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The 2009 Ford Focus: How You Gonna Play Us Like That?

Posted in Compact Cars, Ford by Suzanne Denbow | August 20th, 2008 | Leave a Reply |

2009 Ford Focus RS
2009 Ford Focus RS

Perhaps to punish us for all the grief we’ve given them over their small cars, in 2009 Ford will introduce the 295-hp Ford Focus RS pictured above to the European market, while we here stateside get a redesigned, fugly – to be quite frank – Ford Focus, pictured below.

2009 Ford Focus
2009 Ford Focus

For the 2009 U.S. model, the thick chrome vents of the 2008 Focus are gone, replaced with more subdued black chrome. Gaining a premium trim level in the form of the Ford Focus SEL, both the SEL and S models will only be offered in 4-dr sedan form [all other trim options, SE and SES, will be offered as either a 4-dr sedan or 2-dr coupe]. Standard on all 2009 Focus models will be a 2.0L 4 cylinder 140-hp engine with a 5-speed manual or optional 4-speed automatic transmission.

In a sort of half-assed attempt at a “sportier” feel, the 2009 Ford Focus will be offered with an optional rear spoiler and heavily-advertised new anti-skid technology – as if a Focus could ever be traveling fast enough to need it. For those who look to the Ford Focus for practicality over looks [which should be just about everyone], the 2009 Focus’ 13 gallon tank features an EPA fuel consumption average of 24mpg city/35hwy for the 5-sp manual transmission, and 24mpg city/33 hwy for the 4-sp automatic. With prices ranging from $14,091 to $16,648, the 2009 Ford Focus is an excellent choice for the fuel efficiency-concerned, looks-don’t-matter crowd…or, hippies.

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