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Ford Focus, Ford, Car Buying, Future Vehicle, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
Jun 02, 2011 (12:49 am)
have to say that I'm very pleased overall with my silver 2012 SE hatch with sport pkg, particularly the stick, front seat comfort and great steering feel. No, Touch, Sync or any complaints yet. I even thought it was a great value - cost the same a similar kind of vehicle I had years ago - a 2002 Mazda MP5 and was a few thousand less than my ex 2010 Mazda 3 GT (though that one was auto).
What color of '12 Ford Focus SE hatch did you get? Is it pretty tossable in the corners? Steering is all right-the car "sticks" to the road in the twisties, eh?
And the 5-speed stick fits in to the notches easily and is it a gas to shift? Much more fun than the 6-speed automatic is to drive? Did you try the 6-speed automatic 2012 Ford Focus at all?
No, Touch, Sync or any complaints yet.
Does this mean that you don't have those electronic toys? Or that you do have them and they perform and work flawlessly?
#586 of 1316 Re: griswald... [iluvmysephia1]
Jun 02, 2011 (5:07 am)
It's silver, sticks really good, even in the wet. The car has a good sporting feel, a lot better than what you'd think for this price range. The 5 spd has a fairly short throw and feels just right, as does the clutch, both buttery smooth. I also demoed the 6 sp auto for a short 5 mile drive with 3 people on board and it seemed not bad but I didn't really put it to the test with the salesman present. I like the more active involvement with the 5 sp. It connects you closer with the car making driving more fun. If I used it as a commuter car it might be a different story though as I just drive when I want to.
Didn't get Sync or Touch and didn't play with them in the test drives so I can't comment on that. I did read several Focus test reviews saying Sync was slow, quirky and often required rebooting so I stayed clear this time round.
#587 of 1316 Re: My Touch Sync [m6user]
Jun 02, 2011 (6:10 am)
To each his own but I was the one who considers "gadgets" that require that you take your eye off the road are a safety risk. I imagine that to work the touch system you need to take your eyes off the road and your right hand off the wheel to run the menus. I assume you have to "touch" something, given the name. I move my head a lot around and check the mirrors and traffic often, quick changes that are almost automatic in driving and would have my head facing toward the passenger side every now and then but generally since my car is quiet we talk without making eye contact when there is traffic around that requires attention. It seems to me the newer cars (? due to electronic steering rather than hydraulic) are more sensitive to slight steering wheel movement and I find that I occasionally "drift" in the lane when my attention is diverted to something in the car (where are those sunglasses, etc). Even at highway speed there is lots of traffic where I drive and the convoy is moving along at 70 mph with lots of lane changes for exits, etc. Call me crazy but I like to keep my eye ahead as much as possible and my hands on the wheel. I am not suggesting tht folks with other habits be cited or arrested, to each his own, but they are the ones I am watching out for as they lean over to read or adjust the nav system and drift over toward me.
#588 of 1316 Re: My Touch Sync [pod]
Jun 02, 2011 (7:27 am)
Maybe its just me, but I don't have much interaction with my touch screen (not a Sync).
Once I'm underway either I'm scrolling through my radio pre-sets...or adjusting the volume; both from the steering wheel.
Everything else is pretty much set or on auto.
#589 of 1316 Another Euro comparison test
Jun 02, 2011 (8:36 am)
Where the Ford really scores is on driver thrills. Point the car¡¦s nose down a twisty back road and you¡¦ll discover a poised and grippy chassis. And while the steering is a little light, it¡¦s direct and allows you to guide the Focus through corners with pinpoint accuracy.
In addition, the standard torque vectoring system, which can brake individual front wheels to boost traction, serves up tremendous front-end grip.
The trade-off for this dynamic excellence is an uncomfortable ride, even on this luxurious Titanium model. At low speeds, it¡¦s firm, while on the motorway it fidgets constantly. This is a shame, because elsewhere the Ford is every bit as refined and comfortable as the Golf.
Well, still can't take the crown from the comfy-riding Golf...
http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/carreviews/grouptests/268390/peugeot_308_vs_rivals.- - html?CMP=NLC-Newsletters&uid=13175373d3a30b0aa330c8ea6a3df587
#590 of 1316 Re: Another Euro comparison test [creakid1]
Jun 02, 2011 (4:18 pm)
all hail your Golf
#591 of 1316 Daytime Running Lights
Jun 03, 2011 (8:23 am)
How is DRL activated on a 2012 Focus?
#592 of 1316 Re: Daytime Running Lights [dgg2]
Jun 03, 2011 (11:42 am)
#593 of 1316 Daytime running lights come standard...
Jun 03, 2011 (9:08 pm)
on my 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS and I like them. They blow away not having them. They don't make the car but in case you haven't looked, you're not the only driver on the road. These days.
DRL's ensure that others see you. Peeky boo.
Smart ideas come from smart manufacturers.
Oh, I'm sorry. I meant ta include Fo-Mo-Co in there. Somewhere.
#594 of 1316 Re: Daytime running lights come standard... [iluvmysephia1]
Jun 04, 2011 (1:21 am)
Next topic...power mirrors