2008 Ford Focus

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46 reviews
Available Price Range $2,900-$9,320 Trims6 Combined MPG 29 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2008 Ford Focus

Our Take

Ford's popular Focus compact car has been spruced up for 2008 with new styling inside and out. A new two-door coupe has been added to the lineup, too, but only the coupe and sedan models will ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Audio display screen too far from system's buttons
  • More-powerful engine no longer offered

Notable Features

  • Restyled inside and out for 2008
  • New coupe version
  • Selectable ambient lighting available
  • Available only as sedan and coupe


Our Expert Reviews

Sync is state-of-the-art voice-recognition technology, a fully integrated in-car communications and entertainment system for mobile phones and media players.Ford is the only place to get the system so sophisticated that it hints vehicles will bow at consumer electronics confabs rather than auto shows.Besides accessing the old cell phone or MP3--by genre, album, artist or and song title--Sync al... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.2 out of 5

Based on 46 reviews

Ford Focus

by rms from Georgia on August 10, 2011

I bought this 2008 vehicle from an individual. The car was in great shape when we bought it and has run great since. The gas mileage is the biggest plus for me. The one thing I don't understand is why... Read Full Review

6 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

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Ford Focus S

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Ford Focus S

Overall Rollover Rating
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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.


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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