The gas-powered trims offer fuel economy of up to 40 mpg, and some are available with such optional high-tech features as Ford's SYNC system, active park assist, HD radio, a rear-view camera, push-button start and Wi-Fi access.
That said, no competitive vehicle offers such a space premium over the Focus that it will make much of a difference.
The Focus has some visibility issues as well, especially with its thick A-pillars, a result of the steeply raked windshield.
Because the price is a suggestion from the manufacturer, a dealer can choose to sell a vehicle above or below the MSRP.
— i downgraded from a much more expensive diesel-turbo car because of my commute.
The deep-mouthed grille under the Ford blue oval emblem, the rising beltline along the sides, the steeply raked windshield and the tapering roofline all give the Focus a striking, aerodynamic and athletic appearance, which becomes even more pronounced on hatchback trims.
Overall, the Focus stretches 3 inches longer and sits 0.5 inches lower than the old version, with a 1.3-inch-longer wheelbase.
Displaying European lines and offering a smooth, sporty ride and a high level of technology, the redesigned Focus meets or beats just about anything offered by the competition.
A few years back, European drivers were treated to an all-new Ford Focus, while here in the U. we were stuck with a lightly massaged version of the old one. For 2012, Ford brings its sleek, sporty and economical European-designed Focus "world car" to our shores.
Ford offers the 5-passenger Focus in a variety of trims for 2012, including 4-door sedans and 5-door hatchbacks at S, SE, SEL and Titanium trim levels.