2008 Ford Focus
Redesigned for 2008.
By Kirk Bell, NewCarTestDrive.com
Ford has reworked the Focus for 2008, giving it new styling inside and out but maintaining the same platform and basic size.
The new design shares a family look with Ford’s other cars, distinguished by a two-bar version of the company’s characteristic razor blade-like grille.
The new, 2008 Ford Focus comes in four-door sedan and two-door coupe body styles. (Wagon and hatchback body styles are not offered.)
The big news for 2008 is the introduction of Ford’s new Sync entertainment and communications system. Developed with Microsoft, Sync provides a hands-free link to cell phones and MP3 players through a series of voice commands. It recognizes your cell phone’s address book. It can even read text messages to occupants through the stereo system. It’s an amazing system and Ford appears to be ahead of everyone else in this area.
The redesigned interior is aesthetically pleasing. It looks better than that of the outgoing model, with nicer graining on the plastics that continue to dominate the cockpit. The ambience is not luxurious but appropriate for the price. While interior noise is also down from the last model, there is still plenty of road and engine noise, which are typical of economy cars.
As in the past, the Focus handles well. We experienced lots of road feel with little body lean in corners while driving the top-line SES with its a sportier suspension. That road feel can make the ride a bit harder than some might prefer, but it isn’t harsh and we appreciated the handling response.
With 140 horsepower, the Focus has decent power for most needs, but passing on a busy two-lane road will require a lot of space. Fuel economy is quite good, with up to 24 mpg in the city and 35 on the highway.
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