The Focus comes in sedan and four-door hatchback styles. Buyers can choose between a five-speed manual and a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual. The Focus boasts attractive styling and a artisan designed interior crafted with premium materials. The fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine is fast and gentle and the suspension delivers above average handling and a tasteful ride.
Available in three trim levels, S, SE and Titanium the Focus comes with a wide variety of cutting-edge technology options such as PowerShift® Automatic Six-Speed Transmission With SelectShift®. This feature gives the driver the experience of the control of a manual transmission without the difficulty of properly timing a clutch. The Selectshift simply allows gear changing with the push of a button.
The integrated Electric Power-Assisted Steering, also known by the acronym "EPAS," responds to driver inputs to provide responsive handling and control. Using pull drift responsive technology to constantly gauge the driver's steering instructions, this system evolves and reacts to changing road conditions and then pre-plans for minute directional shifts caused by unforeseen hazards such as uneven road surfaces or crosswinds thereby giving the driver more exacting steering which leads to more aggressive tuning of the torque steer compensation, allowing acceleration while still maintaining grip on roads with nasty uneven surfaces.
Another great new technological feature is the AdvanceTrac® Electronic Stability Control or "ESC" for short. The AdvanceTrac ESC gives boosted driver confidence as it provides enhanced driver control. Both AdvanceTrac ESC and the well loved Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) are standard on each trim level of Ford Focus. This system fully monitors road conditions and driver response, then adjusts engine power and applies ABS to help keep all the wheels firmly touching the ground.
The Active Park Assist system is perfect to simplify tricky parallel parking situations. All it takes is to activate the APA while driving slowly near parking spots and it will scan for available parking spots using ultrasonic sensors to automatically and accurately measure the distance between the curb and other parked cars. Once the system has located a large enough spot the driver is told to stop and then accept the system's assistance by simply controlling the shifting, accelerating, and braking while the system masterfully calculates the angle and distance, this can be a real life saver for anyone who has needs to find a parking spot in the city.
The 2nd generation Ford Focus was available in either Coupe or Sedan until the 2011 model year. For buyers who are interested in the coupe style we do recommend checking out a used 2010 SE or SES. Used Focus Sedan buyers can choose between S, SE, SES and leather-lined SEL trim levels. The 2010 edition is the first year where stability control was standard, prior to that year it was an optional feature, so if you're looking at an earlier edition be sure to check that it was present.
This generation offers solid and reliable transportation with a few notable perks such as the available Sync system which is a customizable media system that allows the driver to use a "Push to Talk" button on the steering wheel that is compatible with a Bluetooth equipped phone for hands free speaking. Buyers agree that this generation has a pleasant driving experience along with excellent fuel economy. One of the main exterior styling changes from the first generation is a new grille that matches Ford's other vehicles more closely.
The Ford Focus debuted in 2000 with three body styles the two-door hatchback (ZX3), the sedan (ZX4) and the wagon (ZXW). A four-door hatchback (ZX5)was added to the line-up in 2002, along with the popular SVT Focus hatchback from 2002 until 2004. Wagon and Hatchback models were discontinued in 2007, so if you're looking for a used Focus Hatchback the last model year to find is a 2007 until it's return in 2012. The Focus won Edmund's Editors' Most Wanted award designations from 2000-'03.