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2009 Ford Focus SES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
My sister-in-law purchased the Focus for our teenage daughter. Honestly, I wanted her to get a Toyota Corolla because of the safety ratings and body styling.(Thank God, we did not end up with that since Toyota has had it's share of problems). Our other teenager has a 2005 Corolla, which has been good. The Focus has more power than the Corolla. My husband even says it is a fun car to drive. It handles well. The seat warmers are amazing! The only problem we have had is the carpeting coming out from under the trim. We had it fixed once, now it has done the same thing on the other side. I think they are cutting it too short. I don't know why this car isn't in the top picks, it deserves to be.
Moonroof, ambient lighting, sound system, fuel efficiency, seat warmers.
lighting for rear seat area, trunk release in interior,
2009 Ford Focus SES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I've had this car for about 4 months now and I really enjoy driving it. It's pretty comfortable, though I haven't taken any trips yet. The leather heated seats and sunroof are nice, and the dash + heat + radio all have a really nice interface which is easy to read and understand. Ambient lightning is a neat feature but if it's not included I wouldn't go and pay extra for it. You're looking at the road anyway. The handling is responsive, though the steering seems a bit wobbly when you go over bumps on the highway..not sure if it's supposed to do this. Had torque steer a couple times at a green light. The sunroof has a little rattle, but I'll get it checked next week.
Fuel economy! About 33mpg hwy/city mixed. About 390 miles/tank. Great acceleration for a 4cyl when you put your foot down. Sync is a great feature which I often use, but it needs some upgrades. Trunk is a good size for a small car. Good in snow so far. O/D off button = great for slowing down.
Need more rear leg room. It's non existent if the driver is tall Sync needs upgrade to work with all phones. Needs a voice search command for finding music that you don't know the exact name of. Dome light in the rear seats - can't see anything at night. Trunk should pop open and not just unlock
2009 Ford Focus SES 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Why buy a Focus? Check out these numbers: MSRP $19.8K. Price paid $16.5K. Total maintenance cost after 22.5K miles just $140 (3 oil changes/tire rotation, sync upgrade, removed a nail from one tire). Respectable lifetime actual mileage 30.6 MPG mixed driving (computer says 31.7 MPG). Excel. fit & finish, still looks showroom new. Comfortable seats. Very good handling with 17 in Kumo tires on dry roads, but they aren't good in rain/snow. Feels substantial, not tinny. Outstanding sound insulation for wind and engine noise, but average road noise. Looks are distinctive, but appears a little tall for the width of its track. A great commuter that I really enjoy driving. Definitely consider it.
17" wheels look great. Flawless 5 speed manual. Excellent Sync and stereo system. Electronic stability control. Large trunk.
Really needs folding side mirrors, cabin A/C filter, otside temp. gauge, some contrasting stitching and color to dress up the black leather seats. Better front seat side bolstering would be nice. Rear seats do not fold flat. Wiper whistle above 70 mph.
2009 Ford Focus SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Bought new during the cash4clunkers program traded my Merc G/M and had some fear going from such a large car to the Focus however I can now say that after driving the car for 7+ months through the worst winter in Philly history I have no concerns at all.`The car handles surperbly and I am able to squeeze 41 MPG on the highway. I have no problems to date not even a minor rattle. Ford has really put Quality #1 with this car.
Sync system, Sirius satellite radio, steering wheel controls for the sound system and Sync.
I will always buy American when I have a choice, but come on Ford, Hankook tires! Don't cheapen a quality Ford product with Chinese junk. So far that's my only complaint.
2009 Ford Focus S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
This car replaced a much-loved 2000 Saturn SL that routinely got 40 mpg highway, 32-35 in town. Driver is female, average size, over 50. The Focus turned out surprisingly comfortable and well-designed. MPG average: about 28 (this is a stick) and up to 35 highway. It handles well in snow, about as well as the Saturn, and does better in strong winds. This car has enough power to get up to expressway speed on entrance ramps. I wouldn't want to spend a long ride in the back seat, though.
Handles well in snow; excellent headlights; curtain airbag system; easy to pick up speed quickly in lower gears to get on expressways; P/S often has drift on interstates--very little P/S drift on this car; solid in wind; factory tires hold air well; driver chair has vertical adjustment; huge trunk
inside trunk release; make keyhole (this car no key fob) apertures flush instead of indented to repel water so lock doesn't ice up; use bumpers like 80s & 90s Saturns--heavy solid foam covered with thick plastic, which takes a hit with no paint damage