Ford Focus 2009 review

The Ford Focus is one of those small cars that's fun to drive even though it doesn't have a high-horsepower engine. It gets good gas mileage, it has comfortable seats and its interior lighting looks great. So why can I only give it a partial thumbs-up? Despite the Focus' positive traits, a number of issues drag down my overall opinion of this car.

The Focus is offered in sedan and coupe body styles, and my test car was a Focus SES coupe. The starting price of this model is $17,865 but with options the as-tested price came to $20,615. To see a side-by-side comparison of the 2008 and 2009 Focus, click here.

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Windscreen wipers
Single wipe A Intermittent wipe or autowipers B Normal wipe C High speed wipe D Intermittent wipe Short wipe interval A Intermittent wipe B Long wipe interval C The rotary control can be u ...

Using cruise control
WARNING: Do not use cruise control in heavy traffic, on twisty roads or when the road surface is slippery. Switching cruise control on Note: The system is ready for you to set a speed. Sett ...

Bulbs (interior lamps) - renewal
Pre-1986 models Glove compartment lamp 1 This is simply a matter of gently pulling the bulb from its holder. Heater control illumination lamp 2 Slide the heater control levers to the top of thei ...