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2011 Ford Focus Review


Reliable Road Companion

A three-quarter front view of a blue 2011 Ford Focus in action

In short: A well-priced and attractive compact sedan.

Since its introduction to the global car market over ten years ago, the Ford Focus has been embraced by auto buyers for its reliability, affordability and fun, sporty demeanor. Although big changes are expected for this small car in 2012, Focus fans who can't wait will still find a solid deal in the 2011 model, which offers high-tech features like MyKey remote keyless entry and the SYNC navigation system.

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance

Base Price: $16,640

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder
Horsepower: 140 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque:136 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual

Curb weight:
2,623 lbs
Wheelbase: 102.9 in
Length/Width/Height: 175/67.9/58.6 in
Turning circle: 34.2 ft

front disc; rear drum; ABS
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; multilink independent rear; front and rear stabilizer bars

Traction: AdvanceTrac with electronic stability control

Top Speed: 80 mph (electronically limited)

EPA City:
24 mpg
EPA Highway: 35 mpg

dual-stage front airbags; all-row frontal side-impact airbags and curtain side airbags


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