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2011 Ford Focus

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2011 Ford Focus Review

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First introduced in 2000, the compact and fun-to-drive Ford Focus came in wagon, sedan and hatchback form. A 2008 redesign saw the Focus gain an all-new look inside and out as well as a new coupe model, but also the departure of the wagon and hatchback models. Available in S, SE, SES and SEL form, Ford hopes the 2011 Focus' combination of affordable pricing and nifty features, such as the SYNC audio system, will help lure away customers long accustomed to shopping the likes of the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.

You'll Like This Car If...

A conservative look with refined handling and plenty of cool features make the 2011 Ford Focus an appealing choice for drivers seeking a value-oriented American compact. However, it's the SYNC system that really sets it apart from all of its competitors, particularly for those who use their cars as mobile offices or entertainment centers.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Those seeking the versatility of a compact hatchback may be turned off by the trunk-only body style of the 2011 Focus Sedan.

What's New for 2011

The Focus Coupe is dropped from the lineup, leaving only the Focus Sedan. There are no other major changes for 2011.

Driving the Focus

Driving Impressions Handling has always been a Focus strong suit, and its fully independent suspension, coupled with a stiff body structure, adds even more poise and control in that department. A rear...

anti-roll bar, Euro-style chassis tuning and larger 16-inch aluminum wheels (17s on the SES) wrapped in premium Pirelli tires make the SES the standout player as the roads get twisty. Large front disc and rear drum brakes improve stopping power, and all models feature anti-lock system with traction and stability control. Generous sound proofing, an acoustic windshield and thicker side glass help to lower cabin noise levels. While not the quickest car in its class, the 2011 Focus does deliver decent gas mileage, which should please those who favor efficiency over exhilaration.

SYNC In-Car Communications System
Developed in conjunction with Microsoft, this state-of-the-art in-car hands-free cell phone and personal media player interface is remarkably functional and amazingly affordable.

Optional Leather Upholstery
Available on SES and standard on SEL models, it adds a touch of class to the interior of either the coupe or sedan.

2011 Ford Focus Details
Interior

Inside, the Focus displays functionality and tastefully applied materials. The "organic" dash contouring that made the original Focus so youth-oriented was long ago jettisoned in favor of a more traditional design, netting improved storage spaces, better-positioned controls and attractive ice-blue backlighting. Gauge faces are black on the S and white on SE, SEL and SES models, and a dash-top display graces the interior of all models. The large central accent panel, tan or black on S and SE, has an upscale brushed-nickel finish on the SES and SEL. Tall bucket seats provide good comfort and support up front, while the 60/40-split rear bench can handle two average-sized adults or three kids and adds utility to the 13.8 cubic-foot trunk.

Exterior

The 2011 Ford Focus borrows design cues from the more first-generation Edge and Fusion designs, displaying crisply-chiseled character lines and a chrome bar grille that help align it more closely with other Ford vehicles. Base S models come with 15-inch steel wheels; the SE gets alloy rims of the same size, the SEL variant move up to 16-inchers, and the SES is outfitted with 17-inch painted wheels. Chrome faux side vents add a bit of bling to the front quarter panels of SE, SES and SEL models and the top-line Focus also has body-color door handles and side mirrors and gets a subtle rear decklid spoiler.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Even the Focus S boasts a respectable basic roster of features, including high-efficiency air conditioning, a tilt steering column, dual 12-volt powerpoints and front, front-side and side-curtain airbags. It also includes an AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system with auxiliary audio input, power locks, remote keyless entry, MyKey programmable vehicle key, a five-speed manual transmission, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and traction and stability control. The SE, SES and SEL trims add power windows, power mirrors and unique alloy wheels (15-inch on SE, 16-inch on SEL and 17-inch on SES). Moving up to the SES and SEL adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise control switchgear, upgraded interior trim, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, fog lamps and the slick SYNC in-car communications system.

Optional Equipment

All models can be fitted with an electrochromic rearview mirror – with or without Homelink and compass – remote starting for cars with automatic transmission and SIRIUS Satellite Radio. The SE Rapid Spec Package adds cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel with auxiliary audio controls, electrochromic rear-view mirror and SYNC, while the SEL and SES Rapid Spec Package adds the Moon and Tune Package (power moonroof and 190-watt audiophile sound system with six-disc CD/MP3 changer, eight speakers and subwoofer). Other options include factory-installed ambient interior lighting, a four-speed automatic transmission and leather seats (optional on SES, standard on SEL).

Under the Hood

The Focus offers two variations on the existing 2.0-liter twin-cam Duratec four-cylinder engine. In Federal form, the engine makes 140 horsepower whether it's paired with the standard five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic. The "California-spec" engine, mandated in five states, makes only 132 horsepower but qualifies for Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) status. While both engines get similar fuel economy numbers in the city, the manual gearbox raises the official highway number from 34 to 35 mpg. Choosing to shift for yourself also results in a bit more spirited acceleration; but even with the automatic, any Focus can cope easily with in-town traffic, freeway on-ramps and highway travel.

2.0-liter in-line 4
140 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
136 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/35 (manual), 25/34 (automatic)

2.0-liter in-line 4
132 horsepower @ 6000 rpm (PZEV)
133 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/35 (manual), 25/34 (automatic)

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2011 Ford Focus Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 437 Ratings for the 2008 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Love him!

By on Thursday, June 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "reliable, easy to drive, excellent turn radius"

Cons: "Kind of basic/boring,"

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

"My focus' name is Flapjack and we've been together for 5 years. I am so impressed with how reliable and comfortable he is. I would definitely consider trading him in for a new model when the time comes for him to retire."

great value, dependable, gas miser

By on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

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
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "dependable, gas miser, comfortable ride"

Cons: "ride could be smoother"

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

"Very pleased with this little car. It did everything I needed. 3 hour road trips regularly and GREAT gas mileage."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

very good car

By on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 73,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Cons: "can't sell"

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

2009 focus sel

"My problem is mostly with the resale value. KBB values the car at 8400 Iv'e been trying to sell it now for 3 months and have it listed at 7000 . The only offers I get and they are few and far between is 6000 highest was 6800."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

2009 focus sel

Fast fun little car

By on Monday, April 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

This is my everyday driver.

"I am the owner of a little green 2010 ford focus se, I've enjoyed this car for about 3 years now and the only real problem I've had with it is my battery dying at a real bad time. but is to be expected with any car the battery dies. This is my "first car" so to speak but i've driven many other cares from a 1979 corvette to a 2007 chevy avalanche. I love this little car, I average about 30.5 mpg in the city which isn't bad at all it idles pretty rough but from what i understand that's a problem with all ford focuses in this model. for a 20 year old this isn't the most flashy car, but it is the most practical. Even though its a 4 cyl and doesn't have the greatest horsepower this little car gets up and goes, its outside appearance would suggest it being top heavy but thats not the case at all. Being a teenager still so to speak i do all the stupid little things teenagers do such as taking a turn at about 60 miles per hour the car had very little body roll. The interior...It's not luxury or sporty it's very basic although still too complicated for my grandparents. I never have been a fan of mint green cars or a tan interior and my car is both of these, once I got past that, I really have no serious complaints with this car. I love it! I would definitely recommend this car to a friend or relative. (I have)"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

This is my everyday driver.

Reliable, affordable, zippy, attractive

By on Thursday, April 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 170,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great value for the price, very reliable, MPGs"

Cons: "small backseat. Otherwise, no problems!"

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

"I bought my Focus right out of college, and it's seen me through my twenties. Even now, with 170,000 miles on it, I've had no major mechanical problems, and the normal wear and tear repairs I've needed have been very affordable. The fuel efficiency has been consistently excellent (I average 36 mpg with mostly highway commute driving). Although the back seat is a little small, I've been able to accommodate a rear facing convertible car seat in the rear passenger side and a booster on the rear driver's side without needing to move the front seats too far forward. The trunk is also surprisingly roomy. The design of the car is much nicer than the older Focus models--much more sleek inside and out, and with small details that add a lot of visual value. Before driving this car, I was so set against getting a Focus because I thought they looked and performed like cheap disposable cars, but I'm so glad my sales guy talked me into driving the (at the time) brand new 2008 model instead of the used 2006 Fusion that originally drew me to the dealership. I think I've gotten every penny's worth of what I spent on the car in the first place, and I'm surprised to see KBB showing it still has so much value left!"

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Love this car.

By on Tuesday, April 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,500

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "reliability, good handling, price"

Cons: "There are blind areas within the car."

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

"At 38,500,have had no problems at all. Will need tires within the next year but other than that I'm good. Excellent handling, very reliable, a little slow on take off but after that it's right up to speed."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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