2012 Ford Focus Consumer Review: Very Surprising!

2012 Ford Focus - Consumer Review

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SEL Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. FFV 6-speed Automated Manual)

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Very Surprising!
By chart63 on


2012 Ford Focus SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6AM)


From the moment I stepped into the 2012 Focus, I was hooked.
I test drove a Civic, a Mazda 3, an Elantra, and a Cruze.
All of them were good cars, but the Focus really stood out from those.
It feels like it should cost a lot more than it does.
I know what type of car I was looking for...I wanted a comfortable, good mileage, "fun to drive" car and the 2012 Focus fit the bill.
Aside from the great enhancements to the exterior, the interior has a major upgrade from years past, and the technology available is truly amazing.
The 6 speed double clutch transmission can take some getting used to, but is responsive.
Fun, good MPG, solid build quality, and technology make this a great entry!

Best Features

Favorite features are the interior upgrades, the exterior face lift, tight cornering, relaxed yet solid suspension, awesome packaged technology, and responsive engine. The engine is not a high powered "gear head" dream, but it more than gets the job done in the city streets or getting through highway traffic.

Worst Features

The 6 speed dual clutch automatic transmission occasionally gets "stuck" in between gears, and then either stays in a gear that is too high or slams into a lower gear. Ford is looking into this for me, but it looks like a model wide issue, as the computer makes the decision on the gear. Most of the time, it does it's job fine, but you notice it on occasion, especially when you need a little more "juice." SYNC, while an awesome tool, occasionally does not understand your voice command, but it does give you options that you can choose from if it "thinks" it understands you...and one of those options are usually the one you need.
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