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#1162 of 1324 comparison by Automobile
Aug 30, 2012 (6:39 am)
"The best driver's car here is the Ford Focus, hands down. The 2.0-liter I-4 is powerful - its 160 hp is tied with the Dart as the most powerful - and the chassis is rock-solid, which inspires confidence behind the wheel. "The supple ride quality, precise steering, and responsive brake pedal feel are all very good for a car of this class," said DeMatio. Thanks to the spot-on steering, the Focus was a breeze to wheel around town and easy to place in the middle of a highway lane, no matter how narrow or badly patched. The Ford's biggest demerit came from the company's new PowerShift dual-clutch automatic. Around town, the PowerShift is clunky and hesitant between shifts, and often hunts for the right gear at low speeds. Once on the highway (and in sixth gear), it's fine but overdrive gives little passing power. Thankfully, downshifts at speed are smooth and unobtrusive."
Read more: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/driven/1208_2012_2013_compact_sedan_compari- son/viewall.html#ixzz252XJPseM
& the Elantra doesn't really belong in this league, not even close:
"When our testing started, we expected the Elantra to rank highly here -- at first, the ride was comfortable and the Elantra felt like an ideal commuter car. The more time we spent with the Hyundai, though, the more its wallowy ride on the highway, its poorly controlled body motions in the twisties, and harsh impacts on broken roads worked against it. Sessions also noted that "the steering lacks feel and is rather numb." Everyone came away unimpressed with the Elantra's" dynamics."
#1163 of 1324 Dissapointed in Ford
Sep 01, 2012 (11:49 am)
I checked the build list for a 2013 Focus and the sport pkg is gone!!??? What the He.. is Ford thinking?? The sport pkg with the two tone seats/nickel trim pieces inside, 16" wheels ect.. is one reason I chose the Focus. First year and Ford starts to decontent the Focus??? Not a good move Ford... LISTEN to the consumers and NOT the bean counters..
Focus is set to unseat the Corolla as #1 seller. I cannot believe people even buy the Corolla still. Its whole drive train is antiquated, styling is blah, interior is a joke.
#1164 of 1324 Re: Dissapointed in Ford [cannon3]
Sep 01, 2012 (6:15 pm)
Did you also notice they made the manual tranny available on the Titanium? That's the opposite of decontenting.
#1165 of 1324 Re: Dissapointed in Ford [akirby]
Sep 01, 2012 (7:51 pm)
This is interesting. Will this "option to delete" the dreaded automatic tranny lower the cost of the Titanium model by a thousand or more ?
#1167 of 1324 Re: Dissapointed in Ford [cannon3]
Sep 01, 2012 (8:43 pm)
I have a 2012 Ford Focus with sport pack. There are NO 16" wheels on it.
There are 18" summer performance tires.
#1168 of 1324 Re: Dissapointed in Ford [gogogodzilla]
Sep 02, 2012 (4:35 am)
If you have 18" wheels you do not have the "sport" package, which comes only with the SE trim. You have the "handling" package which comes only with the Titanium trim.
#1169 of 1324 Re: Dissapointed in Ford [cannon3]
Sep 02, 2012 (4:43 am)
The Sport Package on the SE is being replaced by the Appearance Package which is similar but more expensive since it forces you to get leather seats.
I wouldn't call that decontenting, but there is some decontenting going on for '13: the rain sensing wipers, universal garage door opener and 1 or 2 other things are gone.
#1170 of 1324 Cloth is sportier [kam327]
Sep 02, 2012 (5:29 am)
Leather slips, & that defeats the purpose of holding you in place. Having additional side bolsters to compensate will make ingress/egress inconvenient plus more wear, not to mention hotter sweatier during summer.
Anyway, I think the new Focus holds the road well enough even w/ only 16" wheels. The only equipment I like to add is ST's Recaro seats, which I sat the LA Autoshow & wouldn't leave
The truly sporty Toyota GT86 (Scion FR-S) only come w/ cloth seats in the U.S.
#1171 of 1324 transmission is horrible
Sep 10, 2012 (6:15 pm)
the transmission on this car has a mind of its own it stays reving when you let off the gas bucks allot like a stick shift and when you drive slowly to save gas it has zero acceleration power and rolls back on hills