The U.S. Focus was reworked in 2005. New for 2007 were optional interior trims, two exterior colors, upgraded sound systems, and a powertrain warranty extension to 5 years/100,000 miles...
The U.S. Focus was reworked in 2005. New for 2007 were optional interior trims, two exterior colors, upgraded sound systems, and a powertrain warranty extension to 5 years/100,000 miles. The SE wagon is the midlevel wagon, which is the wagon's base level.
The standard engine is a 2.0-liter, dohc, 16-valve inline four producing 136 hp, unless you live in California, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, or Maine, then you get the super-clean 2.0-liter 130 hp four-cylinder. A 5-speed manual is standard with a 4-speed automatic optional. Reviewers found the Focus wagon to be a relatively economical car - EPA rating 23/31 mpg with the automatic transmission and 24/33 mpg with the manual.
The SES trim adds fog lamps, a tach, 6-CD player, a leather-wrapped, tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, and 16-inch alloy wheels to the SE trim. Reviewers unanimously find the Focus a fun car to drive. The base engine is adequate for normal driving. The ride is smooth and handling above average. Quick and responsive steering gives good road feedback. According to reviewers, the handling is decidedly European in firmness and response.
As befits a compact economy car, the interior has a "clean and stylish look" with a well-arranged dashboard with clearly labeled controls and easy to read instruments. Generously padded seats, front and back, are comfortable with three-point seat belts for five in the roomy interior. The rear seats are 60/40-spilt folding. The wagon affords 73.7 cubic feet, better than most small SUVs. Some reviews complained of "unimpressive" material quality, though Consumer Guide found "good cabin materials and workmanship for the price."
Standard safety features are a bit of disappointment with no back seat head restraints, side-impact airbags, ABS or traction control on the base trim levels. Front disc/rear drum brake is standard. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration awarded four stars in the frontal test and three and a half in side tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests without side airbags resulted in the worst "Poor" rating and a median "Acceptable" rating for rear impacts.
Reviewers regard the Focus wagon as an inexpensive, but dated, fun car for the daily commute and hauling.