"Ford is #1!!!"on by supa8hi
Pros Ford has turned itself around and will lead the country in fuel efficient cars for our country. Wish they would get a nat gas car.!!!
Cons No Bad thing about Ford.
"Best Focus yet!"on by hypnotoad72
Pros Smooth braking
yellow turn signal lights
Cons In order of significance:
Dual clutch transmission (see summary below)
Price for certain models seems rather high
Models I looked at had plastic "dust-like fluff" over the top of the dash (why not cleaned at the factory?)
Summary I loved my 2009 Focus SES (and still do), but the 2012 Focus SEL fixed all of those nitpicks I had with the 2009...
I first tried the SEL Hatchback - really nice, but then I found out about the Premium package for the sedan at the dealer (17" wheels, parking feature that alerts you to getting close to a wall, etc.)
ABS and traction control are much-welcomed.
The Titanium series boasts every imaginable feature and is slick, but for the price a lower-end Fusion might be a better deal. It depends on your needs.
You can get a standard color, but the candy blue color ($399 addition) REALLY hits the spot. Their dark gray or black colors are the best, but this one hides the dirt better. )
17" wheels are better for traction (though 16" are better for fuel economy, so if you don't live in snowy areas, keep to the 16".)
Extended-angle side-view mirrors allow a wider viewing range. I think they're new to this model and they are welcomed, since the $2 ones you buy at the store look tacky.
Acceleration isn't perfect (the twin clutch 6-speed transmission addition, which really helps at higher speeds), but that sole nitpick isn't enough to drop any major points. (1/2, but I can only vote with single stars.) But once you get used to the 6-speed automatic with twin clutch, it'll be easier. I've been used to 4-speeds forever... granted, a TSB was put out - people who bought their Focus BEFORE 8/11 would need to go in to get the transmission reprogrammed.
The 2009 Focus had a great engine and transmission (both US-made), but I had nitpicks with the interior layout (which I grew to love, actually.) But the 2012 addresses every nitpick, and acceleration is on par with the 2009 model when all is said and done.
Note: I don't have heated seats (despite being leather) and I did read up on "MyTouch" to know to avoid it. That is the ONLY reason I am knocking off a 'reliability' point - the interface is unwieldly and clunky. The standard version with all the buttons is easier to deal with, but future generations will see touch screens be the norm.
Pros Mileage, acceleration, handling, ride quality, tech, looks
Cons Zune takes a while to index with stereo, minor early-production build issues(Since remedied)
Summary Don't let all the negitive reviews scare you off; this is a GREAT CAR. As this is an entirely new car to the US (nameplate aside) there were bound to be a few minor issues with it; I knew this going into the showroom. As an early adopter, I became a "test mouse" of sorts. The six speed DCT transmission was a bit odd and jerky at first, but after a reprogramming its smooth as silk and sporty to boot. All new Foci will come with this update so you have no need to worry. Sync works great and has probably saved my life several times; allowing me to keep my eyes on the road instead of messing with my ipod or phone. I paid about 20k for an SE with the Sirius/sync and convenience packages, no regrets, should last me 10 years if I treat it right.
Pros Good mpg, comfortable seats, decent stereo system, Sync features.
Cons Many issues with models built before July 2012. Transmission programming shifts not as smooth. Speaker on drivers door was not installed, wasnt screwed in at Factory, drivers side Window was not hung inside door. Dealer fixed these issues.
Summary Stereo with Sync is nice, makes more HD like sound. Prices
at different dealerships higher, should be more like Hyundai
you get a lot of bang for your buck without draining your wallet.
Transmission programming needs tweaked, Ford engineers should
go back to Software school. Engine shudders every few seconds
even in park or at a stop light. Downhill grade button doesnt
seem to do much at all, maybe my sloped hills arent steep enough.
With Sync system, extra speaker in middle of dash, helps with
Audio in car, side window tweeters are good. Would recommend
the SE model, 500 extra for fuel savings might not mean much but
you get a Spoiler with the price and funky wheel covers for
aerodynamic wind resistance. Rally Red is ugly, more like Orangish,
Red Metallic color much nicer. Seats are way more comfortable then
Fiesta, but the Fiesta has heated seats, mirrors for much less money, but not as much hip room when you sit in the car and pedals are much closer to dash then in the Focus.
Pros Love the mini GPS display on the instrument panel.
Cons trunk base poorly designed with handling package
GPS occasionally will not register even though I'm in open space with clear skies.
The GPS typing interface isn't streamlined; even though there is a set order to input information.
Summary "Push a button, and the Focus will begin to look for parking, although only parallel parking spots on the right side of the car" - cnet review
This is untrue, if you apply the left turn signal and then the active park assist, the vehicle searches the left side of the vehicle for parking spaces. By default it checks to the right.
Would be nice to see software for the computer to have correct voice recognition by having the user go through set phrases in order to combat accent difficulties.
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