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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 419 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
    8.9/10

Great interior Design, But a bit small

By on Saturday, January 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive, prrs like a cat, good design"

Cons: "limited back seat leg room"

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

"This is a great car for going around town or to and from school, grocery store, or anything like that. I'm a teenager and I wanted a truck, but I love this car and named mine Francine. I am 6 foot 4 and I feel great in the driver seat, it has just enough leg room and head room, not the same for the back seat though. The front panel where the radio and A/C are is very well designed. I can sync my phone, change the mood lighting, and my favorite feature.... The Sun Roof! Overall great for drivers of any experience, and for tall or short drivers."

Serviceable buzz bucket

By on Sunday, January 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Never let me sit..not once"

Cons: "Buzzy. Road noise high"

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

"Sometimes annoyingly buzzy from the interior...but comfortable..easy to live with at the pumps(Ave. 28 all round driving) remarkable power for a 4-banger."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Its an ok car

By on Monday, January 05, 2015

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
5/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "bluetooth, sync by microsoft, easy to use controls"

Cons: "Road noise, lack of trunk space, bad power doors"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"The car is really noisy when traveling down the roads. Not well insulated at all. Alternators tend to go out or at least make noise, this is not uncommon from what I've been reading about the car. In the coup model the emergency brake lever is placed too close to the drives leg and tends to rub your leg a lot. It has blind spot's are really bad in the coup models. Now for the good side. very quick car accelerates very nicely gas mileage isn't Don't buy the coup model if you plan on putting anyone in the back seat no leg room at all. All in all the car isn't bad to drive as a daily car."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

love my car

By on Sunday, January 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,267

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-fun to drive"

Cons: "color choices..discontinued "natural""

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

"I have owned 3 Focus auto's in the past 13 years, and have loved every one of them and will be purchasing another this year- It handles well, it is comfortable, it is reliable and I am saving for a new one!"

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great for a highway commute

By on Tuesday, December 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,500

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
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Economical, good for highway commutes"

Cons: "Back seat lacks leg room"

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

"I've been commuting 60 miles/day with this car for nearly 4 years now. Gas mileage is great for a non-hybrid, I get 36 - 38 MPG (highway) depending on the season. It is comfortable to drive, all the controls in the right places, easy to reach the radio and heat/AC controls. The sound system and CD player are good. Soundproofing is good and heat and AC work well. Handling is good, acceleration is not that great but this is a commuter car - it's more than adequate for getting on the highway and passing. The back seat lacks leg room and has an inconvenient cup holder in the middle. The trunk is spacious for a car of this size. I have not had any issues whatsoever with the quality of this car, it runs perfectly and has never required anything other than routine maintenance."

10 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Below Average Ownership

By on Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,005

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great on Gas and plenty of room in the cabin"

Cons: "Bad service from Ford Motor Corp!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"My review of our 2009 Ford Focus SES car we purchased brand in May of 2009. Manufacturing date is April 2009 and accepted delivery with five miles on odometer. This is a fully dealership serviced car. We take very good car of our cars and follow the recommended service schedule. At 62,359 miles the transmission went out failed on the highway. Ford Motors would not stand behind the extended warranty. They (Ford Motor Corp) claimed we never changed the transmission fluid and filter at 25,000 miles! So the dealership wanted $4356.00 for a brand new transmission! We said no real fast!! Had the car towed to transmission shop and got a rebuild transmission for $1800.00 and the car runs much better. Also we slid into a curb and damaged the front rims and tires. Again Ford Motors wants $300.0 per rim. I said no and purchased a new set of better quality rims and tires for the same price!!! We like the car great on gas! Comfy too! but Ford offers bad customer relations compared to Mercedes Benz my other car. Will not purchase another Ford product!!"

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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