Great Value & better than advertised MPG
By Politburo on
Vehicle2009 Ford Focus SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
ReviewI spent about 80 man hours researching and test drving compact sedans before having to make a decision between the top two candidates: the Focus and the Elantra. I selected the Focus due to better overall value as for 1200 more the Focus provided Sync and leather seating (plus it looked better than the Elantra). After 6,000 miles I am quite confident I made a right decision as I have had no issues with it and the car does not get 24/33 MPG as auto tranny is listed. Rather since the engine has been broken in, it is getting something more like 28/37 as i got 35.9 on a recent 250 mile trip. The primary downside is the sluggish acceleration performance by the transmission.
Best Features-SYNC! It is pretty awesome -Much better MPG than advertised -Possibly cheapest available vehicle with leather seats -Seems very reliable -Comfortable for 6'1" 220 lb man -Driver sits quite high for a compact
Worst Features-Higher quality 5 speed auto tranny -Bigger sun visors -Use better interior plastic for high traffic surfaces as it scuffs somemwhat easily -Interior design could be better: think Mazda3
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