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2012 Ford Focus

2012 Ford Focus Review

(0 Stars)  Just what the doctor ordered.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

Overview
After years of reskinning the same old Focus, Ford finally presented an all-new car, one that is as fetching as the last one was frumpy. Like the smaller Fiesta, the Focus is edgy and sporty, and it is available as either a four-door sedan or a four-door hatchback. An all-new 2.0-liter four-cylinder uses dual variable cam phasing and direct injection to produce 20 more hp than last year's engine, for a total of 160 hp. A five-speed manual transmission is available, but most buyers will likely choose the six-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shift control. The Focus handles well, with little body roll and crisp turn-in, especially when equipped with the sport package (optional on the SE and standard on Titanium models). The seats are uncommonly comfortable, and the cabin features a well-designed center stack and lots of available amenities, such as a rearview camera and Wi-Fi capability. The SFE (Super Fuel Economy) version of the Focus gets 40 mpg in highway driving. Speaking of economy, an electric Focus is set to debut soon -- in limited markets by the end of 2011, according to Ford. Pricing has yet to be announced. At the other end of the spectrum, the 250-hp Focus ST -- with a tuned version of Ford's EcoBoost four-cylinder, along with a six-speed manual, eighteen-inch wheels, a three-mode stability control program, a body kit, and more -- will go on sale sometime in 2012. These new versions of the Focus can't come a moment too soon, as compact-car sales are predicted to surpass all other segments by the end of 2012.

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