2001 Ford Focus Consumer Review: ZX3 is a winner

2001 Ford Focus Hatchback - Consumer Review

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ZX3 is a winner
By pdxflint on


2001 Ford Focus ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


This car has been a very pleasant
surprise. Equipped with the Power
Premium package, there is not much left
to be desired from a driver's
standpoint. Seats could be a bit
firmer, adjustable steering wheel
should be able to move a tad lower
(when seat is lowered to max, and the
wheel is extended). Center armrest is a
bit awkward. But the car handles
extemely well on the street, and if a
blast to drive. The clutch action is
very smooth, and it's fun to put the
ZX3 through its gears on a windy road.
The dash design is unusual, yet very
logical and useful. All the controls
are well marked and easy to reach.
Feels a lot more expensive than it is,
like driving a smaller European sports

Best Features

Handling, styling, quality of interior controls and lighting, very good audio system, very smooth clutch, thick leather-wrapped adjustable/telescoping steering wheel, low-profile 16" tires/wheels.

Worst Features

Adjustable steering wheel doesn't move low enough, armrest/console should be larger and lower, clutch pedal positioned better for heel'n'toe driving. Better seat materials, more durable and firmer, better lumbar support. Dimmable hi-beam indicator, larger sun visors.
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