Innovative Ford Sync system, above-average fuel economy.
Interior design missteps, low-quality interior materials, disjointed exterior styling, elevated amounts of road noise and vibration, not particularly sporty.
If you follow business news, you probably know that Ford's finances haven't been in the best of shape these past few years. As such, there hasn't been much money to go around. So what's an automaker to do when one of its cars is in need of an expensive redesign? Put out the tin cup? Hope that Monopoly money suddenly becomes legal tender?
No, silly. Give it an Extreme Makeover: Ford Edition! While the 2008 Ford Focus is being labeled as new, in fact, it's the beneficiary of a major refresh rather than a redesign. The car has updated sheet metal, a new coupe body style, a new interior design and the much-hyped Ford Sync system, but the underlying body structure and powertrain are largely the same as last year...and none too different from seven years before that.
The question, of course, is whether this makeover is sufficiently deep to keep the Focus a viable and recommended choice for a small car. To find out, we bought a 2008 Ford Focus SES Coupe for our
On the move, the 2008 Ford Focus SES falls in the middle of the road in regards to handling performance. Earlier Focus models were known for their lively steering and fun-to-drive nature. These attributes aren't as immediately apparent in the new car, as Ford chose to prioritize stability and ride quality instead. This is even the case with the as-tested SES trim, which comes standard with sportier wheels and tires and a rear antiroll bar. The Focus still possesses decent steering response and grip. But drivers looking for a sport-themed small car will find driving excitement elsewhere.
Ford says that it made a number of improvements to the 2008 Focus to help reduce wind noise. This is all well and good, but the Focus won't be getting many smiles from shush-happy librarians. Wind noise is, in fact, fairly muted, but road noise and vibration can be intrusive at highway speeds. The Focus' ride quality, at least, is pleasingly stable for a small car.
The front seats are firm and flat — they seem shaped for people who never met a Triple Whopper with Cheese they didn't like. On the SES coupe, height adjustment for the driver comes standard. One disappointment is the lack of a telescoping function for the steering wheel — this previously available feature was discontinued for 2008.
The Focus coupe isn't as rear-passenger-friendly as other small coupes. The front seats don't slide or cant forward easily, nor do they return to their original positions when placed back. Once seated in the rear, at least, normal-size adults will find suitable amounts of legroom and headroom. There's also generous foot room thanks to high mounting of the front seats. Unfortunately, there aren't any rear head restraints, which hampers long-distance comfort for adults and raises questions about crash safety.
Sync this into your brain: Sync is cool. Essentially, it's a Microsoft-developed, voice-activated control system for portable MP3 players plus Bluetooth cell phone connectivity for hands-free calling. It comes standard on the Focus SES.
Most portable MP3 players are compatible. You just need to use a special cable to hook up the player to the combo auxiliary audio jack/USB port. Sync will scan the MP3 player's musical contents and then one can control the player using voice commands, such as "Play artist: Madonna," or "Play playlist: Driving Songs." Sync confirms commands with a synthesized voice ("playing: Madonna"). Song information is also presented on a dash-mounted display. Other nice touches: MP3 players get their batteries charged while connected, and you can use the steering-wheel-mounted controls to skip through tracks.
In general, Sync worked very well for us. It recognized most of our voice prompt requests, and it didn't get tripped up when we threw some Spanish song titles at it. (The thick Sync manual says it can even be set up to operate in French or Spanish. "Tocar artista: Madonna!") There were times when Sync didn't recognize a voice request (it absolutely refused to play any music associated with Dean Martin), which means you're out of luck since the Focus' dedicated buttons can only advance tracks within a voice-selected song list. Plus, once your player is connected, you can't operate it by its own controls. You can, however, simply plug your iPod into the standard auxiliary audio jack (if you're really hankering for some Dino).
Design/Fit and Finish
Ford did what it could to make the Focus look new. But most of our staff found the '08 model to be worse looking than past models. The car's lines simply aren't cohesive, and certain design elements, such as the chrome fender vents (which don't actually vent anything) look totally tacked on.
Change for the better will be found on the inside. The dash and center stack have been completely redesigned and additional storage areas have been added. The look of the dash is high-tech. At night, the controls have blue illumination, and our car had the optional custom-color LEDs that light up the cupholders and footwells. There's enough interior storage for cell phones and MP3 players, and the center console bin is quite deep.
There are some annoying design missteps, however. The interior door handles for the coupe are placed too far forward. Leveragewise, this makes the doors feel overly heavy when closing. The white-faced gauges are hard to read. Finally, many of the interior materials simply aren't up to snuff. Fit and finish is fine, but overall quality is a few steps behind what's available from class leaders.
Who should consider this vehicle
Ford's tagline for the 2008 Focus is "Where MP3s meet MPGs." And guess what? Sync really does work. If you live your life one MP3 at a time and score big with pricing incentives, maybe the 2008 Ford Focus is for you. But to us, this is an underachieving small car more fitting of the following tagline: "Good enough for government work."
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2008 Ford Focus Overview
The 2008 Ford Focus is offered in the following submodels: Coupe, Sedan. Available styles include SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M), SES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M), and S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M). Focus models are available with a 2.0 l-liter gas engine, with output up to 140 hp, depending on engine type. The 2008 Focus comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual. The 2008 Focus comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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Price comparisons for used 2008 Ford Focus trim styles:
The 2008 Ford Focus SE is priced around $5354 with average odometer reading of 105940 miles.
The 2008 Ford Focus S is priced around $4595 with average odometer reading of 85234 miles.
The 2008 Ford Focus SES is priced around $5399 with average odometer reading of 113439 miles.
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Vehicle SES 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Review I've had my car for 7 years bought new, longest lasting car I've owned. Being a home owner I have the same demands for maintenance, so I bought a 5x8 enclosed trailer put a hitch on the focus. I've pulled 50 sheets of drywall, lumber, ATV up north hunting, Ice fishing, car handles it just fine. Without the trailer I've drive through 4 inches of fresh snow fall, on federal land. My brother owned one, a guy who was blinded by the evening sun pulled out in front him, he hit him at 60, and walked away! The only reason I'm writing this review is because I'm looking at buying a newer model, but still keeping the 08' and putting snow tires on it
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2008 ford focus SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M), 5-speed manual, regular unleaded 28 combined MPG 24 city MPG/35 highway MPG
2008 ford focus SES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M), 5-speed manual, regular unleaded 28 combined MPG 24 city MPG/35 highway MPG
2008 ford focus S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M), 5-speed manual, regular unleaded 28 combined MPG 24 city MPG/35 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2008 Ford Focus?
Available Ford Focus 2008 Submodel Types: Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon, Electric, Coupe
Available Trims: Titanium, SEL, SE, ZX4 S, ZX4 SES, ZX4 SE, Electric, ZX3, ZX3 S, ZTS, LX, SES, ZXW SE, S, ZTW, ZX3 SE, ZX5, ZX5 S, ZX3 SES, ZX5 Premium, ZX5 SE, ZX5 SES, SE Comfort, ZXW SES
Exterior Colors: Ingot Silver Metallic, Magnetic Metallic, Shadow Black, Sterling Grey Metallic, Tuxedo Black Metallic, Race Red, Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Lightning Blue Metallic, Tuxedo Black Metallic (Late Availability), Blue Candy Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Blue Metallic, Kona Blue Metallic, White Gold Metallic, Blue Candy Metallic, White Gold, Performance Blue Metallic, White Platinum Metallic Tri-coat, White Platinum Metallic Tricoat, Tectonic Metallic, CD Silver Clearcoat Metallic, Ebony Clearcoat, Sangria Red Clearcoat Metallic, Pitch Black Clearcoat, Red Candy Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Silver Frost Clearcoat Metallic, Sterling Grey Clearcoat Metallic, Blue Flame Clearcoat Metallic, Cloud 9 White Clearcoat, Brilliant Silver Clearcoat Metallic, Frosted Glass Metallic, Black Clearcoat, Infra-Red Clearcoat, Ingot Silver Clearcoat Metallic, Pueblo Gold Clearcoat Metallic, Blue Flame Metallic, Light Tundra Clearcoat Metallic, Liquid Grey Clearcoat Metallic, Sangria Red Metallic, Vista Blue Clearcoat Metallic, White Suede Clearcoat, Ebony, Vermillion Red Clearcoat, Amber Gold Clearcoat Metallic, Atlantic Blue Clearcoat Metallic, French Blue Clearcoat Metallic, Light Ice Blue Clearcoat Metallic, Natural Neutral Clearcoat Metallic, Sonic Blue Clearcoat, Twilight Blue Clearcoat Metallic, Yellow Blaze Metallic Tri-Coat, Dark Toreador Red Clearcoat Metallic, Hot Pepper Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Jackpot Gold Clearcoat Metallic, Malibu Blue Clearcoat Metallic, Oxford White, White Suede, Aqua Blue Clearcoat Metallic, Arizona Beige Clearcoat Metallic, CD Silver Clear Coat Metallic, Cloud 9 Clear Coat, Fort Knox Gold Clear Coat Metallic, Kiwi Green Clearcoat, Natural Neutral Metallic, Outrageous Green Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
Interior Colors: Charcoal Black Insert w/Warm Steel Surround cloth, Charcoal Black Surround w/Charcoal Black Insert leather, Warm Steel Surround w/Charcoal Black Insert cloth, Medium Light Stone cloth, Medium Dark Stone Surround w/Medium Light Stone Insert cloth, Charcoal Black w/Metal Gray Surround cloth, Tuscany Red Surround w/Charcoal Black Insert leather, Medium Soft Ceramic leather, Medium Light Stone w/Medium Dark Stone Surround cloth, Medium Light Stone leather, Charcoal Black w/Warm Steel Surround cloth, Metal Gray/Charcoal Black Surround w/Charcoal Black Insert premium cloth, Medium Parchment, Charcoal Black leather, Tuscany Red w/Charcoal Black Insert leather, Medium Stone cloth, Medium Graphite, Charcoal Black Surround w/Arctic White Insert leather, Charcoal Upper/Charcoal Lower leather, Light Stone leather, Dark Charcoal, Dark Flint Upper/Light Flint Lower, Dark Pebble Upper/Light Pebble Lower, Medium Stone leather, Arctic White w/Charcoal Black Surround leather, Charcoal Black cloth, Charcoal Upper/Charcoal Lower cloth, Charcoal Upper/Light Flint Lower leather, Dark Pebble Upper/Light Pebble Lower cloth
Popular Features: Stability Control, Trip Computer, Back-up camera, Post-collision safety system, Parking sensors, Auto Climate Control, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Sunroof/Moonroof, Heated seats, Power Driver Seat, Leather Seats, Remote Start, Keyless Entry/Start, Navigation, Upgraded Engine, Aux Audio Inputs, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Rear Bench Seats, Tire Pressure Warning, Upgraded Headlights, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Bluetooth, USB Inputs, Upgraded Stereo, Mobile Internet, Alarm