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2012 Ford Focus Consumer Reviews

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Only car worth trading in my Acadia for

by from Texas on June 26, 2011

I was looking to downsize from my Acadia for my daily commute. Didn't think I would find a "car" that I would actually like, until I saw the 2012 Ford Focus. I purchased the SEL hatchback with Sync an...
I was looking to downsize from my Acadia for my daily commute. Didn't think I would find a "car" that I would actually like, until I saw the 2012 Ford Focus. I purchased the SEL hatchback with Sync and MyFord Touch, Sony radio, leather seats... I have to say I have been very pleased with this car. I actually get the advertised fuel estimates of 38 mpg on the highway and I'm averaging 34 mpg combined city and highway. I was concerned about the overall size of the car for a family of 4, but it's been fine. I can fit a ton of groceries in the trunk without lowering the back seats and the hatchback opens up easily and even though it doesn't close at the touch of a button like the Acadia, it has a handle on each side so you can pull it down easily to close. My Focus feels very safe on the road and handles great, especially around curves and corners. The only thing I'm not impressed with is the Sony radio, but that is because I compare it to the Bose I had in the Acadia. It may be unfair to compare the two, but the sound quality just isn't there in the Sony. Other than that, I have been extremely happy with my Focus. Love the voice commands that control just about everything from climate to cell phone to even my music from my iphone, also must add that using the voice commands on the navigation system also comes in handy while driving and I've used that feature a lot considering I get lost turning every corner! I almost forgot the MyKey feature is great also for my teenager. It's like parental controls...doesn't let them drive over 80 mph and doesn't let them operate the radio until they put their seatbelt on!!
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Who needs to change

by from Canada on October 18, 2011

Well, I am a happy driver of a new Focus 2012 SEL full loaded. I really like this car even though some people had some issues with theirs. I would like to say that most of the problems are not due to ...
Well, I am a happy driver of a new Focus 2012 SEL full loaded. I really like this car even though some people had some issues with theirs. I would like to say that most of the problems are not due to the car itself, but the lack of understanding and knowledge of what the car/its systems can do and cannot. I read a lot of comments before buying the car and after testing it thorougly I decided to go for it. And had never problems with it till now. And hopefully it will get me to 240K km like my last one. I would like to address some issues I think they don't represent the reality. And no, I am not linked to Ford nor anything else. I only love my car. 1. Some people complain about the fact that the car "rolls back when on a slope". Well, if those people read the manual of their car, they would know how to use the "hill start assist" (page 277). 2. Other people complain about the "transmission shuttering". Well, the fact is the transmission on Focus is not an automatic we are used to. It behaves different and instead of demanding it to change, change your style of driving. Push a bit harder on the gas pedal at startup and it will behave as you expect. I'd say to those who don't like to change, don't buy new technologies cars then. 3. A lot of people complain about MFT. Well, I have some news for them : MFT it is not an iPad nor Windows 7. Learn to be more calm and don't push buttons after buttons if the system doesn't respond as quick as you like. Let it the time to compile what it has to and you'll be less frustrated about it. And besides, it is only an "option". So if you don't think you'll like it, don't buy it. None of the products on the market that use vocal commands are 100% trouble free. And none of the systems on the market are compatible with everything else too. So use what is compatible to it. I am sure you'll be happier with the system. 4. Those who complain that active park assist doesn't work for the left side of the roads, read again your manual and you'll know that it can (page 289). So, all in all, I had never had any problems with my car since the day one. Yes, this Focus is a new "beast" and a new "ziggy", it has its ups and downs, but first, before complaining read at least its operating manuals. And yes, there are people that don't like to be "beta testers". I say to them, don't buy it then. Wait until the second release and you'll be less frustrated. When I bought the car, I did it knowing that maybe some problems may occure. But hey, I was lucky enough to not have any problems or better said : I learnt to use the car so that no problems occur due to my lack of knowledge. Yes, I changed a bit here and there, but hey, I do enjoy now every ride with it.
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Great car glad i bought it

by from DC on May 10, 2011

I have had my focus hatchback now for about 2 weeks and I love it. I have been researching the 2012 focus ever since i saw the new design becuase for some reason i love hatchback cars. The ford rides ...
I have had my focus hatchback now for about 2 weeks and I love it. I have been researching the 2012 focus ever since i saw the new design becuase for some reason i love hatchback cars. The ford rides smooth but as another poster said in the first few hundred miles the transmission does shift rather rough. I have an SE w/ sinc and sirius radio and the sound quality is great even with the driver side window all the way down while doing 50+. The only complaint I have about the car at the moment is that when the window is down, I can hear a slight whistle that I believe comes from the side mirror as the wind passes over it and into the car.
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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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Ford Focus 2012 SE Manual hatch: A driver's car

by from Pittsburgh, PA on October 2, 2011

Just sold my Nissan altima sedan for the slightly smaller 2012 Ford Focus SE Hatch/Manual w/Leather and option package 203a. Fantastic choice. The vehicle far surpasses its direct peers and feels like...
Just sold my Nissan altima sedan for the slightly smaller 2012 Ford Focus SE Hatch/Manual w/Leather and option package 203a. Fantastic choice. The vehicle far surpasses its direct peers and feels like a German sedan. It literally feels like it was cut from a single block of steel. The manual transmission is a great feature - and is perfectly synched with the engine. Sync - for some this is the selling point - for me it has turned out to be a great benefit I wasn't aiming for - the phone pairing works wonderfully, sirius is great, and the overall design is top notch. Ford has delivered a globally leading product that is a MUST see if you are looking at small sedans/hatch. Hyundai has done a great job of late - but they are still a notch behind this product. I don't miss the Nissan (and its terrible reliability) one bit. Good luck in your buying decision! Nick
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2012 Focus is a winner....

by from Palm Springs/Rancho Mirage, CA on September 11, 2011

I'm currently driving (as a loaner/rental) a 2012 Ford Focus SEL 5 door (hatchback). It's the "basic" SEL model with just the added moonroof. Has the SYNC, dual zone A/C and the 6 speed Auto transmiss...
I'm currently driving (as a loaner/rental) a 2012 Ford Focus SEL 5 door (hatchback). It's the "basic" SEL model with just the added moonroof. Has the SYNC, dual zone A/C and the 6 speed Auto transmission, cloth seats and all the "standard" power features. Regular car is 2008 Mazda 3 Sport 5-door (being repaired). That's the comparison for this Focus. Handles very well around town - just like My Mazda3. Sporty, confident, able. Brakes are great, steering is great, power is ... mostly great. I've heard/read people talking about the transmission "oddities"... yes, it's kind of odd and lurching when just starting out... and for some reason, it allows the car to roll at idle in gear when on a slight incline. I back into My driveway and often have to feather the gas & brakes to get in without hitting the other car. Ford needs to remedy the transmission and it's ability to roll in gear. The dual zone A/C system is great... Cools down the black interior quickly - black car, black interior, desert location - and allows a better control over temps... Somewhat finicky controls to get air flow to both the face & the feet, but once it's there, it's good. Most others have a button or a marking for bi-level. With the Focus, you have to push the button for face and the button for floor/feet. The equipment for the price is outstanding! Great sound from the stereo, easy to plug in and control the iPod (Mazda only plugs in, no controls!), excellent A/C (Mazda seems weak), all windows are one-touch up & down.... And all of this for the low $20K mark...! And the equipment you can get - even better...! There are very few cars out there in this price range where you can have leather seats (including some great dual-tone styles!), power seats, heated seats, dual zone AC and so much more. SYNC system is great... works & controls the iPod very well - although sometimes, the voice recognition isn't too great, confusing some artist names. But the stereo sounds excellent and is easy enough to operate. Some of the controls are finicky and difficult to work - too many buttons, levers, paddles, etc.. But once you learn them & get used to them - they're not so bad... But having 4 different sets of switches & buttons on the steering wheel is a bit busy and a bit much.... But, again, once you learn 'em, you'd good to go. Car is pretty solid & well put together. Have an odd on-again, gone-again rattle from the headliner - right where it opens for the roof. Not so well stuck together there, Ford. But the doors close with a solid "thunk" and most else seems tight and trouble-free. Easy to see out of - big windows and BIG mirrors make it easy to drive and see where you're going. The mirrors come with "extra" convex mirrors to really help you see.... Some changes I'd make? * Allow the sun visors to slid a bit more and to be more movable - shorter people get blinded by the sun with the limited movement. * On the Tuxedo Black exterior, the front fascia is just TOO black with the big plastic grill openings and pieces. Makes the nose look like a flat black shovel. Don't seem to notice this in other colors. * Offer some kind of body-side molding. The doors are flat and are easily marked, dented, scratched by others. A little protection would be nice. * Cruise Control - make it so that I don't have to turn the Cruise Control system on EACH and EVERY time I start the car. My 08 Mazda3, 01 Chrysler PT Cruiser - even our 94 Chrysler Town & Country have buttons to turn the Cruise Control "ON" and then buttons for Set/Coast & Resume/Accelerate. With the Focus, you MUST turn it on each time and then set the speed. And it's often easy to hit "set" again instead of "resume" * Console drink holders. Something needs to be done. With a bottled water, there's no problem. But if you get a cup of soda (with a lid), the armrest cover is always in the way and hits the lid anytime you open the armrest. And if you drink out of a "bigger" cup, forget it. Just hold it in your lap. * Parking brake handle. On the SEL, the handle is badly placed (forward and left of the gear shift). My leg is always hitting the brake handle. * Add a "bi-level" button on the A/C system for easier operation. This Ford Focus has really gotten Me to - well - focus on a possible Ford in My future. When I bought My Mazda 3, it was a the top of a short list of choices. The Focus has easily supplanted the current Mazda 3 in that list... Wow....
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This is a Focus?!

by from Cleveland OH on September 6, 2011

Ford has really upped their game this new vehicle. The new focus provides a perfect balance between being a “fun to drive” sporty car and a practical fuel-efficient vehicle. The focus is not as fun to...
Ford has really upped their game this new vehicle. The new focus provides a perfect balance between being a “fun to drive” sporty car and a practical fuel-efficient vehicle. The focus is not as fun to drive as a Mazda 3, but gets much better gas mileage. In turn, it does not get as good gas mileage as a Prius, but is much more fun to drive. The focus finds the happy medium. The handling of the car was much better than I anticipated. It holds corners well and the steering is very responsive. I recommend you get the select shift transmission which will give you the typical driving mode (for best fuel efficiency), “sport” mode and the ability to shift the gears yourself (for having fun). The interior fit and finish is truly the best in its class. When searching for a car, I looked at the Chevy Cruze, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda 3, and the Ford Focus. I did not bother with the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla for obvious reasons. The Ford Focus had the best quality interior of all not to mention the best looking. There are no squeaks or rattles to speak of. Interior space is a bit on the smaller side, especially compared to the Cruze, (somehow I felt more comfortable in the Focus) but the smaller space is worth all the extras you can get in the Focus. I got the SEL model with the MyFord Touch (MFT). Many people are having issues with the system and there are several articles and blogs about it. I had one issue trying to index music with my iPod but after a brief hiccup, it performed well. While I believe there are some legitimate issues with the system, I think that most of them are user error. And now for the most important part, the fuel mileage. City – 30; Highway – 37-38; Combined 34. Coming from a Jeep Liberty which got 17, I am a happy camper!
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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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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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Solid car

by from Chicago, IL on March 22, 2012

There are three small issues I have with this car: - The small shudder of the Powershift - The cheap steel wheels - Not being able to roll down windows in accessory mode The Powershift will take abo...
There are three small issues I have with this car: - The small shudder of the Powershift - The cheap steel wheels - Not being able to roll down windows in accessory mode The Powershift will take about half a second when you gun it to respond. It's plenty for me, as when I'm gonna do something risky, I get the power ready early just in case. Our family only has 4 cylinders, I'm used to low power. My other two gripes, cheap steelies and the window thing aren't deal breakers. They'd just be nice to have been fixed. I have a basic SE sedan (auto). They did well with the look otherwise, the sonic blue really stands out, even when dirty. It also feels more solid, the doors have that good sounding thud. The steering wheel is amazing, the controls are great, and the grips are actually very useful. Aside from that, the little details are great. The shifter has some kind of leather covering, as well as the handbrake. Looks better than the plastics of other Fords. The climate controls are also easy to adjust, though you have to remember where the adjustments are to not have to look down. I only wish I had a sunroof, or the sport package. Although, I don't really miss them. Visibility is also amazing, the windows are big enough, and the car has a trunk that doesn't extend too far out. While some people don't like the transmission, I drove it on a quick test drive and it felt good enough. You can't expect performance out of a 4 cylinder economical car that's made for fuel economy. Get the upcoming ST for that. Fuel economy for me is all over the place. Some days I'll get 39 on the stretch from picking up pizza to Target, and then 42 or 42.5 on the highway. Other days, it's as low as 23 city, 30s highway. It all depends on how you drive. It seems to respond better if you get up to speed moderately quick. Don't drive it like a grandma, that's how you get the transmission to lag sometimes. Also, last thing, I have the aux in the glovebox. Not very convenient, but at least it's there.
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