2008 Ford Focus vs. Its Competition

2008 Ford Focus 4-door Sedan SE Angular Rear Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 Ford Focus is up against tough competition.

The 2008 Honda Civic offers great variety, such as coupe and sedan body styles and multiple powertrains, including hybrid and natural gas.

The 2009 Toyota Corolla is especially attractive in its top trim level, though less so in the base trim.

The 2008 Focus also has to compete against the Mazda3, a perennial enthusiast favorite for its handling.

Comparatively, the Hyundai Elantra and Dodge Caliber trail this pack in overall refinement and style, and without a Focus SVT model, Ford has nothing to line up against the 285-horsepower Caliber SRT4.

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Quick Specs
7.2
The 2008 Ford Focus isn’t all new, but it is an improvement, and a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000.
7.8
The 2009 Toyota Corolla has a split personality: the utilitarian base car and the slightly edgy, expensive Corolla XRS.
7.0
The Caliber has a very practical layout and quite a few innovative features to get excited about, but it's lacking in driving enjoyment or refinement--even compared to its low-priced competition.
7.6
The 2008 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have a lot of personality, but it’s the undeniable practical choice.
7.8
The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
MSRP From     
$14,395$15,350$14,965$13,970$13,895$13,010
Gas Mileage     
24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 51 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
CompactCompactMid-sizeMid-SizeCompactCompact
Style Name     
2-Door Coupe S4-Door Sedan Manual (Natl)4-Door HB SE FWD4-Door Sedan Manual GLS4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*Classic 4-Door Sedan DX Manual
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
2 Door Coupe4 Door SedanHatchback4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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