2006 Ford Focus

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$13,450

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2006 Ford Focus

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Maneuverability
  • Interior space
  • Hatchback versatility
  • Distinctive styling

The bad:

  • Sedans and wagons not as sporty as claimed
  • Performance with automatic
  • Side-impact crash-test rating
  • Resale value of S models

19 trims

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Notable features

  • 136-hp four-cylinder
  • Euro-style handling
  • Manual or automatic
  • Four body styles
  • 151-hp ZX4 ST performance sedan
  • New Street Appearance Package for 2006

2006 Ford Focus review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Introduced for 2000, the European-designed Focus quickly became Ford’s top-selling passenger car. Reworked for 2005, the front-wheel-drive compact comes in four body styles. They include the ZX3 three-door hatchback, ZX5 five-door hatchback, ZX4 sedan and ZXW wagon. Trim levels include the entry-level S, midrange SE and upscale SES.

Another selection, the ZX4 ST sedan, rides on a performance-oriented suspension that borrowed components from the old SVT Focus. The ST’s 151-horsepower, 2.3-liter four-cylinder exceeds the standard for Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles.

Regular Focus models use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 136 hp. In states with strict emissions requirements, a 130-hp version is installed.

For 2006, a Street Appearance Package can give the ZX4 a custom look. Later in the model year, that package will also be offered on the ZX3 and ZX5. All Focus models now have a CD/MP3 player, and the optional six-CD changer adds steering-wheel controls.
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Exterior
At 168.5 inches long overall, Focus hatchbacks are nearly 7 inches shorter than the Honda Civic sedan and 10 inches shorter than Toyota’s Corolla. Focus sedans measure 175.2 inches from stem to stern.

The front end of the Focus echoes the look of Ford’s larger Five Hundred sedan. The headlamps have clear lenses, and the grille displays a diamond pattern. Round fog lamps are installed, and the fascia has a wide, low air intake. S and SE models get 15-inch tires, while the SES holds 16-inch alloy wheels. The ST gets unique 16-inch machined-alloy wheels and all-disc brakes.

Interior
The Focus’ seats are relatively high — part of a long, tall interior that’s designed to accommodate taller and older people, despite Ford’s emphasis on the youth market. Large doorways ease entry and exit. Big, clearly labeled controls are convenient to reach.

A symmetrical instrument panel greets the driver. The ZX4 ST has optional suede seating surfaces.

Ford says the Focus not only seats five comfortably, but it’s also roomier than key rivals. The backseat folds down to expand cargo capacity. Focus sedans have a 14.8-cubic-foot trunk; hatchbacks promise 17.6 cubic feet of space when the seats are up and nearly 40 cubic feet with the seats folded.

Under the Hood
Ford’s 136-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder teams with a four-speed automatic or five-speed-manual transmission. A 151-hp 2.3-liter engine that issues 154 pounds-feet of torque goes into the ZX4 ST sedan, which comes only with a manual gearbox and has a performance-tuned exhaust system.

Safety
Antilock brakes are optional on all models except the ZX4 ST, which includes them as standard equipment. Side-impact airbags are optional.

Driving Impressions
The European heritage of the Focus reveals itself mainly in the car’s crisp cornering ability and its roomy, upright, ergonomically oriented interior. Hatchback models look sharper than the sedans.

The manual-shift ZX3 is frisky. It accelerates eagerly from a standstill and is quite spirited for passing and merging. Focus hatchbacks are highly maneuverable and fun to drive. Smooth clutch action and a gearbox that works fairly easily contribute to driving enjoyment.

Ride comfort is firm but above par, and the suspension deals competently with urban bumps. Despite thick pillars, the long side glass helps visibility in the hatchback. Front-seat headroom is huge.

Focus Wagon
At 178.4 inches long overall, the Focus Wagon is nearly a foot longer than Focus hatchbacks. Wagon models have 73.1 cubic feet of cargo capacity when the seats are folded down and 35.2 cubic feet with the rear seats up. The 136-hp four-cylinder is standard. Back to top

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior design 3.7
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 4.0
  • Reliability 4.1

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

Most reliable cars I ever owned.

My family and I have owned many 2003 through 2010 ford Focus models from 2 door hatchbacks to station wagons and have found these cars to be remarkably reliable and even better than many imports. My son's 2007 just turned 230,000 miles. It runs and drives excellent with many more miles to go. That's what regular maintenance can do for any car.

4.0

Can Never Let This Car Go

I bought this car new in college for $13k. It has about 90k miles on it, & doesn’t seem capable of dying, even after driving it for 14 years. I keep hoping something will happen to it, so I can get a car that looks a little cooler for life in California, but it just won’t quit. In addition to regular maintenance, I’ve probably only spent an additional $2k thru the years- on new tires and a couple small things here or there. No one will ever want to steal this car (especially since it’s manual), so I still couldn’t be happier with it all these years later.

5.0

I have a 2006, ford focus and it has 268, k miles

I just spent 5k investment on having the transmission, clutch,pressure plate,flywheel, replaced, my vehicle has been great and the motor has not had any problems. The clutch went out ,and because of the high mileage on it. I decided to replace it all ,to eliminate any future problems with the rest . I purchased a new transmission.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Gold
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Gold Certified: Ford models up to 6 years old with less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12-Month/12,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Blue Certified: 90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Powertrain
7-Year/100,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Powertrain Limited Warranty Blue Certified: Available Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Dealer certification required
Certified 172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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