The Verdict

The Focus is one of the better-selling compact cars, and it's easy to see why car shoppers like it. It's an adept commuter car that gets good gas mileage but is still willing to have a little fun in the corners if you want. The cabin is comfortable for both the driver and passengers and has an eye-catching design. If you can overlook the flaws I've mentioned, maybe you'll be able to give it a full thumbs-up.

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