2008 Ford Focus: Killing Time
April 22, 2009
Over this past weekend, I headed out of town with our 2008 Ford Focus. The plan was to put about 300 miles on the clock for a trip up into our local mountains. My initial reaction was, "7000 feet elevation and a wheezy four-banger under the hood? Ugh!"
All was not lost though. While I was stuck behind slower drivers making the climb into thinner air, I practiced carving the perfect racing line and left-foot braking in anticipation of an upcoming karting event with my cohorts. It turns out, that practicing racing technique at lower speeds is both useful for developing a better touch as well as killing the time between passing lanes. The Focus, with its fairly low power output, makes you realize how important conserving momentum is to weaker cars.
Besides being a decent Karting tutor, the Focus ably swallowed-up all of our cargo for a four-day excursion -- firewood, camera gear, luggage and groceries. The SYNC system is still one of my favorites and a good example of how voice-activation should work. Where the Focus lacked was the rather prominent road noise and previously documented buzzy engine drone. Also, my passenger noted the lack of a grab handle in the curves. All in all, the Focus never limited us in our adventures, but we were certainly glad the cabin was less than 90 minutes away.
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 18,048 miles