Ford Focus Review

For a week my photos have been kept hostage by someone known as the Apple repair man.  But fear not, with my laptop back in my possession I can now present my Ford Focus Review.

Over the Christmas break when Brad and I had to visit FOUR families for Christmas, Ford Canada was kind enough to loan us the 2012 Focus SEL Hatchback for review.  And we put a lot of kilometres on this baby in the week we had it.  Plus we were lucky (if you can call it lucky) to be able to test it out in a bunch of different weather conditions.

Artsy blogger shot …

Here’s a pros and cons list:

Thumbs UP:

  • Colour.  Ohhhh nelly this was a shiny car.  It was a very unique red, almost a poppy red.  When we were driving we saw a blue one which was literally the best colour of blue we’ve ever seen on a car.

  • Smooth ride.  The smoothest, honestly.  I rented a tonne of cars over the summer due to travelling with my job and this takes the cake for a smooth ride.
  • SYNC.  The feature that hooks your cell phone up to the car.  It was easy to do and made our long drives to see family easier since we could call them in the car or catch up with friends while we were out of town.

  • Dual temperature control.  This is a little thing that was probably my favourite part of the car.  Brad is always too warm and I am always too cold so we were each able to adjust the heat to where we wanted.  Honestly this was a little feature that made our trips WAY more comfortable.
  • Handles well in poor weather.  I got to drive it in freezing rain and Brad got to drive it in what may have been the only snow fall so far this winter.  Thankfully it handled perfectly well in both conditions during city driving and highway driving.
  • Storage.  Now remember it was a hatchback so I can only compare the storage area to other hatchbacks, I mean it’s not a mini van.  But we did get quite a bit of stuff in there.  We had lots of gifts plus our luggage.  And when we got back into town we went on a major grocery shopping trip.  That’s $200 worth of groceries.

Thumbs DOWN:

  • The windshield wipers.  First of all if you get this car you’ll want to replace them right away, the factory wipers are just not up to snuff.  Second, the wipers have a rain-sensing technology that’s supposed to help control the speed of the wipers.  This was not working well for us.  The sensor just didn’t seem to be able to comprehend the snow.  It was more of a hindrance than a help which is not what you want while driving on the highway during a snow fall.
  • Volume control.  This is nit-picky to be honest, but everyone cares about the audio stuff right?  There are too few volumes and the difference between, for example, 5 on the dial and 6 on the dial is too big.  I will say though – the sound quality is great.

Thanks again Ford Canada!

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