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2008 Ford Focus Trims

S

Avg. Price: $8,759

Even though it comes with a stripped-down list of standard features, the 2008 Ford Focus S sedan still offers plenty of car for drivers on a budget. In addition to an overall redesign both inside and out, the Focus S comes with a number of new features, including Ice Blue backlighting for the instrument gauges and control knobs, six standard airbags including side-curtain airbags, a top-of-the-dash display with multifunction readouts, a single-disc CD player with an MP3 input jack and speed-sensitive volume control, and optional Sirius satellite radio.

Other standard features include a tire pressure monitoring system, air conditioning, halogen headlights, a passive antitheft system, and a tilt steering wheel. Power rack-and-pinion steering and an upgraded suspension with MacPherson struts in the front are also part of the package.

A 140-horsepower, 2.0-liter Duratec 20 inline four-cylinder engine powers the Focus S sedan. The engine has been updated to provide improved smoothness, responsiveness, and fuel efficiency. As a result, Ford notes that the 2008 Focus can achieve a maximum of 35 mpg on the highway. The engine links to either a five-speed manual transmission, which comes standard, or a four-speed automatic, available as an option.

Drivers and reviewers like the Focus's ride quality, handling, and peppy engine, although some reviewers recommend the manual shifter over the automatic transmission, noting that the automatic's downshifts are rough when pushed under aggressive driving. The Focus S also gets high marks for fuel efficiency, braking, and steering, though some find the rear seat cramped for adults. Cargo space can be limited as well, although the fold-down rear seats help provide space for larger items.

S Coupe

Avg. Price: $8,272

A new trim for 2008, the Ford Focus S coupe takes advantage of the overall Focus redesign to display its new muscular lines, flared wheel arches, and aggressive stance. It also sports a number of features that are new to the Focus lineup for 2008, including Ice Blue backlighting for the instrument gauges and control knobs, a top-of-the-dash display with multifunction readouts, an MP3 input jack for the AM/FM/CD audio system, side curtain airbags, and optional Sirius satellite radio.

The Focus S Coupe also comes with a tire pressure monitoring system, air conditioning, halogen headlights, a passive antitheft system, and a tilt steering wheel. Power rack-and-pinion steering and an upgraded suspension with MacPherson struts in the front are also part of the package. Options include the Sync, Ford's new wireless in-car, Bluetooth-compatible communications system that enables drivers to make voice-activated cellphone calls, among other functions.

A 140-horsepower, 2.0-liter Duratec 20 inline four-cylinder engine powers the Focus S Coupe. The engine has been updated to provide improved smoothness, responsiveness, and fuel efficiency. The engine links to either a five-speed manual transmission, which comes standard, or a four-speed automatic, available as an option.

When designing the Focus S Coupe, Ford's engineers sought to create a light, quick compact car with good interior comfort, aggressive driving dynamics, and a quiet, smooth ride, and most drivers and reviewers note that Ford has succeeded in doing just that. Some note that the automatic transmission can make harsh shifts under aggressive driving, and others note that the backseat can be cramped. But most agree that the Focus, with its new exterior design updates, improved interior, and new standard features, offers a good value for budget-minded drivers.

SE

Avg. Price: $9,412

With a new look both inside and out, as well as a number of new standard features, the Ford Focus SE sedan takes a big step forward for 2008, which is part of Ford's overall strategy to remain competitive in today's automative market. Ford notes that, overall, the 2008 Focus SE is 30 pounds lighter, 10 percent quieter, and has 3 percent more horsepower than the previous year's model. In addition, says Ford, the Focus SE has more safety features, better driving dynamics, and better overall fuel economy.

The Focus's improved fuel economy comes courtesy of a revised 140-horsepower, 2.0-liter Duratec 20 inline four-cylinder engine. Thanks to new air intake, cooling, and exhaust systems, the engine provides improved smoothness and responsiveness, while achieving up to 35 mpg on the highway. The engine links to either a five-speed manual transmission, which comes standard, or a four-speed automatic, available as an option.

As far as its standard features are concerned, Ford adds Ice Blue backlighting for the instrument gauges and control knobs, a top-of-the-dash display with multifunction readouts, an MP3 input jack for the AM/FM/CD audio system, and side curtain airbags to the equipment list. The Focus SE sedan also comes with a keyless entry system, power windows and door locks, and power exterior mirrors, among other features. Options include antilock brakes with traction control, leather-trimmed seats, Sirius satellite radio, and Ford's Sync, a new in-car, Bluetooth-compatible wireless communications system that enables drivers to make voice-activated cellphone calls, among other functions.

The front-wheel-drive Focus SE rides on a stiffer, "Euro-inspired" body structure and a retuned suspension, resulting in better ride quality, sharper steering, and improved handling. Eight-spoke 15-inch wheels are also part of the package. It all makes for a compact that drives and rides well, with plenty of power under the pedal, drivers note. Some reviewers point out that the automatic transmission can make harsh shifts under aggressive driving, and others note that the backseat can be cramped. But most drivers and reviewers give the Focus SE good marks overall.

SE Coupe

Avg. Price: $9,331

New for 2008, the Focus SE Coupe joins the SE Sedan in the lineup. And like the sedan, the coupe sports a fresh design both inside and out. New Ice Blue backlighting for the instrument gauges and control knobs, a top-of-the-dash display with multifunction readouts, an MP3 input jack for the AM/FM/CD audio system, and side curtain airbags all come standard in the Focus SE Coupe. It also comes with such features as a keyless entry system, power windows and door locks, and power exterior mirrors. Options include antilock brakes with traction control, leather-trimmed seats, Sirius satellite radio, and Ford's Sync, a new in-car, Bluetooth-compatible wireless communications system that enables drivers to make voice-activated cellphone calls, among other functions.

A 140-horsepower, 2.0-liter Duratec 20 inline four-cylinder engine powers the Focus SE Coupe. The engine has been updated to provide improved smoothness, responsiveness, and fuel efficiency. The engine links to either a five-speed manual transmission, which comes standard, or an optional four-speed automatic.

The front-wheel-drive Focus SE rides on a stiffer, "Euro-inspired" body structure and a retuned suspension, resulting in better ride quality, sharper steering, and improved handling. Eight-spoke 15-inch wheels are also part of the package. It all makes for a compact that that drives and rides well, with plenty of power under the pedal, drivers note. Some reviewers point out that the automatic transmission can make harsh shifts under aggressive driving, and others note that the backseat can be cramped. But most drivers and reviewers give the Focus SE Coupe good marks overall.

SES

Avg. Price: $9,594

Drivers who opt for the top-of-the-line Ford Focus SES sedan trim for 2008 might be a little surprised when they find out what's not included with the standard equipment package. Antilock brakes, for instance, must be added as optional equipment, since they don't come standard. Ford includes a leather-trimmed steering wheel as standard, but not leather-trimmed seats, which are optional. An entry-level AM/FM/CD audio system with an MP3 input jack (a new feature for 2008) must satisfy drivers, since an upgraded system with an in-dash CD changer has to be added as an option, as does Sirius satellite radio. While that might not be a problem for many drivers, it results in a high-end trim that doesn't keep up with the best from competitive models.

The 2008 Focus SES sedan does include such features as Ice Blue backlighting for the instrument gauges and control knobs, a top-of-the-dash display with multifunction readouts, and side curtain airbags, all standard throughout the line. Unique features for the SES include a four-way power-adjustable driver's seat, power heated exterior mirrors, metallic instrument panel applique, cruise control, fog lamps, a rear spoiler, and six-spoke 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels. The SES also comes standard with Ford's Sync, a wireless in-car, Bluetooth-compatible communications system that enables drivers to make voice -activated cellphone calls, among other functions.

Power comes in the form of a 2.0-liter Duratec 20 inline four-cylinder engine, which produces 140 horsepower. The engine has been updated to provide improved smoothness, responsiveness, and fuel efficiency. It links to either a five-speed manual transmission, which comes standard, or an optional four-speed automatic.

Many drivers and reviewers note that the Focus SES still offers exceptional steering and handling, which has been a mark of the compact car since its introduction. In fact, ride quality, handling, and steering have actually been improved for 2008, thanks to a stiffer, "Euro-inspired" body structure and a retuned suspension. And drivers and reviewers seem to like the new Sync system, which some feel is the 2008 Focus's best new feature. However, many reviewers have taken issue with the fact that the 2008 Ford Focus SES, which has been redesigned both inside and out, hasn't gone far enough with styling and standard equipment to keep up with its competitors. And many note that the entry-level Focus trim offers a better value.

SES Coupe

Avg. Price: $9,461

A new trim for 2008, the Ford Focus SES Coupe joins the lineup in place of the Focus hatchback and wagon, and comes equipped with a number of unique features. A leather-trimmed steering wheel, four-way power-adjustable driver's seat, power heated exterior mirrors, metallic instrument panel applique, cruise control, fog lamps, and rear spoiler all come standard with the SES Coupe. So does Ford's Sync, an in-car, Bluetooth-compatible wireless communications system that enables drivers to make voice-activated cellphone calls, among other functions.

Options include antilock brakes, leather-trimmed seats, a power moonroof, premium audio system with a six-disc CD changer, and heated seats.

A 140-horsepower, 2.0-liter Duratec 20 inline four-cylinder engine powers the Focus SES Coupe. The engine has been updated to provide improved smoothness, responsiveness, and fuel efficiency. The engine links to either a five-speed manual transmission, which comes standard, or a four-speed automatic, available as an option.

The 2008 Focus SES Coupe sports a stiffer, "Euro-inspired" body structure and a retuned suspension, which result in better ride quality, sharper steering, and improved handling. Six-spoke 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels also help provide good ride quality. On the downside, some reviewers point out that the automatic transmission can make harsh shifts under aggressive driving, and others note that the backseat can be cramped. In addition, some find the interior components to be flimsy and lacking in quality. And some note that the lack of such standard features as antilock brakes makes the Focus SES Coupe less than competitive in its automotive segment.