2008 Ford Focus Review

2008 Ford Focus The Ford Focus isn’t all-new for 2008, despite what Ford would have you think. The platform that the “new” Focus rides on is the same one that the Focus was using back in 1998 – that’s 11 years for those of you who are counting. It wasn’t all that great back in 98,what makes Ford think it’s all that great now?

Ford did make an effort to spice up the exterior look of the new Focus. An effort that failed miserably, for the record. The grill looks unfinished of the only has two chrome bars compared to the Fusions three bars. The vents on the fender look extremely cheap rather than expensive as they were intended. The back end actually does look pretty nice for a car in this class.

The Focus is supposedly competing with the Honda civic and Mazda three, but one has to wonder if it really competes with with the Chevy Cobalt and Dodge Caliber. After all it does start at just over $14,000-a price that the Civic and Mazda 3 cannot touch. And the quality shows – the Focus, after all, is still using the ancient 4 speed automatic transmission. This is a 2008 model folks, there’s no reason to use 4 speeds anymore… especially on a “new” model. At least the Focus gets excellent fuel economy – 35 MPG on the highway from the manual. That is, of course, according to the new EPA estimates, which makes it excellent.

2008 Ford Focus Specs
  • 140 HP 2.0 liter inline 4 cylinder engine
  • 5 speed manual transmission or optional 4 speed automatic
  • Side and side curtain airbags standard
  • EPA Says: 24 MPG city / 35 MPG highway ( Manual transmission )
2008 Ford Focus Reviews

Kicking Tires reviews the 2008 Ford Focus and writes – ‘The interior made no real impression on me, apart from the fact that there are still no head restraints in the backseat — though I found it pretty accommodating back there for a coupe. The Focus hasn’t lost its remarkable steering and handling, but the shortcomings of a four-speed automatic aren’t solely on paper. I’m starting to sound like a broken record here (a scratched CD?), but any automaker that doesn’t use its redesigns and restyles to leapfrog the competition is in trouble.’

TTAC reviews the 2008 Ford Focus and writes – ‘My biggest problem with the new Ford Focus isn’t the new Ford Focus. It’s the Mazda3. For a couple grand more than the box-fresh Ford, you get coherent exterior style, a classy cabin, an adult-compatible rear compartment, a better sounding powerplant, vastly superior handling, greater residuals and an engine bay without a trace of duct tape. Considering Ford’s relationship with Mazda and their long history of badge-engineering… Oh well. I guess Ford just couldn’t admit they’ve lost Focus.’

Jalopnik reviews the 2008 Ford Focus and writes – ‘I don’t think the base model Focus is worth the money — even if Sync’s included in the SES trim and even if you consider it gets almost 35 MPG. But this may be one of those rare occasions where adding more options actually increases the value. Once you add the leather bucket seats for $695, the ambient lighting for $295, Sirius for $195 and heated seats for $115 — you’ve got a rather kitted-up car. The only problem is you’ve now got a car that’s exceeding $18K and approaching $20K. That’s a lot of money for the demographic Ford is targeting.’

Published on October 26, 2007 in Ford

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