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Compared: 2010 Kia Forte Vs. Honda Civic Vs. Ford Focus Page 2

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2009 Ford Focus

2009 Ford Focus

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Ford Focus

The basics: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 140 hp (143 hp, coupe)

Price: $15,520 and up

Fuel economy: 24/35 mpg (manual)

Rating: 7.0 out of 10

There's plenty to like in the latest edition of the Ford Focus, so long as you skip the exterior and stumble over the base trims for the more well-equipped versions.

TheCarConnection.com's car experts have driven the latest Focus all across the country. Yes, even in Detroit, where the Focus' comfortable, quiet interior acquits itself well on miserable roads. The Focus' interior is styled well, too, and features like the Bluetooth-enabled SYNC controller let you pair your phone and dial up friends and Amy Winehouse without taking your hands from the wheel. In all versions, the Focus is admirably frugal, getting 24/35 mpg with either manual or automatic transmissions.

Technology aside, the Focus is a pretty dull drive, and both coupe and sedan desperately need the kind of makeover that usually follows Ty Pennington screaming in from stage right. The Focus' sheetmetal looks choppy and dull, with clear signals that it was done hastily and at low cost. The engine's not a bad piece, but the Focus' handling has been softened and numbed considerably over the years. The back seat's far from roomy in the coupe (sedans are pretty cozy, though). The damning factor? Base cars don't have stability control standard--they don't even offer anti-lock brakes as standard equipment. That makes the Focus' appeal for first-time drivers much less obvious--or makes its real sticker price a lot higher. Overall, the Focus scores a 7.0 out of 10 from TCC's editors, hampered most by its looks and lack of some standard safety equipment.

Our Bottom Line? The 2009 Ford Focus is a solid choice if you're looking for a roomy car that rides well, with a base price that starts around $15,000, but optional ABS and stability control are major concerns.


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Comments (5)
  1. Honda and all other like Toyota are like dum i prefer ford, dodge and all american because they all are no.1 in comfortably and performance
     
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  2. this comparison stinks. the article contain errors, make apple-to-pear comparisons and has a very scewed idea of what matters and what doesnt matter, at least when it comes to car safety.
    take stability control. invented some 15 years ago in germany, it is the most important safety feature since the invention of the safety belt. reducing single-vehicle fatalities with over 30% it saves more life than airbags. the 2010 forte has this feature as standard. at $13.6k, it is by far the cheapest car ever outfitted with this expensive and important feature.
    now as for the ford focus. its beyond me why an author would compare a '10 fore with an '09 focus when the '10 focus is already on the market. anyway the '09 had stability control as an option. the '10 has it as standard. so in an apple-to-apple comparison ford and kia are equals here, although kias vehicle is significantly cheaper.
    finally, regarding the civic, for which the author claims "Safety gear is almost comprehensive--stability control is an option on base models" given the importance of stability control its questionable how a car that doesnt have it as standard can be labeled as "almost comprehensive" but it gets worse. contrary to what is claimed in this comparison, the 2010 civics STILL DOESNT OFFER STABILITY CONTROL EVEN AS AN OPTION on any of the sub 20k trims. honda has to be just about the only manufacturer on the market still denying this critical safety feature, even to a customer willing to pay extra for it. it is beyond me how an otherwise progressive manufacturer like honda can be worst in class in this regard, obviously waiting for the 2013 federal law that requires it as standard.
    anyone who would not be willing to buy a new car without safety belts logically also ought to avoid the civic like the plague, and why not boycott honda all together for this cynisim of theirs.
     
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  3. Statistically, Hondas (and Toyotas for that matter) have a much higher life expectancy than Fords, or Dodge for that matter, and I don't know much about german safety innovations, but I do know how to read a crash test report, for which the Honda Civic performs exceptionally. And it blows my mind that a Kia is even being compared to a Civic and a Focus when the Toyota Corolla is probably the biggest competitor to the Civic or the Focus. So I do, however, have to agree that apples are indeed being compared to pears (among other things).
    And no, there isn't anything fashionable about a Kia.
     
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  4. Akshay must be from south.
     
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  5. I agree wholeheartedly with the comment on stability control. But more importantly is the 5 year comprehensive warranty.For a young person or couple buying their first new car, the extra two years are huge and worth enough points to leapfrog it above the Civic.
    And I don't buy that you had to compare the Corolla instead of the Forte. More of the people that read your reviews are looking for new info and not the same info that Corolla has generated for over a decade. Keep up the good work.
     
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