To put it bluntly, the 2010 Ford Focus is an aging design, up against some very tough, well-updated competition.
TheCarConnection.com recently pitted South Korea's Kia Forte against the 2010 Ford Focus and the 2010 Honda Civic, and while it was a close competition, they outperformed the Ford in certain aspects.
The Civic also offers more variety than the Focus, with multiple powertrains, including hybrid and natural gas.
The 2010 Focus also has to compete against the Mazda3, a perennial enthusiast favorite for its handling and build quality.
However, since there is no hatchback or wagon model for the Focus, the impressive Mazda3, the Toyota Matrix (which is based on the Corolla), and the Honda Fit could all present viable alternatives to the Focus.
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|2010 Ford FocusBrowse Used Listings||2010 Kia ForteBrowse Used Listings||2009 Toyota CorollaBrowse Used Listings||2008 Dodge CaliberBrowse Used Listings||2008 Hyundai ElantraBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings|
|24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|4-Door Sedan S||4-Door Sedan Manual LX||4-Door Sedan Manual (Natl)||4-Door HB SE FWD||4-Door Sedan Manual GLS||4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4dr Sdn||4 Door Sedan||Hatchback||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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