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#7 of 16 2013 Ford Focus Titanium Sedan Superb Compact Car
Feb 28, 2013 (11:21 am)
I have 650 miles on mine. My wife loves it, and she is a brand-conscious car snob, so that says a lot. Excellent car, I would echo Motor Trend and Edmunds in saying it is an extraordinary bargain. I don't know how Toyota sells a single Corolla when, for the same money, you can get a Focus that is much faster, gets much better MPG, and has in-dash navigation, a rear-view camera, heated leather seats, dual-zone climate control, and neat little features like turn signals embedded in the side-view mirrors, none of which are available on any Corolla at any trim level. Mine is very quiet in the cabin, with wind and road noise managed surprisingly well for a car this affordable. I test drove a Honda Civic and a Chevy Cruze, both of which seemed to have plenty of power for the job, but my Focus would dance circles around either, and the transmission is very smooth. Shifts where you expect it would, without a lot of fanfare. I have just three recommended improvements I would commend to Ford: 1) for about the same money, Ford could make a different version of the Continental tire standard equipment. They should go with the Extreme Contact DWS, which Tire Rack reckons is a 25% better tire than the OEM Continental ContiPro Contact. 2) I wish my gas tank was one gallon larger. Some extra range would be really nice. 3) I wish it came in brown or sand/tan. That Mocha color that is available for the 2013 Honda Civic is very attractive, and the Chevy Cruze comes in a color I think they call Gold Mist that looks super. No reason Ford couldn't provide similar offerings.
Mar 06, 2013 (1:04 pm)
I bought a Focus sedan Ti and I was at the airport and I left my keys on the car seat. Now, I'm 300 feet from the runway and my car got jammed and I was locked out as a 757 touched down.
It was 21 degrees out and the wind chill factor was 15 degrees.
Any airdales on here have any thoughts?
#9 of 16 Re: 2013 Ford Focus Titanium Sedan Superb Compact Car [two_romeo]
Mar 17, 2013 (5:05 pm)
I totally agree about the Corolla. I don't get why anyone would by a Corolla over a new Focus.
#10 of 16 Re: 2013 Ford Focus Titanium Sedan Superb Compact Car [cannon3]
Mar 17, 2013 (5:17 pm)
Absolutely agree here just wish they would change the color of the info displays in the Focus...that blueish gray is so boring...needs some color to liven the them up...very boring. Really love my '06 Civic the best but like the cockpit feeling of the Focus...it kind of surrounds the driver in a nice snug cocoon and from what I've heard, the auto tranny "learns" the drivers driving style and sets the shift patterns from there. Since I've only driven a few, can not really comment on that but it is a nice ride. And I'd bet one could snag a nice one for not to bad a price with all the incentives. Still, the "old" Corolla still sells in record numbers and the new one due out soon should be a real winner...it has to be in order to compete with the newer models coming out.
#11 of 16 SE sport package
Mar 21, 2013 (10:00 am)
For 2013, did Ford remove the suspension tweaks for the sport package on the SE? It was included on the 2012s but don't see it listed in the package details now.
#12 of 16 Re: 2013 Ford Focus Titanium Sedan Superb Compact Car [sandman_6472]
Mar 22, 2013 (7:26 am)
I have a Focus Ti Tuxedo Black and I'm afraid to drive it due to all the horror stories on Kelly's Blue Book consumer reviews.
Read starting from lowest to the highest and I think you'll get the real picture.
#13 of 16 Re: 2013 Ford Focus [derfokus]
May 16, 2013 (12:29 pm)
See my Edmunds review. This is our second Focus, the last in 2000 which we still own, which is a dream and has been zero headache whatsoever. This new one has a lot going for it in the style, headroom (we're a tall family) and zip areas, but drawbacks in the ride, trans and cloth seat staining. Trans is the biggest problem.
#14 of 16 Re: 2013 Ford Focus Titanium Sedan Superb Compact Car [puffinalong]
May 16, 2013 (3:53 pm)
I'd be concerned about driving my car if something was wrong with it. Refusing to drive my car because others found something wrong with a similar model vehicle isn't something that anyone I know, including me, would do.
Note: if car purchases were completely dependent on the worst ratings given by the public, NO ONE would purchase a car from anyone.
#15 of 16 2013 Titanium hatchback
May 30, 2013 (12:13 am)
I have 2100 miles on mine now from LA drive. Go it on 96 miles but what the heck advancing the break in period. So far it has been great. We got our eye on this one 2yrs. back as a tech-loaded fun of a commuter car and still going in style. The only cons I see was the turning radius was really wide, you'll need 2 lanes from where you are making a U turn. The back has less leg room but my wife and I are small people. Some of the TSB still wasnt resolved. I've been reading a lot of transmission problems but it seems some aren't fix at all. One there is a rattling noise when you reach 1st, 2nd gears shifts then dissipates. I read on some forums that there was a fix on this which will need attention on my first oil change soon. Sometimes it lunges as well but that was probably getting use to the transmission. Other than I'm accessorizing her from Philips crystal vision ultra bulbs, bought an engine cover, weather tech floor liners. The interior is well within reach for my size and stylish. We got one with a auto parking assist, from a persistent wife who can't parallel park. Economical on gas, at $42 full tank with 100 mpg left till empty from Gilroy CA to LA. There are some features they removed from the 13 model like rain sensing wipers. But you get remote start as a standard. We got her for $24k loaded and MSRP sticker of $27k. That's our xplan and discount combined. You can't get this kind of package on any other car at the price you want.
#16 of 16 Still happy with my Focus 5 door!
May 31, 2013 (6:58 am)
Since I started this post on December 19, 2012, I have to say I still am very happy. I have 7100 miles or so now. I have that transmission rattle too sometimes, so would like to hear about the fix on the oil change.
I am averaging 30 miles per gal in May ( see fuelly.com). I have a horrific commute from SF east bay valleys to San Francisco. Not true highway miles. I Like the three tone interior as opposed to all black but the upholstery and support could be a little better.
For the price this beats the competition - for me - the Mazda 3, Subaru impreza, and VW golf. Happy driving.