get this car. With the current one I'm definitely thinking of selling.


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Good and Bad
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By Brian in Florida
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2013 Ford Focus Hatchback SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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This car is well built and very nice looking. Easy to clean. Logical controls are easy to use. Surprisingly roomy. Surprisingly nice handling, and adequate power. A fun car to drive. By using the cruise control as much as possible I could get well over 40 mpg. However the driver's seat is a deal breaker. The seat is NOT height adjustable. The back part of the seat surface does adjust up and down but the front part - which touches the backs of your knees - does not adjust. This is a problem for anyone shorter than 5'6". And the seat back is narrow and curved which pushes your shoulders forward. There is no lumbar support at all. The headrest, even when pushed all the way back, leans forward too much and prevents you from holding your head so that your eyes look straight ahead at the road. This poorly designed seat will cause you to need frequent chiropractic care. After 19 months of trying different adjustments and different types/sizes of seat cushions I could not take sitting in that seat anymore and I traded the car for a Taurus. A few other dislikes - the glove box has no lock and no interior light. The headlights cannot be turned on unless the engine is running. No cup holders for the rear seats. No heated mirrors, which affects visibility in the rain or cold weather. The switch for the dome light is illogical: the button closest to the back turns on only the front light, whereas the button closest to the front turns on the back and front dome lights. This means that a rear passenger can turn on the front dome light but not the rear one, unless he loosens his seat belt and leans forward and reaches the front switch that is close to the front passengers. The driver and front passenger can easily turn on the rear dome light, but in order to turn on both lights he'd have to reach back to the rear switch. Trade in value is not good because these cars are so common, "a dime a dozen" so to speak. Used car dealerships are flooded with these.
The are so many great things about this car, but the few not-so-great things outweigh them. I was glad to get rid of this car even though I still had 43 payments left.


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