Ford reworked the Focus for 2008, giving it new styling inside and out, while maintaining the same platform and basic size. The design shares a family look with Ford's other cars, distinguished by a two-bar version of the company's characteristic razor-blade grille.
The Ford Focus comes in four-door sedan and two-door coupe bodystyles (hatchback and wagon models are not available).
Ford's Sync entertainment and communications system is available on the Focus. Developed with Microsoft, Sync provides a hands-free link to cell phones and MP3 players through a series of voice commands. This system recognizes your cell phone's address book. It can even read text messages to occupants through the stereo system.
Inside, the Ford Focus is aesthetically pleasing. It looks better than the pre-2008 model, with nicer graining on the plastics that continue to dominate the cockpit.
We found the Focus handles well. We experienced lots of road feel with little body lean in corners while driving an Focus 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.
The Ford Focus has decent power for most needs, but passing on a busy two-lane road requires some space. Fuel economy is quite good, with and EPA-rated 24 mpg in the city and up to 35 mpg on the highway.
For 2010, all models in the Ford Focus lineup come standard with remote keyless entry, power door locks, a driver's message center, and MyKey. MyKey is a system that enables parents to program the car key to make their children's driving a little safer that allows to limit the vehicle's top-speed to 80mph, the programming of speed alert chimes at certain speeds, the limitation of audio system volume, and ensures the traction control cannot be turned off. Also standard on all models for 2010 is ABS and AdvanceTrac with electonic stability control (ESC).