Tuesday, October 23, 2012

First Drive: Ford Focus Sedan

The Ford Focus came out in 1998 as the successor to the Ford Escort. The Focus is now on its third generation, released in 2011.The Focus is compact sedan that is available as a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback. It has a front-engine, front-wheel drive layout. The Focus I test drove was white and came with a 2.0L I4 engine, paired with a six-speed semi-automatic transmission, that produces 160 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque. The Focus can go from 0 to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds and has a limited top speed of 122 mph.

The Focus has a stylish exterior and a comfortable interior for a compact sedan. The Focus has a sleek profile. For an American compact sedan, the car has a very aggressive styling.  I had plenty of room behind the wheel. Since this is a compact sedan, there is not much leg room in the rear. I also liked that there are audio controls on the steering wheel.

The Focus has a solid ride quality. The Focus drove smoothly, I could barely feel the bumps when I drove over the speed bumps. The drive was very quiet. Steering was very responsive. The car responded well when I pressed the accelerator and brake pedals. The car drove well on both the roads and the highways. For a compact sedan, the car has some zip to it. The car handled inclines and declines well.

Overall, the Focus is a good compact car. The car has some zip to it. The car was very comfortable to drive. I like the sleek styling of the third-generation Focus. Previous generations of the Focus lacked the sleek body lines. However, this is a compact sedan and most compact sedans lack leg and head room for rear passengers. This is true for the Focus. If you want a compact sedan with good styling and above average performance and drives smoothly, then the Focus is for you.

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