Ride & Handling

The Focus' firm ride quality is common among small cars. You'll feel bumps and cracks in the road, but the Focus isn't quite as sensitive to them as a Civic.

The payoff for this firmer ride comes in the corners, where the Focus' resistance to body roll encourages you to drive it quickly. It may not have the moves of a Mazda3, but it's still willing to play a little when you encounter curves. It's a nimble little car.

On the highway, the Focus is a comfortable cruiser. It feels stable, and that's thanks in large part to the car's steering. There's no play in the wheel and the power-steering assistance isn't excessive, which gives the wheel a heavier feel than a Mazda3's wheel. There is a notable amount of wind noise in the coupe at 65 mph, though.

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