Sync lets users easily control and personalize their electronic devices in their vehicle. My complaints are few and don't affect the performance and reliability. Frontal impact scores rated a top score of Good, but neither side- nor rear-impact tests have been done. Unfortunately, Ford has done little with the car since then to keep it in contention with the strong import players in its segment. My mileage just around town, is 28. Front disc brakes and rear drum.
We put 70k more miles? Improvements to steering and handling were accomplished by increasing the size of the front stabilizer bar for both the 15- and 16-inch tire packages, as well as detailed tuning of the shock absorbers to optimize the ride and handling balance. This car is great with a great price. At the top center of. Most music players connected to a car might let you shuffle. The overall package is simply more inviting. After repairs were done under warranty, the vehicle seems trouble-free. The system includes dual-deployment front air bags, energy absorbing safety belts, load limiting retractors and pretensioners, all which will help to create one of the safest cabins in its segment.
New Climate Control System is lighter, quieter and more efficient The 2008 Focus has an all-new climate control system that is more efficient with improved cooling and heating performance. Headroom is still good in Focuses that do have it. The Sync system is also a standout feature, bringing hands-free phone and wireless music functions into a price class where it hasn't otherwise been offered. Gas mileage is very good considering it not a hybrid. The Focus is the first model to offer Sync, a feature co-developed by Ford and Microsoft that allows mobile phones and media players to interface with the car's audio display, allowing users to use the vehicle's sound system controls and displays to access music and phone functions. Have had many compliments on vehicle as a whole. For instance, the automatic transmission final drive ratio decreased from 3.
The basic suspension features an independent front suspension with MacPherson struts and an independent multilink design in back. Sync is also the only automotive application that offers full hands-free, voice-activated command and control over portable music players and storage devices. The only powertrain on the Focus is the 2. One could argue that this major update was too long in coming. Exterior The previous Ford Focus came in two- and four-door hatchback designs, as well as sedan and traditional wagon versions.
Exterior The previous Ford Focus came in two- and four-door hatchback designs, as well as sedan and traditional wagon versions. The overall look is solid and more substantial. Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags Wheelbase 103 in. The area of the back seat is darkened to the point of using a flash light to retrieve articles from the back seat and floor. Ford has simplified the Focus range and now offers only a traditional sedan and two-door coupe; gone are the hatchback and wagon.
Ford replaced a lot of sheet metal on the new Focus, but the overall effect looks like a patch job. A new cloth pattern is available for 2008 while the leather trimmed seats feature contrast stitching for an added touch of craftsmanship. All music played through Sync is high-resolution digital quality. The only minor issue I have. However, stability control — which the government will mandate on all cars in 2012 — is not even available as an option. Focus is the first in this segment to offer ambient lighting as a factory installed option.
The 2008 Focus is also expected to have a retuned suspension for a softer ride, and also a new braking system with aluminum components--discs in front and drums in back. After repairs were done under warranty, the vehicle seems trouble-free. I compared to a Mazdaspeed3 and found the Focus not as quick, but much more refined. But these elements are about all that's similar between the 2007 and 2008 models. Compacts from Mazda and Toyota also add to a competitive landscape that is quite daunting.
Overall, I thought it was a good deal. The driver side curtain and side thorax airbags deployed during the crash. In its transformation, the Focus went from a few body styles to just two—sedan and coupe—and in the process, it lost a lot of its handsome lines. I've got almost 113,000 miles on this car. Almost every aspect is improved, and the striking, winged dashboard draws the eyes immediately.