For hundreds of thousands of buyers, the Ford Focus compact sedan has provided basic transportation for a decade.
The all-new European 2012 Focus is just around the corner, so we decided to take one last look at the soon-to-be-replaced 2010 model.
Our charcoal SE model came to us as a rental car with almost 26,000 miles. Rental duty is a good way to tell how well a car holds up under heavy use, and our year-old Focus did well on that count.
We racked up just under 400 miles of mixed freeway and city duty over two days in the sunny Pacific Northwest.
Given the age of its basic platform, the 2010 Focus provided surprisingly competent basic transportation without needless frills. It's hardly cutting edge design, but it's pleasant enough and a comfortable cruiser.
Overall it returned a creditable 34.2 miles per gallon, due to long smooth stretches at 75 mph. We felt the Focus was let down mostly by its nervous ride, truly astounding road roar on coarse surfaces, and its scattered...Read More »