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2009 Ford Focus

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The 2009 Ford Focus is adding a top-line edition, and stability control is on the options list, at long last.

We've told you before about the cosmetic updates to the 2009 Focus (this PR shot, we think, is a 2008 leftover). The new trim line for the Focus adds 16-inch Euroflanged wheels, chrome door handles, chromed heated mirrors and leather heated front seats. It also comes standard with SYNC, the Bluetooth-enabled entertainment controller developed with Microsoft.

Stability control becomes an option on all Focus models this year, while SES versions get new suspension settings and new 17-inch optional wheels. The stock engine continues to be a 140-horsepower four, teamed with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. Fuel economy approaches 35 mpg on the highway, Ford says.

The 2009 Focus has a base price of $15,690 including destination.
 
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  1. This a sure value. An affordable car from the average family and for those who support american workers and an important company for our economy. Our industrial heritage.
     
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  2. $15,000 is for the base model, not the SEL. I shopped for a 2008 earlier in the year for a SEL and the price was near $18,000 quoted at invoice by a dealer.
    While the car is good, it is still below the offerings from Honda Civic, Nissan Versa and Sentra, and Mazda 3. However, it is better than Chevy Cobalt or small Chryslers and Dodges.
    By the way, the Focus is not built in the US, but in Mexico.
     
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  3. Michael, the Focus is built only in Wayne, Michigan.
     
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  4. I'm so glad that Ford now offers an SEL package. The SES limited color choices. I wish the Focus would stick with 15 inch wheels as I'm worried that the narrow sidewalls will cause a firm, harsh, ride. I also desperately miss the station wagon version of the car as I need a roomy and economical vehicle. Lack of a decent (and affordable) station wagon offering from Ford has caused me to hold off on buying a new car for as long as I can. (I currently drive a Mercury Sable station wagon). Also, the new Focus is built in the same plant in Wayne, Michigan, where they used to build Escorts (I think). The only Mexican Focus models were the ZX3 and ZX5 hatchbacks. The four-door and the former wagons were built in Michigan. In the near future, let's hope Ford wises up and brings ALL the manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.
     
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  5. My wife and I are waiting on our 2009 Focus SEL.We ordered it back in June.I bought a 07 and had that for about 7 months before I bought my present truck,and I must say the 07 SE was a hoot to drive,and of course had great gas mileage.We are trading in my wifes 06 Liberty CRD which has to be the absolute worst vehicle we've ever owned.I enjoy being on Ford's x-plan,so we are going back to all ford.As soon as they come out with either a new Ranger,or the new F 100 with the eco-tek engine,I will get one.Ford's doing good things now,I hope they don't mess it up.
     
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  6. Ford has crafted a really good product with the Focus. I'll probably always love Honda's Civic, but choosing not to buy one won't cause me sleepless nights. I purchased the SEL trim level and it has everything I could want--very comparable to Honda & Toyota's offerings if not more so. One test drive convinced me it was the ideal car. I like the handsome profile and lines. I've read retarded statements about the car looking like it's been designed by multiple departments and that it's ugly; pure horsesh*t. Accept the car on its own merits and its easy to see Ford has a winner, regardless of high gasoline prices.
     
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