The 2011 Ford Focus is carried over with no changes — due in part to the fact that an all-new model arrives the following year. Reflecting its dated styling and platform, the Focus earns a below-average Total Car Score in the compact car category.
Among the Focus's strengths is an interior that is fairly spacious and well appointed. Both front- and rear-seat passengers will find the cabin quite comfortable while trunk space is generous. But with no telescoping steering wheel some drivers may not "fit" the car as well as others.
On the techy side, the Focus comes equipped with a feature called MyKey. Through MyKey, parents of teenage drivers can restrict the vehicle's speed to a maximum of 80 mph, keep traction control engaged, and even limit the maximum volume at which the audio system can be played. In addition to a standard USB port the Focus also offers SYNC — Ford's voice-activated interface for the entertainment system and hands-free phone use.
As for its performance, the Focus's ride and handling might be described as secure but hardly inspiring. The same can be said of its somewhat unrefined engine and transmission. The coupe version of the Focus was discontinued for this year, leaving only the sedan in 2011.
All in all, with the promise of a dynamic new version available the following year, along with so many other more appealing competitors, the 2011 Ford Focus isn't likely to make the short list for most compact car buyers.
The 2011 Ford Focus is sold as a sedan available in four trim levels: S, SE, SEL and SES.
The base S started with basic features like air conditioning, power locks, a non-telescoping steering wheel and 15-inch wheels. The SE gets power windows and satellite radio. The SEL trim includes standard heated leather front seats while the SES adds distinctive front and rear facias; both of these trims get foglamps and a sport-tuned suspension. Options like Ford's Sync system, a sunroof and Bluetooth connectivity can make the 2011 Focus feel quite luxurious.
The Focus is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 140-horsepower and 136 pound-feet or torque (a PZEV version with cleaner emissions makes 132 hp and 133 lb-ft). The engine is paired to a five-speed manual transmission on every version except the SEL, which comes equipped with a four-speed automatic that is optional in the other trims.
The 2011 Ford Focus is EPA-estimated at 24 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined for automatic models. The manual transmission raises the highway figure to 35.
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