My 91 Taurus was on it's last leg at 230,000 miles in January 2010, so I needed a new car. Because of my location, I wanted good gas mileage, and it is primarily used to go to work. Saw this 2010 Ford...
My 91 Taurus was on it's last leg at 230,000 miles in January 2010, so I needed a new car. Because of my location, I wanted good gas mileage, and it is primarily used to go to work. Saw this 2010 Ford Focus Sangria Red SE Coupe and just had to test it. Well to shorten this review up, I will just tell you about what it can do. It has a small 2.0L engine. In the winter averages 32 mpg. After the first oil change it improves gas mileage. A little light for snow covered roads, but handles just fine as a front wheel drive car. It also helps that I have lived in Northern Illinois all my life. When you need to jump on the interstate and kick it up a notch, it responds quite well. It actual surprised me how quick it is. I drive 30 miles to work and then 30 miles back on half interstate/ half blacktop backroad and I am averaging 36 mpg combined. I drive 56 mph on anything non highway/interstate, but 5 over the posted speed limit on highway/interstate.
Now the styling is pretty good. I have a spoiler on the back with a black racing stripe on the trunk, spoiler, and hood due to the fact I want my car to look different from all the focus's out there. There are a lot. I do not care for that indent at the bottom of the trunk lid on the back. It collects water, and will probably be one of the first spots rust will show up. Fog lights are a nice thing to have. The wipers are not the best, but also not the worst I have seen.
As for the interior, I occasionally have people in the back seat, and the design of the front seats are designed in such a way that you have to use a lot of strength to slided the seat, especially on the right side, forwards to let people back there. Also, it is a nice thing to have the back seats able to fold down to haul bigger things such as big flat screen televisions. The Ford Sync is amazing for I do use those voice commands, but have still not used my bluetooth phone to talk throught the car speakers, but my Dad does. I use it for music. I'll hit the button on the steering wheel to talk, and say USB, and then the system in the car will scan the device through the USB port located in front of the shifter, and then you go from there. Here's a tip, you can use a $20 flash drive and get the music from your computer and have hundreds of songs, or you can spend all that extra money you could have saved on an IPOD. Another thing, if you don't annunciate, you may find yourself cussing out your automobile.
Definetly get the cruise control.
If this tells you anything, my father went and bought a 2011 Ford Focus SES because he occassionally was allowed to drive mine, and loved the gas mileage. He also went with 4 doors. The coupes doors are longer, and you are able to see better when getting on the interstate than in the 4 door. He also has bigger tires, and I haven't noticed much of a difference in ride quality. And to top it off, an older gentleman and his wife I used to work with bought a 2011 Ford Focus SEL after test driving it, and knowing how much I enjoyed driving mine.
So there you have it, I could go on and on, but I will stop. And there you go Ford, three focus sold, so you must be doing something right. I hope this review was helpful and good luck on either finding a vehicle or driving a Focus.