Pros Great ride & handling. In 800 miles have averaged over 32 mpg. Not bad from a stoplight but excellent from 50-70. Love the quality of the leather seats.
Cons The Sync system can be fun and useful, but also annoying at times. A lot of blind spots with the hatchback.
Summary Glad I got the 17" wheels. I was afraid of the handling package being too stiff. Amazing performance considering it gets such excellent gas mileage. Hoping to get used to the Sync system over time. No regrets.
Pros Great handling
Luxurious for a car in its class
Love the PowerShift transmission, though it takes a little time to learn if you didn't drive a manual before
MyFord Touch really encourages safer driving behavior by keeping hands on the wheel
Fuel economy i
Cons MyFord Touch seems a little under-powered, doesn't play as nicely with Apple products as I would like
Can seem a little underpowered if you baby the throttle
MyFord Touch website support is not the greatest
Depending on interior selection, paint choices c
Summary I recently just purchased a 2012 Ford Focus 5-door SEL 303A package and I can tell you, without a doubt, this car is gorgeous and makes you want to drive it. Let me start with explaining the negatives. Cooley is right, the touch screen is a little slow, and I definitely think Ford and Microsoft could have done a better job in powering this system with hardware that would make it more responsive, this slowness does translate to voice commands, as well, which is unfortunate. However, what the systems lacks in speed it makes up for in functionality, and (if you speak loudly), accuracy. My other gripe with the system is that for some reason, the system doesn't play as nicely with Apple products as it should. Every time I sync my iPhone, Sync needs to re-index the entire iPhone, even if I haven't added or deleted any music. For me (12 GB of music on my phone), this process takes about 40 minutes. Sometimes, my iPhone is still able to play music, while other times it's not. What's more is that after indexing has been completed, the iPhone seems to not want to display cover art anymore, so you need to restart your iPhone to get both systems behaving as they should. I should note, however, that Microsoft and Ford are aware of this issue and are working on a fix for it, though the timetable for that fix is unknown. If you're someone who frequently syncs your iDevice for music, you may be unhappy with Sync until an update is issued. As for the other cons I listed, the website support for Sync can be a little cumbersome and I think it's ridiculous that a back-up sensor was included in my package, but no backup camera is available unless you purchase the automated parking package, which I wasn't a fan of. Also, the drive is comfortable and the car has a lot of pick-up to it, but it doesn't like to stay in the lower gears, and while it's in the lower gears, it seems a little more underpowered than it should be, but if you use the PowerShift transmission, you can correct this problem yourself. My last gripe is that I wanted a particular interior (black and white leather two-tone), but I was unable to get that interior unless I picked one of five colors. Apparently, Ford was experiencing some production problems at the time, and as a result, I had to settle for flat black leather interior. This may not be your experience as Ford ramps up production, but just FYI.
As for the positives, I was able to get 34.5 MPG average right out of the gate and the range on the car hovers around 450 miles/tank, which is awesome. As I said, the transmission really can enhance the overall driving experience, particularly if you like driving a manual. The car isn't designed to be a racecar, but the transmission is a really nice touch that gives you a little bit of the sporty feel without going all-in on a sportier car. I purchased the Sony sound system, and the thing thumps. It's not going to win any loudness contests, but the subwoofer does its job quite well, and I definitely am pleased with the audio performance. MyFord Touch, for all its quirks, really is a fantastic system. It's not the fastest or the smoothest, but for its class, it is excellent, and it will only get better with upgrades over time. Furthermore, the potential that this vehicle has for reducing accidents by emphasizing that a driver keep their hands on the wheel and perform actions with their voice is excellent. I should qualify that driving on the phone, hands free or not, is still distracted driving, and I'm not endorsing that this system will reduce accidents just because you can pair your phone through Bluetooth and get calls. However, to control your GPS, iPhone, radio, and even climate without ever taking your hands or eyes off the wheel can greatly help stem distracted driving. Again, no computer system is perfect, but this system emphasizes that you tuck your phone away and let your voice do the work, not your hands and eyes. The one comment I've received from all my friends is how nice the interior (and the car, in general) looks. The leather, the accents, the lights, cockpit, touchscreen, gauges, and dials all make for a vehicle that looks much more expensive than it was. It's extremely comfortable for me, though I agree with some other reviewers that the seats could be just a little bit wider. My father commented that he felt like the seats were trying to wrap around you, so if you're one for broad, spaced-out driving, this may not be the car for you. I'm a fan of seats that hug and tuck you into the car, though, so again, take it for a test drive and see if it suits you. One thing you absolutely will notice when test-driving it, though, is how damned quiet it really is. My last car was a 2002 Escort, and I wasn't able to put any of my friends on speakerphone when I drove due to the outside/engine noise. This car is whisper quiet, which again speaks to making the car feel more luxurious than it should be for its class.
Overall, I'm exceptionally pleased with my purchase. As I said, save for a few hiccups in the computer system and a sometimes-underpowered engine, the car is phenomenal. Its fuel economy, features (for its class), looks, and just the overall driving experience really makes me happy that I ordered one. This car and the Chevy Cruze are two of the fastest-selling cars right now (dealers can't keep them in stock), and it's because for what this vehicle cost, the feature set and performance of this vehicle is tough to beat.
Pros A huge step in the right direction for Ford USA. The grill is actually attractive looking more European and the handling is tight and snappy.. The My Touch interface with Sync is a fantastic touch as well.
Cons The Navigation system lacks a little bit of detail. I am used to the Garmin Nuvis so that is where my standard is. I have also experienced the European models and they have more acceleration so again that is my standard. Ford is supposed to come out wi
Summary In summary I would give this car two thumbs up. It is a huge step in the right direction for Ford. It is a sexy little car that does not have the "compact" stigma. In the case of this car bigger is not necessarily better. Definitively take one for a test drive. Good job Ford!
Pros All the bells and whistles of the bigger luxury cars at half the price.
direct fuel injection
great 6 speed auto
Cons needs to be slightly quicker off the start
needs wider seat cushion
Pros Roomy, powerful
Cons Little slow
Summary MI Used Cars from the MI Dealers in my area recommended that I drive this one day. Well, I'm glad I did because it's sitting in my driveway now!
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