Best Bet
(4.2) 38 reviews
MSRP: $1,228$6,856
Body Style: Hatchback
Combined MPG: 27-30
Engine: 130-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 5-speed manual w/OD
2005 Ford Focus

Our Take on the 2005 Ford Focus

Our Take

Introduced for the 2000 model year, the European-designed Focus quickly displaced the Escort as Ford’s top-selling passenger car. Reworked as an early 2005 model, the front-wheel-drive compact has a simplified group of model designations in four body styles. They include a ZX3 three-door ha... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Performance with automatic
  • Side-impact crash-test rating of hatchback
  • Resale value

Notable Features

  • New 136-hp four-cylinder
  • Euro-style handling
  • Manual or automatic
  • Four body styles
  • New 151-hp ZX4 ST performance sedan


Our Expert Reviews

For '05, Focus is on styling, lower emissions Ford says consumers will be happy to know they can get a PZEV or a ULEV Focus for the '05 model year. Of course, consumers probably would be even happier if they knew what PZEV or ULEV means. PZEV stands for partial zero-emission vehicle and ULEV stands for ultra-low-emission vehicle. PZEV means the car produces about the same amoun... Read full review for the 2005 Ford Focus

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5 yr Review

by New car shopper from boston on January 31, 2011

We bought our 2005 Focus se NEW in 12/04. Got a GREAT deal. The only problem off the bat was the HVAC system leaking water into the foot well. This was fixed (through outsourcing) @ the local dealer f... Read Full Review

12 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 5 recalls for this car.

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