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2007 Ford Focus

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2007 Ford Focus Review

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When Ford's compact Focus replaced the venerable Escort for the 2000 model year, it was America's state-of-the-art small car. Its distinctive looks, roomy packaging, lively performance and agile, fun-to-drive handling drew critics' raves and accolades ranging from Motorweek's Best Small Car to North American Car of the Year, the latter voted by a jury of 49 North American journalists. A series of quality glitches and recalls soiled its reputation for a while but were eventually overcome. For 2007, aging but still strong, it still deserves a place on small-car shopping lists.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like your small cars lively and spirited, the Focus deserves a serious look.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If your tastes run toward the state-of-the-art, most newer compact entries offer more appealing interiors and more upscale features.

What's Significant About This Car?

Improvements for 2007 include an Interior Upgrade Package, optional leather-trimmed sport seats with contrasting inserts and an available Street Appearance Package. A single-CD player and MP3 capability are standard, while a new optional system has a six-CD changer and steering-column controls.

Driving the Focus

Driving Impressions Not a lot of fuel-efficient compact cars are much fun to drive, especially in base form. This one is, particularly with its standard five-speed manual transmission. The standard engine is...

torquey and strong, the steering precise and even the base suspension is surprisingly agile. The "enhanced" SES version can be about as entertaining on curvy roads as budget front-drivers get, and the 151-horsepower ST's performance-tuned suspension seems near race-track ready. The only chassis weakness on paper is the rear drum brakes that are standard equipment, but they did a fine job hauling our test SES three-door down from speed on twisty two-lane roads.

SES Suspension
Smoother and less harsh than the ST sedan's performance set-up, the "enhanced" suspension tune on SES models adds 16-inch wheels and a rear stabilizer bar for surprisingly good handling with European character.

Duratec Engine
The standard 2.0-liter Duratec four-cylinder engine offers excellent performance with the five-speed manual, the ST's 2.3-liter is stronger still and the 2.0-liter Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) version (for California, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine) looses little of that spirit despite emissions cleaner than some gas/electric hybrids.

2007 Ford Focus Details
Interior

Somewhat dated, the Focus interior is relatively roomy but bland and nearly monochromatic in most models. The dash and door panels are hard but nicely textured plastic, and the controls are conveniently arranged. Above the radio are dual rectangular air outlets; below it are three round climate control dials and, below them, a small open storage bin. A pair of cupholders sit ahead of the shifter between the front buckets. We found our test SES three-door's swing-up storage armrest a bit in arm's way when shifting or setting the parking brake, and the single 12-volt outlet's unattached removable cap is easily misplaced.

Exterior

The seven-year old Focus design remains relatively contemporary, especially the distinctive three-door hatchback with its pillar-mounted vertical taillamps. The three other body styles (four-door sedan, five-door hatchback and wagon—more than any competitor offers) are more conventional in looks, but all share the pleasant Focus face of a smiley mesh-pattern grille between clear-lens headlamps wrapping around the corners of the hood. Street Appearance Packages available on all but the base S model add a rear spoiler, fog lamps and body-color fascias, with a lower air deflector in front and a racy black "diffuser" insert and bright exhaust tip in back.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base Focus S comes with a five-speed manual transmission, all-season tires on 15-inch steel wheels, rear-window wiper and washer and AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio with speed-sensitive volume control. The mid-range SE adds air conditioning, keyless entry, variable-speed wipers, a front storage armrest and power windows, locks and mirrors. The sporty SES adds 16-inch alloy wheels (15-inchers on the wagon), fog lamps, sport suspension with rear stabilizer bar, cruise control, body-colored side moldings, tilt and telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel and a tachometer. The top-of-the-line ST sport sedan offers a 151-horsepower 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine, 16-inch machined-aluminum wheels, performance-tuned suspension, satin-alloy grille, power heated outside mirrors, sport bucket seats and door trim (with a choice of suede or black and red fabric inserts) and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

Optional Equipment

The relatively short Focus option list includes seat-mounted side airbags, traction control, a four-speed automatic transmission, a power moonroof, leather-covered seats, a perimeter alarm and upgraded audio with a six-disc CD changer and steering column controls. Also available on all models except the wagon are Street Appearance Packages with unique rear spoilers, fog lamps, body-color front fascias and rear bumpers, black rear diffuser inserts and a bright exhaust tip.

Under the Hood

Ford's dual-overhead-camshaft (DOHC) aluminum Duratec four-cylinder engines, without variable valve timing (VVT), are not state-of-the-art technology, yet provide competitive economy and performance at a reasonable price.

2.0-liter in-line 4
136 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
136 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/37 (manual), 27/34 (automatic)

2.0-liter in-line 4 (PZEV)
130 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
129 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/37 (manual), 27/34 (automatic)

2.3-liter in-line 4
151 horsepower @ 5750 rpm
154 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/32 (manual)

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2007 Ford Focus Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.7
Out of 10

Based on 1945 Ratings for the 2000 - 2007 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    7.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.3/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.0/10
    Styling
    8.1/10

Has been and still is an excellent auto!

By on Thursday, August 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 195,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great car...not for sale!"

Cons: "Maybe could use a tilt wheel."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Focus, which I bought new, has been a great car! Almost 200M and still doesn't use oil. I have been very religous about oil and filter changes. Have had a few minor issues...fuel pump; motor mounts; electric windows on 2 rear doors gave me problems. A/C still will freeze you out. Usually get 40-50M out of front disc brakes. Never any transmission issues (but I serviced it on time!). No car is ever trouble-free, including this one...but it's over 13 years old and still going strong! (you're right, I'm a Ford person!)"

2005 Ford Focus Hatchback SES

By on Thursday, August 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Very reliable, great gas mileage, moon roof"

Cons: "low profile tires terrible in winter"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have owned this car for 7 years. I bought it when it had 10,000 miles on it and it now has 200,000 miles on it. It runs like a top. It has never failed me. Has always started even at 25 below zero. I love the moon roof. The only thing I've had go on it is the alternator and it warned me about 5 miles ahead of time on my radio display. So I was able to get to a garage before it stalled. My only complaint about this particular car is the tires. It has low profile tires on it, which look cool, but do not last as long as I would like and the rims have become bent up after this many miles, which causes my car to shimmy a bit. New tires help for a while, but as soon as they get some wear on them, it shimmys again. Apparently regular tires cannot be put on the rims I have and I don't want to spend the money for new rims at this point. So I will live with it a couple more years. Otherwise, this car gets close to 40 mpg. The older it gets the better gas mileage I seem to get. I commute every day over 100 miles. It runs great."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

2003 ford focus SE

By on Sunday, August 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Cons: "small back seat, little leg room in back"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"Overall a good car. Had trouble with alternator and battery at 48,000 miles and it sat for a little while. it has 52,000 miles on it now. no rebuilt title. I am the second owner, Elderly woman bought in 2003 brand new, she passed away and her niece received it and then sold it to me in 2011 and I've had it ever since. it is my daily driver, only drive 40 miles a day, gets good gas mileage. handles well."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

One of the best Fords out there

By on Sunday, August 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 116,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Comfortable, great gas mileage, easy to maintain"

Cons: "Small trunk, back seats snug if you're tall"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great gas milage, I get 36hwy easily and sometimes more if I'm doing long distance driving. Driver seat is pretty comfortable and easy to find a sweet spot for comfortable driving. Back is a little snug if you're tall and the front seats are pushed all the way back. Cons: if you have large packages it's either difficult to get into back seat or trunk or they won't go in at all. Not fond of the trunk opening, it should be longer by about 6". Back seats don't fold perfectly flat. Maintenance: easy to maintain, good on gas, easy to find parts. Turns like a champ. Would keep this car but having to trade it in because new job requires I use a small SUV (Jeep Liberty is my new one)."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Love my Focus, except..

By on Thursday, August 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 107,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Mileage, interior space, ease of entry/exit"

Cons: "Poor handling on slick/snow covered roads"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Great little car, perfect for my needs. Reliable with great gas mileage. The only time I don't like it is when the roads are snow covered, icy, or even very wet. The rear end is so light, it swerves all over when I try to accelerate. Driving normal road speed under these conditions is not possible for me."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

One of my favorites!

By on Tuesday, August 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,501

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Very fun to drive, very reliable, good MPG"

Cons: "Needs more power, not a lot of tech"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

My 2001 Ford Focus ZTS

"I bought my 2001 Ford Focus ZTS brand new in late 2000. I test drove one a few months before and I really liked the way it handled and drove overall. I was worried about the few recalls the first model year (2000) had, but I bought a new 2001 anyway. I guess they worked everything out by the time I bought it because I have had zero (0!) recalls on my car. I only had one warranty issue that was resolved a long time ago and that was for warped front brake rotors. The car has been extremely reliable and very fun to drive. I only wish it had more power but the gas mileage has been great. I still love my Focus and the way the handling still makes me smile. It was a top of the line Focus back then but it doesn't have a lot of cool tech like today's cars, but I like its simplicity (less to go wrong)."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

My 2001 Ford Focus ZTS

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