2013 Ford Focus Titanium 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6AM)
Leave it to Ford to get almost everything right about an affordable hatchback and then blow it with this god-awful transmission. The car handles like a dream, outstanding fuel economy (sometimes over 40mpg on the highway), room for days with the hatch and was pretty top-of-the-line tech when I bought it back in '13. Downsides are the car is slow off the line (but has a little go after 3500 rpm), transmission needs a new clutch every 10-15K and the leg room could be better. If you hunt around in the aftermarket, find a cheap 2012-13 because Ford extended the transmission warranty out to 100K on those (but not the 2014 and after).
That make sure you turn on the mykey feature unless you have the two keys otherwise it will be expensive cause it won’t come off unless you purchase a whole mother key and u have to take it in to get reprogrammed a whole mess.
Balance of fun with practicality. With back seats down I can carry a lot, always fun to drive and inspires confidence. Menu system is a little hard to get used to, but simplifies the dash layout for the things you do most often. In a modern car with many features this will always be the case. The back seat is short on space for an adult, but better than some other cars in this class. At least the windows let the back seat occupants feel comfortable and the 4-doors give them easy in-and-out.
The 2013 Ford Focus hatchback has been the best car I've ever owned. I think it is getting a bad reputation here for the dual-clutch automatic manual transmission, which is easy to misunderstand as a "broken" automatic transmission. I enjoy it a lot and no issues with it after 70,000 miles. Things I like about the car include the stylish exterior and interior, excellent interior build quality, comfortable seats, comfortable climate control, good visibility from the driver's seat, blind-spot side-view mirrors, decent sound system, and good acceleration in passing gear (assuming you can get the transmission to cooperate). Things I don't like about the car are the delays in shifting the automated manual when it doesn't engage the right secondary gear, lack of "sport mode" manual shift, connecting to Bluetooth audio (I must pull the voice command and say "Bluetooth Audio" every time I start the car), small screen, large and messy center console with an alpha-numeric keypad (?) instead of a larger screen, and no backup camera. It is an excellent car for an excellent value, not without fault, but I would recommend highly.
This is my favorite car I’ve ever owned. Past cars were Toyota Avalon, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Honda Accord. Ford really nailed value and quality with this car. The auto-manual transmission is getting a bad reputation in the reviews, and it seems Ford is doing a lot of unnecessary repairs to appease people who don’t understand how the transmission works. Nissan has similar issues with their CVT - people who expect a hydraulic auto transmission are confused by something different. PROS - This car is very comfortable and stylish. Sound system is decent. Great gas mileage. Great acceleration when passing (not taking off though). Great visibility from inside cabin, and blind-spot side-view mirrors were a nice addition. Good handling in corners. Interior quality is excellent. CONS - Despite understanding the auto-manual transmission, it sometimes engages the wrong secondary gear, meaning you have to wait a second or two for it to catch up when you press the accelerator. I wish it had “sport mode” manual selectors. The center console is an absolute mess of unneeded buttons. Why in the world does it have an alpha-numeric keypad? Take out the keypad and make the screen bigger. Screen doesn’t show artist or song name because the screen is too small. No backup camera.