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The 2009 Ford Focus goes a long way toward making up for its other flaws with its tech-heavy features list, which is about as good as it gets in the economy car segment.

Standard features vary quite a bit according to trim level on the 2009 Ford Focus lineup. Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the base S model is a very stripped-down vehicle, though by the time you get up to the SEL trim, the 2009 Ford Focus comes together quite well. Edmunds notes that the base S includes "air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, cloth upholstery, front bucket seats, center console, split folding rear seat, AM/FM/CD/MP3 player, digital-media player connection, tachometer, rear defogger [and] intermittent wipers." Moving up to the Ford Focus SE brings "power mirrors (sedan), heated power mirrors (coupe)," and full power accessories, along with satellite radio, according to Consumer Guide. For the top-end Ford Focus 2009 models, Kelley Blue Book says that "moving up to the SES and SEL adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise control switchgear, upgraded interior trim, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, fog lamps and the slick SYNC in-car communications system." SYNC earns high marks from reviewers, with Cars.com reporting that it "allows drivers to integrate their MP3 players and Bluetooth-enabled phones into the system so they can use just one button and voice prompts to play their music or use their cell phone. It can even read text messages aloud."

The 2009 Ford Focus offers a surprising number of interior comfort and convenience features for an economy car.

In addition to the standard features, the Ford Focus 2009 lineup offers a lengthy list of options. One of the more appealing features for the Ford Focus is the upgraded stereo, which Cars.com says "showed a lot of range—rock, rap, and pop all sounded good—and was a surprise in an entry-level car." Kelley Blue Book reports that the 2009 Ford Focus "SE offers the Driver's Group Package (cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel with auxiliary audio controls, electrochromatic rear-view mirror) and the Moon and Tune Package (power moonroof and audiophile sound system with six-disc CD/MP3 changer)." One less appealing option for the Ford Focus 2009, according to Car and Driver, "is the ambient interior lighting, which allows the driver to select the color of footwell and cup-holder lighting—this option would be tacky in a limousine."

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