2012 Ford Focus
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Thank you for doing your research! AVOID this car!

by from Buffalo, NY on October 29, 2015

I was bought this vehicle as a gift for graduating from college. I loved the vehicle and was extremely excited to have it. It had a small shutter when shifting but nothing that bothered me too much. S...
I was bought this vehicle as a gift for graduating from college. I loved the vehicle and was extremely excited to have it. It had a small shutter when shifting but nothing that bothered me too much. Soon after, I received a letter for a recall of the Transmission Control Module, and seals. I had this problem fixed twice and then one day my transmission dropped and the car stopped dead at only 70,000 miles. It was covered under warranty and was fixed but from what I have read this issue will happen again and will not be fixed for long...I am now trying to trade it in and am getting low offers because of the recall. Really wish that I would have done my research beforehand. Do not buy this car if you are looking for something bug free. Very disappointed in Ford.
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Luv My 2012 Focus

by from Maryland on July 18, 2011

I bought a 2012 Focus S about 3 weeks ago and love it. I test drove several models including the 2012 Hyundai Accent and Elantra, the Chevy Cruze Eco, Ford Fiesta, and Honda CRZ. I thought that all we...
I bought a 2012 Focus S about 3 weeks ago and love it. I test drove several models including the 2012 Hyundai Accent and Elantra, the Chevy Cruze Eco, Ford Fiesta, and Honda CRZ. I thought that all were nice cars, however when I drove the Focus, it felt responsive and sporty. When I returned to the dealer I realized that I had a grin on my face(a good sign). The 2.0 liter/ 160 hp engine is energetic and revs willingly up to the redline. It has a nice sound when accelerating but is quiet most of the time. IMO this engine is a really nice fit with the 5-speed stick. The stick has very nice shift action, and so does the clutch. The car would get better highway mileage if the manual transmission had a 6th gear. As for the body/chassis, the car feels very well put together, the doors close with a nice "thunk", and cloth seats are attractive and provide good support. Also, the car's dashboard and gauge cluster are very nice. I cannot speak about Sync as this car is not equipped with it. Fuel economy is a priority, and during the first 2 tanks I have averaged about 34 mpg in about 30/70 City/Hwy driving. This was driving fairly efficiently but with the A/C running most of the time. The 5-speed is rated at 27/36 mpg which is a bit lower than some of the competition, but the car has 15 to 18 more horsepower than the others mentioned above, and that made the difference for me. I definitely recommend this car, but if you are looking for 40 mpg or more, you should look elsewhere.
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HAs been anything, but disappointing so far.

by from Kansas Cityu, MO on April 23, 2012

The 2012 Focus has definitely blown its 2011 model-year out of the ballpark. I would not change a thing on the exterior. There are many pleasant surprises in my Focus. It is surprisingly well-put-toge...
The 2012 Focus has definitely blown its 2011 model-year out of the ballpark. I would not change a thing on the exterior. There are many pleasant surprises in my Focus. It is surprisingly well-put-together. The ride is comfortable, and suspension does a great job of absorbing the imperfections on the road. It is soft but agile. It adds fun the the sharp turns, especially if you have the 17'' wheels, which allow it to stick to the pavement. Prior to my Focus, I test drove the 2012 Civic sedan, 2011 Mazda 3 Hatch 2.5, 2012 Corolla and 2012 Sentra. Civic handled like a bowl of pudding when it came to cornering and maintaining stability on the exit ramps. Acceleration also could use some spicing up. Mazda 3 was stylish, good take-off, but not so good for my kidneys. Suspension too stiff. Corolla, well it was just a corolla, a solid economy car, with rather understated interior, and average experience overall. Great car for... (don't want to offend anyone. One word for 2012 Sentra - "Plain". One word for Focus - Wow! However, one drawback of the 2012 Focus is its rear seating space. Not too comfy when you have four adults in the vehicle. (Ford, consider adding 2 inches for the rear passengers, especially in the Hatchback!). When it come to fuel consumption, so far, I am averaging 34.5MPG, with roughly 50/50 split between city and highway. got 3,500 miles on it. I was a big Ford critic, but this little car made me rethink my point of view on American Auto Manufacturing potentials. P.S. if you want a good balance of toys and convenience, go for the SEL packing
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saved my life

by from Washington on November 25, 2013

I got my 2012 focus a year and a half ago and 42k miles ago. We were t boned by a drunk driver almost a week ago at 55mph. He ran a stop and hit the passenger side of my car doing 9000 worth of damage...
I got my 2012 focus a year and a half ago and 42k miles ago. We were t boned by a drunk driver almost a week ago at 55mph. He ran a stop and hit the passenger side of my car doing 9000 worth of damage. My focus and driving experience saved us. His truck was totaled and we spun 3 times landed 350 ft from impact. Ive never felt more safe in a vehicle, the way it handled my quick spin was amazing, we didnt even wobble to flip it stayed on the pavement. I am a proud focus owner andhave had some of the same ttransmission jssues, but they keep doi g it until its fixed! I wouldnt drive anything else! My husband survived the hit because the car is solid.
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LOVE IT

by from Fort Worth, TX on August 23, 2011

I purchased the SE Sedan in March and I love it. I'm having no issues with the SYNC system, it works every time for me. The 6 speed auto transmission takes some getting used to, if you are smooth on t...
I purchased the SE Sedan in March and I love it. I'm having no issues with the SYNC system, it works every time for me. The 6 speed auto transmission takes some getting used to, if you are smooth on the accelerator it will usually not jerk, but if are not if will jerk a little but so as to be intrusively annoying. I have gotten used to it and it does not bother me. Driving 65mph on the freeway I was getting 40.8 mpg last week which is impressive. The 160 hp is adaquate unless you just came out of a Mustang. The interior is nicely done, the seats are comfortable and well bolstered. Ihave had no maintenance issues since new and would buy another Focus,
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Yes!

by from Wilmington, Delaware on October 25, 2011

This car has been getting "best in class" reviews, and they are justified. An amazing value for $21K. Finally US manufacturers - or at least Ford - are learning not to skimp on compact cars. This room...
This car has been getting "best in class" reviews, and they are justified. An amazing value for $21K. Finally US manufacturers - or at least Ford - are learning not to skimp on compact cars. This roomy hatchback holds the road like a sports car, runs close to 30 mpg around town and 40 mpg on the highway [five speed], and has plenty of power. The SYNC system takes some configuation, but is seamless between phone, radio, Ipod, satellite, CD. Room in back for my bike with the seats down. Seats are supportive and comfortable on long trips. Quiet firm ride and very good visibility. A pleasure to drive - even on short trips. Everything works!
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So Far So Good

by from Lawrenceville, GA on July 25, 2012

Bought this car in March, downsizing a bit now that The Offspring have moved out. I was actually looking for a Mazda3 hatch with manual trans but none were available in my area. I'd read some magazine...
Bought this car in March, downsizing a bit now that The Offspring have moved out. I was actually looking for a Mazda3 hatch with manual trans but none were available in my area. I'd read some magazine reviews about the Focus, all generally very positive, so scouted out several dealerships and eventually test drove & bought a Focus SE hatch with manual. I like overall comfort & driveability, a/c is great, engine has adequate power, the electric power steering provides good feel, mileage meets expectations (around 30 in town) and in 5 months/5300 miles of driving it just lights off in the morning and runs with no issues. The manual trans is one of the best I've driven in over 40 years of driving; smooth with moderate throws, distinct gates, and a predictable clutch engagement point. A little awkward to heel & toe but not as hard as some other cars I've owned. The exterior styling, especially for the hatch, is attractive, unique, and should not look out of date in a couple years. Minus points for a Star Warsy entertainment console and some fit/finish/assembly issues around the RR passenger rubber window mouldings and what seems to be an improperly stamped hood resulting in an uneven gap along the LF fender. The 12.4 gal gas tank could be a couple gallons larger to be on par with other cars in this class but with its mileage not a big deal. I have read at length the comments by frustrated owners of cars with the DCT and MFT software; however, mine not being equipped with those I just don't have those kinds of problems. This has the potential to be a truly great car but Ford needs to address some issues that never should have made it to production.
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Know what you're buying...

by from Columbus, OH on February 22, 2014

I bought my 2012 Focus Titanium in August 2012. I love it. It handles fantastically (granted I did spring for the Handling Package), has decent power (not mind-blowing, but not boring either), and com...
I bought my 2012 Focus Titanium in August 2012. I love it. It handles fantastically (granted I did spring for the Handling Package), has decent power (not mind-blowing, but not boring either), and comes packed with tech toys. Best of all, it's rated at 37 highway and I usually get 37 going 70! I was very surprised. Many people are griping about the transmission. What most people don't understand is that a "dual clutch automated manual" and an "automatic transmission" are two very different things. Mine has been in for a clutch cleaning about 7 months ago because it started shuddering just after shifting. This has solved the problem. I have discovered that the transmission hates stop and go traffic and prolonged low-speed driving. I am not upset about this because I did proper research before buying a car and knew what I was getting. The tech toys are great fun. The Titanium gets standard MyFord Touch, Sony audio, Intelligent Access with Push-Button start, and automatic climate control. If you don't like/aren't good with techy gadgets, don't buy them and complain they don't work. The MyFord Touch has been updated twice since I bought the car and has gotten better each time. Read the directions and spend some time playing with it and you'll love it. The Sony audio is pretty good (I'm very picky about my sound systems so nothing is perfect :) ). To summarize: -The transmission is more of a manual that shifts itself than a traditional automatic. Keep this in mind while driving and it will be much better. -The tech issues (based on what I've read here) seem to be more user error than actual defects. Give it a test drive. In my opinion it outperforms the compact class by far.
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2nd Focus

by from Wisconsin on April 24, 2013

I am a long commuter. 165 miles a day. Just bought my second Ford Focus. This one was a CPO. Already getting 40 mpg (5 speed). Comfortable and low cost. I compared to Hybrids and another ten grand wil...
I am a long commuter. 165 miles a day. Just bought my second Ford Focus. This one was a CPO. Already getting 40 mpg (5 speed). Comfortable and low cost. I compared to Hybrids and another ten grand will buy a lot of gas. VERY reliable cars. Love, love, love the 'poor man's Prius"! BTW, my 2008 Focus has 190,000 miles on it and my son loves it!
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The best fuel efficient car I had

by from Jim Thorpe pa on October 4, 2011

I have a 2012 ford focus se with the sfe package And package 203a with the auto standard trans Coming from a jeep the gas mileage is outrageous I used to pay 7500 a week to 3500 in gas what a differen...
I have a 2012 ford focus se with the sfe package And package 203a with the auto standard trans Coming from a jeep the gas mileage is outrageous I used to pay 7500 a week to 3500 in gas what a difference the car shifts smooth you have to get used to the slight rolling on starting as the engine is disconnected while stopped than as you take your foot off the brake you feel the engine engage. The car is built solid no rattles or noises And the hd,sirus,sync is awesome bonus to have! I'm very happy with the sporty feel of the car in general Plenty of power with the fuel efficiency if you need more power get a mustang otherwise this is a good solid reliable car!
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