2008 Ford Focus SES: Drum Brakes. Seriously.
June 26, 2009
Manufacturers use drum brakes for one reason: They're cheap. And guess what? It shows. Especially behind alloy wheels. Here's a shot of one of the Focus's rear drums.
Aside from the many performance reasons to use disc brakes, I'd argue that simply looking at brake drums through alloy wheel spokes is among the biggest incentives to avoid them. I'll pay extra, thanks. Am I crazy?
Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor