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2000 Ford Focus

2000 Ford Focus

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$387 — $4,703 USED
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Hatchback
5 Seats
29-31 MPG
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2000 Ford Focus Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Ford has big plans for the Focus, a new small car that invades the United States this year. Already a hit in Europe, where it was designed, Ford expects Focus to replace the Escort as its high-volume small car. The Escort sold in the United States was jointly engineered with Mazda, while a different Escort was sold in Europe and other markets. The same Focus design will be used worldwide, and Ford will build more than 1 million annually at full production, with about 300,000 for the United States. Focus comes in three body styles — four-door sedan, two-door hatchback and station wagon — wrapped in edgy styling that gives these new models a unique appearance.

Interior
Focus has a tall, long interior designed to accommodate a population that is getting taller and older. The seats are higher in the Focus than in the Escort, and the doorways are larger to make it easier to get in and out. The higher seats give Focus drivers a hint of the command seating position that help make sport utility vehicles popular. Though Focus is aimed at young buyers, Ford expects one-third to be middle-aged and older. Ford tried to address this with larger, clearly labeled interior controls that are easier to see and positioned for an easier reach. The trunk release, for example, is on the dashboard instead of the floor. Ford claims Focus is roomier than key rivals such as the Chevrolet Cavalier, Dodge Neon, Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, and it can seat five comfortably. The rear sea...

Vehicle Overview
Ford has big plans for the Focus, a new small car that invades the United States this year. Already a hit in Europe, where it was designed, Ford expects Focus to replace the Escort as its high-volume small car. The Escort sold in the United States was jointly engineered with Mazda, while a different Escort was sold in Europe and other markets. The same Focus design will be used worldwide, and Ford will build more than 1 million annually at full production, with about 300,000 for the United States. Focus comes in three body styles — four-door sedan, two-door hatchback and station wagon — wrapped in edgy styling that gives these new models a unique appearance.

Interior
Focus has a tall, long interior designed to accommodate a population that is getting taller and older. The seats are higher in the Focus than in the Escort, and the doorways are larger to make it easier to get in and out. The higher seats give Focus drivers a hint of the command seating position that help make sport utility vehicles popular. Though Focus is aimed at young buyers, Ford expects one-third to be middle-aged and older. Ford tried to address this with larger, clearly labeled interior controls that are easier to see and positioned for an easier reach. The trunk release, for example, is on the dashboard instead of the floor. Ford claims Focus is roomier than key rivals such as the Chevrolet Cavalier, Dodge Neon, Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, and it can seat five comfortably. The rear seat folds on all models to expand cargo capacity.

Exterior
The Focus sedan is 175 inches long, about the same as the Escort sedan, but at 56.3 inches tall it is 3 inches taller. This makes the Focus look much larger on the road. Styling follows Ford’s new-edge theme — like that of the Mercury Cougar — marked by prominent creases and dramatically designed headlamps that sweep back into the hood and fenders. The Focus hatchback, which is nearly 7 inches shorter than the sedan, is expected to appeal to younger buyers.

Under the Hood
The base engine for the Focus is the 110-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder used in the Escort. The optional engine is the 130-horsepower 2.0-liter used in the Escort ZX2 coupe. Both engines are available with manual or automatic transmissions.

Performance
Ford is making dramatic changes to give its small car lineup more utility, attention-getting looks and sporty handling. The European roots of the Focus show in its crisp, athletic cornering ability and firm ride. The upright design and roomy, ergonomic interior make this car suitable for either younger or older drivers.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.0
38 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(3.9)
Performance
(3.9)
Interior Design
(3.8)
Comfort
(4.0)
Reliability
(4.0)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

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(4.0)

Great car,fun,alot of space

by Lrt-fmt from Hilo Hawaii on March 17, 2020

I have had my 2000 focus about 3 years now. I live in hawaii and most cars are all rust at 20 years old. This one no rust and great paint. Got it for$300 and have driven it very hard off road even. ... Read full review

(4.0)

Very good runner

by Kona from Duluth, Mn on May 14, 2019

This car can handle a lot more miles. It always wants to go. More room on the inside than one would think. Excellent on gas milage. Has roof rack for luggage or skiis. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2000 Ford Focus currently has 18 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2000 Ford Focus ZX3

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
4 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
1 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Focus received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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