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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
7.8
Out of 10

Based on 1987 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

great car

By on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"a great car never no major problems [ recalled twice new rear brakes and ignition lock both replaced and loaner given] didnt cost a arm and a leg to maintain and good gas mileage"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great Car

By on Thursday, May 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 210,000

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 value"

Cons: "Electronic radio controls"

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

"Bought this new, has been fantastic in terms of reliability, still has original clutch and rear brakes. Cost of ownership has been less than $1000 dollars over the 13 years I have owned the car including routine maintenance. Will never sell due to the fact that it is worth more to me than I would get out of it. I would from the east coast to the west coast tomorrow. No rust, has been in only two winters since purchase."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

GOT MY MONEY'S WORTH OUT OF THIS ONE.

By on Wednesday, May 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,088

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "HOLDS 4-5, PLUS BACK SEATS LET DOWN TO XTEND TRUNK"

Cons: "LOW FRONT END, SO B CAREFUL OF CURBS/PARKING STOPS"

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

"THIS CAR HAS STOOD THE TEST OF TIME. BOUGHT IT BRAND NEW, AND AFTER 13+ YEARS, IT STILL FEELS & LOOKS LIKE I JUST DROVE IT OFF THE LOT. WITH ONLY 78K MILES, I'M HOPING TO GET PLENTY MORE YEARS OF TRAVEL. GO FORD!!!!!!!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Nice car with poor gas mileage

By on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Nice ride, easy to get in and out, easy to load"

Cons: "Gas mileage"

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

"The car is a nice hatchback, it drives well, and it's been reliable. The main downside is the gas mileage. For city driving, we usually get between 20-22 MPG. I would expect a lot better for a small car. We have a '97 Corolla that gets 30-32 MPG doing the same driving."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

This 2004 car was dependable & error free.

By on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great value. Inexpensive to run."

Cons: "The ride could be smoother."

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

"This car was repair free & economical to run. It was the first Ford I bought and it won't be my last!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

No complaints!

By on Sunday, April 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 263,000

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: "Economical on gas & repairs, SO much fun to drive!"

Cons: "I have no complaints!"

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

"I bought this car used in 2005. It had a little less than 10k miles on it and I often wonder still--why was it traded in?I have driven this car over 250k miles--i have never had a tune up, never had a spark plug replaced. At 195k the transmission went out and I had a rebuilt installed. At about 240k miles, the original starter went out. I had a rebuilt installed. I have replaced tires, and most recently a front wheel bearing and a rear wheel bearing. I continue to get regular oil changes (every 3k miles usually) and rotate my tires. I am so thankful for this car and thank God daily for keeping me safe while driving it back and forth to work 5 days a week, 120 miles round trip daily! Great car!"

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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