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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 426 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

solid, dependable transportation

By on Friday, February 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 175,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"was leery at first about buying Ford, but Chevy and Mopar let me down one too many times. Was glad I bought this car, the only problem I ever had was an a/c problem (evaporator) at about 140,000 miles."

car runs smooth, gets good gas mileage and comfort

By on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Riding comfort, mpg, appearance outside and in"

Cons: "Not for large people"

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

can carry 5 people comfortably

"Even though it comes with a 4-cylinder engine it has great p/u and go. Has alloy wheels and tires only have 5,000 miles on them. When you put the 2 back seats down you have a large space for cargo. Automatic with o/d, Sirius radio connections, keyless entry, power windows/locks/side mirrors. Smooth ride and over 30 mpg on freeway driving. ABS breaks and front and side air bags. new floor mats. Tilt steering and a/c"

can carry 5 people comfortably

One of the best vehicles I ever owned

By on Friday, February 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

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: "Love to drive this car"

Cons: "Nothing bad about this car"

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

"Beautiful red color with tan interior. Heated front seats which feel really nice on the back in cold weather. Gets 31 miles to the gallon on gas. Has had all its check-ups and oil changes at the proper times and has a new set of tires on it. This is a one owner car which I bought after my daughter wrecked my 2000 Ford Focus Station Wagon. I loved that car too. The Focus is a good car."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Top notch little car, excellent value.

By on Thursday, February 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great mileage, good value, reliable, good handling"

Cons: "a little noisy"

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

"I purchased this car new for about $12,000 in april 2008. I bought it for commuting to work and running errands. The car has been absolutely problem free. The original Hankook tires were replaced at 41,000 miles and the battery was replaced after 6 years. Other than that the car has been trouble free. The gas mileage has been terrific, 38 mpg highway is pretty common. The car handles and drives very well. It has quite adequate power for highway driving. We took it on a vacation trip out west last summer and even with the mountain driving it still got 36.5 mpg overall on this 4,000 mile trip. My only complaint would be that the interior noise is a little loud at times, not real bad, but a little annoying."

Made extremely cheap, but was great price

By on Friday, February 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Comfortable, good gas mileage"

Cons: "Made very cheaply."

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

"Made extremely cheap, but was great price For a college student. Not a big car, hard to fit groceries in the back. Not made for tall people either."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

I loved this car... at first

By on Monday, February 02, 2015

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

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "good gas mileage, good price"

Cons: "terrible quality, constant repairs"

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

"The quality did not stand up to the ford name, I took good care of this car and within a year of owning it all of the interior paneling and steering wheel buttons began to come off in a way that made them very difficult to repair. At 80,000 it needed a new transmission. Overall disappointed and very frustrated I will not be purchasing another focus."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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