2007 Ford Focus

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Seating capacity

168.5” x 59.5”


Front-wheel drive



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

11 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • ZX4 SE

  • ZX4 SES

  • ZX5 SE

  • ZX5 SES

  • ZX4 ST

  • ZX5 S

  • ZX4 S

  • S


  • SE


  • ST


  • SES


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Notable features

  • 136-hp four-cylinder
  • Euro-style handling
  • Two new exterior colors
  • Four body styles
  • 151-hp ZX4 ST performance sedan
  • Street Appearance Package

2007 Ford Focus review: Our expert's take

By Steven Cole Smith

For those of us with a car-as-appliance mind-set — cars are bought for utility, price and expected service, like a toaster or refrigerator — the Ford Focus, since its introduction as a 2000 model, has been one of America’s most popular choices. Ford sold more than 177,000 of them in 2006, not bad for a vehicle that has had only minor updates since it was introduced.

The Focus is due for its most extensive freshening yet for the 2008 model year, but because the basic platform will remain, the changes will be more cosmetic than mechanical. Even so, Ford is offering attractive incentives to keep the ’07 Focus moving, so for the car-as-appliance folks, less concerned than most with having the latest and greatest, the Focus might be particularly appealing right now.

The Focus is indeed a workhorse, but in midlevel SE trim, as the test car was, it is not that much fun to drive. Steering feel is rubbery and handling is less precise than in its competitors, but the powertrain — a 2.0-liter, 136-horsepower four-cylinder engine, with a four-speed automatic transmission — works just fine. Uplevel Focus models have an even better 2.3-liter four-cylinder shared with Mazda, but for everyday driving, this 2.0-liter gets the job done. And it does it with very good mileage — 27 miles per gallon in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, on regular gasoline.

Inside, the Focus SE is basic and a bit plastic-heavy; in the test car, the flimsy little folding center console was already showing signs of wear. Cloth-covered front bucket seats are fine, and rear-seat room isn’t bad for a car this size. Trunk space is also generous.

On the road, the Focus is large enough to make highway driving comfortable and secure. The test model had the optional $750 “safety package,” which included side air bags and anti-lock brakes. It also had the $225 “convenience group,” which provided cruise control and a tilting steering wheel. Standard stuff included air conditioning, a good AM-FM stereo with CD player, remote keyless entry, and power locks and windows.

Base price on the Focus SE is $15,070, and with options and $595 shipping, plus a $400 discount for the safety package, the total price was $17,055. But, as mentioned, you can do a lot better than that with discounts and rebates.

The Focus SE is a solid little car that is beginning to show its age. How much 2008’s face-lift will correct that remains to be seen, but the current model still gets the job done, and cheaply.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.9
  • Interior 3.8
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value 4.3
  • Exterior 3.9
  • Reliability 4.4
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Most recent consumer reviews


Good first car, good hobby car, avoid long trips.

My relationship with this car has been pretty complex, frustrating, but also rewarding. This was my first car, bought used at 120k miles when it was already 8 years old. The cons are, it’s given me a LOT of problems. The pros are, despite all these problems and attempting to fix them in ways that wouldn’t break the bank, it still runs to this day at 16 years old with 200k miles. It’s a sickly workhorse of a car, but a workhorse nonetheless. It will definitely get you from point A to point B, but the interior leaves a lot to be desired. The plastic parts are definitely not holding up past 10 years. Center console will collapse if you look at it for too long. Handles regularly break. The air control knob will eventually break, so if you’re particularly unlucky, you’ll have it stuck to blowing all the air towards the floor of the cabin. Don’t pull too hard at the lining in the trunk, because the adhesive dries out quickly and the liner will pop out, but you can just tuck it back into place (usually). The car may very well be held together with superglue by the time you make it to 150k-200k miles. I’d definitely recommend an overly-protective maintenance schedule. If I could do over the last 8 years, I’d learn the ins and outs of this car and keep a tight schedule on checking fluids, wear on parts, and replacing parts that need replacing. For example, you don’t want to be stuck with an alternator that unexpectedly goes out; it’s located behind one of the front wheels, so the labor in addition to the part will eat a hole in your pocket. That goes for almost any other part - a tiny car like this means the parts have been shoved into all sorts of nooks and crannies to make them fit, so getting to them will be very labor intensive. If I had patience and a few weekends and a driveway with enough space, I’d replace everything myself. This is a great car to putt around town in, or for someone who’s just getting into auto repair work. A weekender hobbyist’s car. My biggest recommendation, that I was unable to do before I got a new car, is to change the motor mounts. This car is a jackhammer, and it only gets worse with age. It will feel like the car is coming apart when it’s running in park. And it just may, if the mounts are worn enough. I’ve heard many say new motor mounts make it feel like a new car. If you’re the kind who doesn’t mind having their car jacked up every now and then, and you’re willing to learn how to listen to it and anticipate the repairs, then this is not a terrible car by any means. I would definitely NOT recommend it if you have a semi-regular commute that’s more than 3 hours one way. I made two trips that were over 4 hours in two years, and things started really going downhill immediately after the second one. She’s a sprinter, not a marathoner.


Still in love!

Bought new in 2007 and still runs and looks like new. As reliable as they get..only needed routine maintenance for 16 years. It's a simple car without much that can go wrong. Handles great, reasonably peppy and good fuel mileage. Still love it after all these years..not interested in a new car!


Moving on up in mileage! Thank you Lord

Bought my 2007 in 2011 and still driving it today (April 2023) with over 265,000 miles. Thought about trading it in in 2022 the Lord said keep driving it and I will take care of your next vehicle just like I have the last two.

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Based on the 2007 Ford Focus base trim.
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Blue
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Fords and many non-Ford vehicles up to 10 years old with less than 150,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty
Dealer certification required
139-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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