|Compact car; Built in USA|
|Good condition price range: $7,200 – $14,500*|
2009 Ford Focus Front
2008 Ford Focus Rear
2008 Ford Focus Interior
2008 Ford Focus Front
Focus feels dated and less refined compared with such cars as the Honda Civic and Nissan Versa. The versatile hatchback and wagon that made Focus stand out were dropped as part of the 2008 redesign. Still, front-seat room and comfort impress, new-car pricing has been competitive, and used-car prices can be tempting. The top-end SES coupe adds a bit of handling spice without sacrificing good ride control. Sync is a nice feature, despite a few bugs. Overall, Focus is worth a look; but be sure to survey the competition before buying.
Substantially updated for 2008, the Ford Focus received fresh styling and new features. Again compact in size, Focus came as a two-door coupe (offered for the first time) and a four-door sedan, competing against such models as the Honda Civic, Mazda 3, and Nissan Versa. Hatchback and wagon models no longer were available.
Suspensions were retuned. Seats got improved contours, along with more lateral and lumbar support. Cupholders were installed in doors, and the center console grew in size. A new “top-of-dash” display appeared at eye level atop the center stack. Interior lighting was color configurable.
S, SE, and top-of-the-line SES trim levels were offered, the latter featuring white-faced gauges, a rear spoiler, and unique 16-inch wheels. The only engine was a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a standard five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic. Curtain side airbags and front side airbags were standard. Antilock brakes were optinal. Newly available was Ford’s Sync, which provided voice control of certain cell-phone and MP3-player functions. Standard on SES models, Sync was available on SEs as well. Also available were leather seating and remote engine start.
Styling was freshened slightly for 2009 and an antiskid system became available. A new SEL trim level was offered for the Focus sedan, and the S coupe was dropped. S and SEL models were now sedan-only. The Focus engine developed 140 horsepower in sedans and 143 horsepower in coupes. Ford’s Sync system was standard on SES and SEL models, and available for the SE. An SEL could be equipped with leather upholstery and heated front seats.
The 2010 Ford Focus lineup gained some newly standard safety features but was otherwise largely unchanged.
Focus dropped its coupe for 2011, the final year of this design.