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2010 Ford Focus Consumer Reviews

4.6
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Get a 2010/2011 Focus, It's a great car.

by from Northern Illinois on June 19, 2011

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.
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Very happy so far

by from Massachusetts on June 3, 2010

I've had my Focus SE about a week now and I'm very happy with it. The engine has GREAT pick-up for a 4 cyl car. The brakes and steering are also very responsive. It's a lot of fun to drive! The gas mi...
I've had my Focus SE about a week now and I'm very happy with it. The engine has GREAT pick-up for a 4 cyl car. The brakes and steering are also very responsive. It's a lot of fun to drive! The gas mileage is great. I commute daily and I haven't had to fill the tank yet. The SYNC along with the steering wheel controls is awesome. I love not having to take my eyes off the road to play with my ipod. The SYNC isn't perfect. Sometimes it gets confused and plays the wrong song. But I would say 90% of the time it gets it right. I also like that it displays the song titles on the dash. I only have four speakers, but the sound quality is very good. The car is comfortable overall. I'm 5'6 and I noticed the roof is a lot lower than my last car (a Kia Rio). I'm comfortable but there may not be a lot of head room for anyone much taller, although the seat height is adjustable. I wish the seats had lumbar support. It's hard to see out the rear window. The head rests get in the way. I don't like backing up in this car. I would say that's my biggest complaint. The back seat doesn't have much room, and there is a cupholder that is cemented to the middle of the back row floor. You can't push it in or flip it up like in other cars to get it out of the way. I don't think five people could fit comfortably in the back for any length of time. But I mostly use the car for commuting to work and doing errands so it's not a big issue. Bottom line-I wanted a reliable, fuel efficient, reasonably priced car, along with power options and a good sound system as I spend a lot of time in my car every day. I wanted something fun to drive! This car is a beautiful red with the SYNC and moonroof, as well as all power options. I'm happy with the price I paid and I really enjoy driving it with the SYNC blasting and the moonroof down.
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Surprisingly Good

by from Lake Ronkonkoma, NY on May 21, 2010

Thought it was a good car; that's why we bought it. Turns out to be a very good car. Pleasure to drive & it handles real well. Power is good, however, a 6 speed auto would greatly improve performance....
Thought it was a good car; that's why we bought it. Turns out to be a very good car. Pleasure to drive & it handles real well. Power is good, however, a 6 speed auto would greatly improve performance. We got the SE Sedan with Sync, cruise etc. Looks very nice in cream white. Best of all, we got a good price & a $2500 rebate on top of that ... it was a steal. We looked at the foreign competition & they were thousands more. You gotta be nuts not to buy American.
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FROM 06 TO 10, FORD ALL THE WAY

by from SACRAMENTO, CA on June 1, 2010

I upgraded from from an 06 ZX4 SE TO 10 SES and although I was satisfied with my old one, I LOVE my 2010 Ford Focus SES with the premium tires, premium stereo features, moon roof and black leather int...
I upgraded from from an 06 ZX4 SE TO 10 SES and although I was satisfied with my old one, I LOVE my 2010 Ford Focus SES with the premium tires, premium stereo features, moon roof and black leather interior. I did a lot of research before purchasing and am glad I stayed with FORD. This car runs great, handles nicely and looks much more expensive than it is. Would not want to trade it in for any other car. Love the fact that I am purchasing a vehicle from a company that did not need a bail out.
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This car is amazing!

by from Houston, TX on June 27, 2010

This is the first new car I've bought and boy am I glad that I got a Focus. This thing is fast and agile. The ride is smooth and it corners really well. I can take a sharp curve at 50, no problem. The...
This is the first new car I've bought and boy am I glad that I got a Focus. This thing is fast and agile. The ride is smooth and it corners really well. I can take a sharp curve at 50, no problem. The power is more than enough to win some street races. It has good acceleration on hills or at freeway speed. One problem though is that it will redline pretty easy. The Tach redlines at 7,000 RPMs and it'll get there in a hurry. It gets about 33 MPG which is a must with todays gas prices. I've owned this car for about 7 months now and haven't had any problems. I have driven this car very hard and it doesn't seem to mind. The sound system is great and I love the SIRIUS radio. I don't really like the way it's styled on the exterior, but most people seem to like it. I love the racing type gauges in the cluster and the center instrument stack is beautiful, especially at night. The seats are very comfortable and overall, it's just a nice car. I originally wanted a Fusion but the dealer insisted that I test drive this car and I'm glad I did. It's a fully loaded, fast, and economical car at a great price.
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Beautiful Car

by from New Jersey on June 18, 2010

We leased the fully loaded showroom model, which is a big plus for this car, because some Focus' are stripped down, and don't retain their re- sell value. Leasing is also a good way to save money beca...
We leased the fully loaded showroom model, which is a big plus for this car, because some Focus' are stripped down, and don't retain their re- sell value. Leasing is also a good way to save money because the payments will be lower, alowing you to get a fully loaded, brand new car. The car handles beautifully. It is a dream to drive. It's like riding on a cloud. The all leather, interior, is smart and attractive. The sound system is superb. There is a lot of sound separation, giving you a great, crisp sonic experience. It also has the feature to attach your ipod for even more listening enjoyment. You can also synch your phone for voice command, hands free communication. I find this to be a great safety feature. Gas mileage is great. You will drive forever between fill ups. The four cylander engine is great for gas mileage, but it has the pickup of an 8 cylander. I learned this when I had to quickly get out of the way of an oncoming car. A more sluggish 4 cylander would have caused an accident. The 2010, fully loaded, Ford Focus, is the best car I've ever owned.
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Wow. This is a FORD?!

by from Orange County, CA on October 7, 2010

Ok when you have experience as a carsalesman and work directly with service shops you know which cars to stay away from and this one is a great car and does not require shop time as often as other mak...
Ok when you have experience as a carsalesman and work directly with service shops you know which cars to stay away from and this one is a great car and does not require shop time as often as other makes. I wont repeat what others have said about comfort, reliability, safety, value, etc so I will just say that if you look at the consumer reports guides and read all the reviews you can no longer look at these cars the same way again. This will be my commuter car and one day my future children's car. It's that good. Watch out, Toyota and Honda!
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Very Satisfied So Far!

by from New Mexico on September 29, 2010

I bought this car almost a week ago. While it's a little early to be reviewing things like reliability, I can say that so far I'm impressed. I initially went to my local Ford dealership NOT expecting ...
I bought this car almost a week ago. While it's a little early to be reviewing things like reliability, I can say that so far I'm impressed. I initially went to my local Ford dealership NOT expecting to be interested in anything they had, because normally I am a Toyota and Honda enthusiast... my last car was a 1996 Honda Accord with 150,000 miles and repairs were starting to come a little too often.. so I decided to shop around. Anyway, it was between this car and a 2011 Ford Fiesta. While I liked the Fiesta, it felt a little too cramped. When I test drove my Focus SE, my only complaint was that the interior was a little boring. However, after seeing all the features it had (Sync, USB adapter, auxilary input, cruise control, and a good sound system) I decided to go with the Focus rather than the Fiesta. While I don't LOVE the interior, it's definitely nothing to complain about, and when driving at night it's a lot more interesting due to the light blue lights on the speedometer, etc. The ride is really smooth. Driving long distances isn't bad at all. You can be going 75 mph and you don't feel like you're going that fast. Car can merge/pass without a problem. The only thing I have noticed is that if I suddenly have to gas it while on the highway, you can hear the engine working and the RPMs go all the way to 5. Still, my average MPG has been 35 on the highway, so I'm not complaining. The Sync system is cool but a little hard to master, especially the voice commands and navigating it with the buttons. I am slowly learning, though. Today, I was reaching empty and I put 15 dollars in my tank, and that gave me half a tank of gas. Pretty good, I'd say. I also got a $3000 rebate on this car, which made it an even better deal! I would recommend this car to others.
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Good, Solid Car for the Money

by from Westchester, NY on January 30, 2010

Having driven many cars and trucks over the past ten years, I am very impressed with my new Focus. It rides like a bigger car yet holds the turns like a small, sporty car. It feels solid and well-bui...
Having driven many cars and trucks over the past ten years, I am very impressed with my new Focus. It rides like a bigger car yet holds the turns like a small, sporty car. It feels solid and well-built overall, as have most Fords I have driven since 2000 or so. During my test drives, it was the handling and comfort that caught my attention. Once I sat down and saw the features (anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, alloy rims, spoiler, fog lamps, Sirius radio) I was getting for the money, I was sold. Closest thing I have to a complaint is, I wish it had more power. But that doesn't mean it's underpowered; I have no problems on hills or passing, just that the hot rodder in me knows the car would really take off with 20 or 30 more horses under the hood. That being said, you can't argue with 25 mpg around town and 36 mpg highway, which is what I'm getting already! Overall, I am very happy with my new Ford and expect it to enjoy it for a long time.
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Safe / Economical

by from san francisco on August 20, 2010

The gas mileage on my vehicle is probably closer to 26 miles a gallon then 35, but then again I don't spend much time following the arrow on the dash that tells me when to shift gears. The gears in th...
The gas mileage on my vehicle is probably closer to 26 miles a gallon then 35, but then again I don't spend much time following the arrow on the dash that tells me when to shift gears. The gears in this vehicle are extremely low. 4th gear is great at 35 mph! That said, the vehicle provides a lot of traction and there are a lot of hills in San Francisco, sometimes quite wet. Side styling could have used a little creativity but it's said to be able to withstand an impact. I am not happy with the way the rear end is put together, it's taking some getting used to. You can't see much of the car behind you when you are backing into a parking space. I guess I will develop a feel for it in a year.
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