The 2009 Ford Focus holds its own in crash tests, but reviews read by TheCarConnection.com still criticize the Ford Focus for not having standard ABS on even the highest trim level.
The Ford Focus offers a mixed bag of results in NHTSA crash tests. While the Ford Focus sedan earns respectable four-star ratings in both front and side impact tests, the Ford Focus coupe scores a meager three stars in the side impact category—the lowest that vehicles score currently. However, the 2009 Ford Focus coupe does earn a perfect five-star rating for front impact tests. The IIHS doesn't differentiate between body styles and awards the Ford Focus its highest possible rating, "good," for frontal offset impacts. In the IIHS side impact test, the 2009 Ford Focus earns a second-best rating of "acceptable."
As an economy car, the 2009 Ford Focus doesn't offer all of its safety features as standard equipment, even on the top-level SEL trim. However, that doesn't mean the Ford Focus is a safety slouch. Cars.com states that the Ford Focus 2009 "comes with six airbags, including standard side-impact and side curtain airbags." Unfortunately, they also find that "stability control—which the government will mandate on all cars in 2010—is not even available as an option." Consumer Guide reports that the safety-conscious can upgrade to antilock brakes for $745, an optional feature that also "includes traction control [and] antiskid system." Autoblog reviewers "bemoan anti-lock brakes being optional even on the up-level SES."
One oft-overlooked safety characteristic is driver visibility, but reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the 2009 Ford Focus offers generous sightlines. MyRide.com reviewers point out that "the view all around is very good," while the "angle of the windshield relative to the driver provides an excellent view of the road."