The Ford Focus competes with the Honda Civic, Chevy Cobalt, Toyota Corolla, and Mazda3 among many others in the red hot small car market, and is available as both a four-door sedan and two-door coupe.
Under the hood, the 2008 Focus is fitted with an efficient 2.0 liter inline four cylinder engine rated at 140 horsepower and 136 foot pounds of torque.
The EPA gas mileage estimates for the 2008 Ford Focus come in at 24 city / 33 miles per gallon (MPG) highway, when equipped with the automatic transmission.
Over a week of driving, we easily exceeded the estimates, as we achieved a remarkable 40.1 miles per gallon on the highway in sixty to seventy degree weather, scoring 32.7 MPG combined. (The vast majority of driving was done with the air conditioning off.)
The Focus clearly rewards those who conscientiously drive with a light foot.
When the need arises to mash the throttle, the Duratec engine delivers smooth and adequate acceleration.
The Focus is a cool ride, geared towards youthful drivers of all ages. Friends will welcome the roomy (for a compact car) back seat and marvel at the color changing LED interior accent lighting.
There’s no question that the Microsoft Sync audio system is the star of the show, providing drivers with complete control over a music library without lifting a hand from the steering wheel.
The Instant MPG dashboard display provides real-time feedback on driving efficiency. With just a bit of practice, you’ll learn how to drive the Focus for the optimum fuel economy. The Instant MPG display’s digital bar graph simplifies the task … maximize the number of bars and you’ll minimize the amount of fuel used at any given moment. The more proficient you get, the more savings you’ll accumulate.
While there are nits to pick — most notably, the lack of four-wheel disc brakes and lesser performance than the European Focus — the domestic Focus remains a solid ride for the economy minded.
All-in-all, we found the Ford Focus to be an solid choice for folks in search of a reasonably priced small car with excellent mileage, trendy styling, and a very cool sound system. With the Focus, Ford is touting the MPGs along with the MP3s, and we couldn’t help but agree.
– by Daniel Gray
May 27th, 2008
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