NKOTB: 2009 Ford Focus SEL

August 6, 2008
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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