The Ford Focus I'm driving is a long-term rental car that I rented with 5000 miles on it. I've driven it 6000 more in two months, mostly on the Interstate at 80 mph. As a sportscar enthusiast and owne...
The Ford Focus I'm driving is a long-term rental car that I rented with 5000 miles on it. I've driven it 6000 more in two months, mostly on the Interstate at 80 mph. As a sportscar enthusiast and owner, I judge most daily driver cars fairly harshly, but this time I'm pleasantly impressed. The 2-liter, normally-aspirated engine is smooth and revs willingly, and the standard suspension gives me confidence to fly down the curvy, mountain interstate highway more briskly than I expected, and with automatic transmission I'm averaging 30 miles a gallon. Driven more gently, it would deliver 32+, I'm sure. A pity it has the automatic tranny. Climbing long, steep hills, it insists on downshifting to 3rd gear with just the slightest tip of the throttle. A manual transmission would be a huge plus here, where I could leave it in top gear and floor it, giving this nice engine a chance to pull up the mountain without downshifting. A pity it never gets the chance. Seats are comfortable and headroom (without a sunroof) is fine for my 6'2" height. Tachometer is provided at my trim level, probably one step up from base.
Hello, Ford! I can't believe you produce a car in 2009 without anti-lock brakes. Are you kidding me?
I'm worried about a ticking sound that comes from the engine when it is cold. Sounds like a valve lifter, but it goes away when the engine warms up.
The trunk only opens with my remote, and it doesn't have a proper handle. Squeeze your fingers between the lid and the bumper to lift it, but there's no keyhole or thumb button. Not possible with the ice that accumulates here in WV in the winter. I wish the rental company had left the owner's manual in the car. Give this trunk lid a handle and a release button, please!
So, bottom line, a very satisfying car for everyday driving, good ride, quiet, nimble around town, competent on the road, frugel on gas. Order it with a manual transmission for more fun and even better fuel economy. Order whatever trim level you must to get the antilock brakes. Order the sporty package if you want even better handling, but the standard suspension is fine for most people.
Each month I renew my rental and have the option to take a different car. I'm on my third month so far and still have the Focus. That says something, I think, coming from a guy who owns two Lotuses!