Available in 10 pleasing colors and starting at just $18,300 MSRP, at first glance – and second for that matter – the 2012 Ford Fusion is a tough competitor to beat. The innovative exterior design causes the Focus to resemble more of a crossover coupe/wagon than anything else. The engineers at Ford went above and beyond expectations, as far as exterior looks are concerned. A newly redesigned grill gives the 2012 Focus some of the recognition it deserves; of course outward appearance is just a small fraction of what to consider when buying a new car.
The 2012 Ford Focus has been reengineered with a new-and-improved chassis as well as a new suspension, a newly engineered corner assist system that directs torque where you have the most traction. The new sport-tuned suspension offers consumers responsive handling, due to a control blade rear suspension and a rear-stabilizer bar. Available with the Focus is the Titanium Handling Package, which includes a sport-tuned suspension and 18” alloy wheels. Ford has also included responsive and innovative technology, such as their all-new Torque Vectoring Control, allowing the vehicle to evenly distribute torque to suit various driving conditions, automatically. Every 2012 Focus comes standard with an AdvanceTrac stability control system, utilizing anti-lock brakes. The Electronic Power Assist Steering automatically adjusts the car for the driver’s natural tendency to shift position in the lane, keeping your vehicle safe, sound and secure in its lane.
This 5-seat, front-wheel drive sedan comes in three optional transmissions. The first is a 5-speed manual tranny, available on the S and SE models. Next, is a 6-speed automatic, also available on the S and SE models. Lastly, Ford offers a 6-speed automatic transmission, with SelectShift available as an option on all models. All this is powered either by a 2.0-liter Ti-VCT GDI I-4 engine, or a 2.0-liter Ti-VCT GDI I-4 PZEV engine, depending on the model you choose. The 2012 Focus gets up to 160 horsepower and 146 torque at 4450 RPM. The shocks are a hydraulic-gas system, that makes for one of the smoothest rides on the road today.
The interior of the 2012 Ford Focus makes for a very stylish and comfortable ride, so long as you’re not a passenger in the backseat. Compared to other cars in its class, the Focus has one of the worst rear legroom capacity. However, since this seems to be one of the only negatives about this ride, don’t let that turn you off. The cargo capacity is also fairly menial, at just 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space. Able to contain 12.4 gallons of fuel, the 2012 Focus will give you a wallet-saving 36 MPG highway and 26 MPG in-town. The 6-standard airbags and high crash-test-safety ratings should provide potential consumers with the peace of mind, to know they bought not only an efficient and productive ride, but a highly safe one at that. Test drive a 2012 Focus at your local Ford dealer today. You might just write off your old impression of Ford.