Friday, July 22, 2011

Ford Focus is Better than Ever

With its newest version of the Focus compact, Ford takes a bold step forward, placing it in a leading position in this key segment. 

The 2012 model year brings a redesign to the Focus, and the results are stunning. 

Ford, after much speculation (and many requests), made this new version based on the European model. One look at the new Focus, and you'll see that this was a good move.

The Focus is available as both a sedan and hatchback, and has a sporty, aggressive design that belies its status as a modestly priced compact.

Another cool thing about this Focus, though, is the fact that it does more than just look the part when it comes to sportiness.

The new 160-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine cranks out 146 pounds-feet of torque, which makes it a leader in the segment that includes the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. The engine is linked to either a five-speed manual or a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Ford has increasingly become known for its commitment to fuel economy, and as you might expect, the Focus falls right in line. EPA estimated mileage numbers are strong, at 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway with the automatic transmission and 26/36 for the stick. Also available is the Focus SE SFE, which boasts 40 mpg on the highway because of its aerodynamic tweaks and high-efficiency tires.

In addition to its sleek exterior, the Focus has a sharp, high-tech interior appearance. The materials used inside are top-notch and there is plenty of technology to perform a variety of tasks. 

Ford’s SYNC system gives you the ability to communicate with the car verbally, and the MyFord Touch technology features an eight-inch touchscreen on the center console and a customizable LCD display in the instrument panel. Buttons on the steering wheel let you control these features conveniently. 

Ford also says its list of standard and available features includes remote start, navigation system, backup camera, moonroof. The automaker says a self-park system which be available later this year.

For 2012, the Focus also debuts new airbag technology from Ford that is designed to protect against chest and rib injuries. Antilock brakes, traction control, and an electronic stability all come standard.

The Focus has a price range of around $17,000 to close to $23,000.

With the new Focus, Ford has taken a very good compact car and made it significantly better.

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