"Best Focus yet!"5.0 starson 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.
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