Ride & Handling

What the Focus lacks in power it makes up for in precision. It maintains its reputation as a solid handler with a steering wheel that has a somewhat heavy feel to it. That precise response between the steering wheel and the tires meeting the road is what you want as a driver; you always know how much input you need to change lanes or take a sharp off-ramp. You won't get lazy driving the Focus, that's for sure.

The ride seemed rough on my first drive, but after a solid week of commuting over potholed city streets and smooth, twisty roads, the Focus grew on me. It was certainly loud, with plenty of road and engine noise entering the cabin, but it didn't punish the driver in terms of ride quality.

There's also something to be said for the solid feel of the body's frame. Ford worked on making the frame more rigid for 2008, and in tight cornering there is less body lean than you'd expect. That seems to have carried over to the doors, which are also quite heavy, adding a sense of quality — even if they were hard for some of my passengers to close.

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