Vehicle Overview

Introduced for 2001, the European-designed Focus quickly displaced the Escort as Ford’s top-selling passenger car. It quickly ranked second in company sales behind the midsize Taurus. The front-wheel-drive compact comes as a four-door sedan, a two-door ZX3 or a four-door ZX5 hatchback, and a four-door wagon. A high-performance SVT Focus debuted for 2002.

A new 145-horsepower, 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine was introduced in 2003 for selected states, and it’s now available nationwide. For 2004, the ZX3 edition is offered with leather seats.

Standard models use a 110-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The sportier Focus editions carry either a 130-hp, 2.0-liter Zetec four-cylinder or the new 145-hp engine.

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