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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 1980 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

F/an O/f R/eliable D/rive !

By on Monday, April 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Peppy pick up, fun 5 speed, great gas mileage."

Cons: "Faulty ignition, ignition lock, electrical funk."

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

"I love my Focus ZTS ! It's been 12 years with this one (had another Focus SE for 3 years prior, too!). Because I have always maintained it, it has been a pleasure to drive. After many years and only 90K on it, I only got stuck and towed once - for a faulty ignition lock which prevented me turning on the engine (a mighty important detail that Ford refused to recall even with thousands of complaints. Cost me $400 to fix....) That said, it is still the most dependable ride I have ever owned. Living in the Northeast, it has been through many a rock salt winter, but the minimal rust that started has been quelled by using a rustoleum paint - before it rusted through. I have always paid careful attention to detailing and upkeep of the exterior and interior. I would highly recommend anyone buying a car to get one with leather seats. There is NO comparison to cloth - it holds up, no stains or odor build up and will look like new for years (with a little maintenance ). Because it is still in such wonderful condition and still getting 25 - 33 mpg, I plan to keep it and maintain it as long as the benefits outweigh the cost of repairs. After 12 years, it still pays to have collision on it!!!!! The only way I would ever buy a used car is if I could find one like mine that has been loved and cared for. Have all my receipts of repair, and when the time comes, I will be very sad to let this car go! Best car I've ever had (and I've had many - I'm 60 !) :)"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

FANTASTIC CAR

By on Friday, April 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great gas milage, great features"

Cons: "FORD STOPPED MAKING 2 door vehicles, esp this one!"

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

"I purchased new, & today 4/15/2015, it has 96,000 mls on it & still, RUNS SOUND. Got me through years & a lot of snowy storm miles, No rattles, no oil leaks, no engine problems. KEY: REGULAR MAINTENANCE & OIL CHANGES & DON'T BEAT YOUR CARS. I would have bought another one, for a 2nd family car, but they stopped making 2 door hatch like this, so I opted to rebuy the ranger truck, and they stopped making that as well! SORRY FORD, but I had to move onto someone else for a 2nd family vehicle! My advice, get back to making the 2 best vehicles you ever produced & I'll come back."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Excellent Commuter

By on Monday, April 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "great price, fun to drive, compact, easy to fix"

Cons: "poor interior design, no power, no torque"

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

"This car gets excellent gas mileage and never quits. However it is extremely basic, and a little confined - it feels that the design of the console was an afterthought and drinks often topple out of the cup holders under the pedals while I drive. It is an excellent and dependable little car if you are a first time buyer or on a tight budget like I was. I bought it used in 2013 so it was already over a 100,000 miles. I will say it is a lot more fun to drive than most four cylinders, but just don't expect to get anywhere fast if your driving up a large hill."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great if you are on a budget

By on Tuesday, April 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "cheap, fun to drive (in SES or AT trim)"

Cons: "cheap interior plastics, unconfortable front seats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Purchased this car at a dealer in Canada two years ago for 5500 with 100,000kms on the odometer. Since then I've had to replace the battery, front brake pads and rotors, and the tires. I really hated this car due to the road noise and rattles. I actually resorted to wearing ear plugs! Recently I sprayed rubberized undercarriage spray under the car and under the hood. So far it's helped tremendously in regards to the road noise! This thing is soooo much quieter than before. These cars have a silly design where they placed the alternator at the BACK of the engine, directly above the exhaust manifold. As a result it places a huge strain on the electrics and will result in premature alternator and battery failure."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

I like it a lot

By on Thursday, April 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Its cute"

Cons: "None shes perfect"

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

"This car makes you feel like you are walking on sunshine whoaaao. It feels pretty good. Drives great."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Love My Focus

By on Wednesday, April 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 183,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Amazing in snow, peppy engine with the manual..fun"

Cons: "Not many, just need to move on to a larger vehicle"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"It has been a great reliable car and always felt safe in it. Driving a manual I had far more control and access to power..fun to drive. Surprisingly roomy for a small car."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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