2012 Ford Focus Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality
The base seats in the 2012 Ford Focus are quite good, with better support than those of most other affordable small cars. And whether you choose the sedan or hatchback, you get back seat accommodations that are virtually the same, with just enough legroom and headroom to fit even those over six feet. With the leather upholstery, there's no skimping in back; throughout they're trimmed like those of a high-end German luxury car, with exposed stitching and true bolstering for outboard occupants. You won't get mid-size comfort, but there's enough comfort back there for most six-footers.

Titanium models with the Sport package get upgraded front seats with slightly deeper bolstering, and it results in a glovelike, extremely comfortable feel. The moderately bolstered seats are snug enough to keep you from sliding around from all the grip that the excellent Michelin Pilot Sport SP3 summer performance tires could provide.

Cargo holds in the hatch and sedan are both ample with large openings, but seat-folding is a little disappointing. For one, you can't release the back seats remotely, as you can in some other vehicles; the other thing is that the back seats don't fold completely flat, and unless the front seats are slid far forward, the headrests get in the way.

Sporty yet comfortable accommodations, and the refinement of a more expensive vehicle, make the 2012 Ford Focus a standout.

The 2012 Focus is about average for the class with respect to road noise, while its engine isn't as boomy and raucous as most in this class when revved high. On boulevards and freeways, the ride is on the firm side compared to other compacts like the Cruze, Elantra, and Corolla, but not so much to be punishing.

And while at the time of posting we hadn't yet sampled production vehicles, the pre-production models we tested had a sense of solidity and hefty build quality that far surpasses that of the previous model, even if it isn't that much heavier. Doors close with a nice, satisfying thunk, and door grabs, trim, and center console all seem solidly attached.

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