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In order to put together this conclusive review on the new 2010 Ford Focus, TheCarConnection.com's editors researched road tests and reviews from a wide range of sources. Experts from TheCarConnection.com also drove several different 2010 Focus models, including the coupe and sedan body styles, and offer more insight and details where they help you with your own research.
- Cabin is quiet and pleasant
- Interior is well designed
- More standard safety features such as ABS on all models
- SYNC upgraded with traffic reports, turn-by-turn directions
- MyKey system great for parents
- Exterior design somewhat awkward
- Not the most dynamically accomplished car
- Coupe's backseat can be a tight squeeze
While the Focus may have been extensively refreshed in 2008, the 2010 model is still sitting on the same platform introduced back in 1999. Despite its age, the platform has proven to be a capable performer in the past for Ford, although there have been some complaints that the car could be sportier.
It's been two years since Ford's complete redesign of the Focus, but the fresh styling cues and the fantastic interior are still appealing aspects of the car—though some find the exterior design to be a little bit unconventional. One of the major criticisms of the 2008 Ford Focus was that it was aesthetically lacking, and in the case of the sedan, little was changed in between then and now to alter this image. Ford did, however, take the Coupe and redesign it in 2009. While this was an improvement on the styling front, the Focus Coupe still wasn't the prettiest compact car on the block, and this remains the case for the 2010 model.
Powering the 2010 Ford Focus are the same engines as last year's model, including the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that churns out 140 horsepower in the Focus sedan and, thanks to a new sport-tuned exhaust, 143 hp in the Focus coupe. Buyers can opt for either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed auto shifter. There is also a superclean 136-hp variant of the Duratec engine available, and in California this qualifies the Focus as a partial zero-emissions vehicle (PZEV).