out of 10

2010 Ford Focus

2010 Ford Focus

An all-new Ford Focus is on deck for the 2012 model year, making the 2011 Ford Focus the last of its generation, which started in 1999. Just one drivetrain option is available, only as a sedan, and no updates or changes have been made from the 2010 model year. Accordingly, MotorAuthority rates the 2011 Focus at just 4 out of 10.

That single engine powering the 2011 Focus is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that creates 140 horsepower and delivers up to 35 mpg on the highway. Californians make do with a 136-horsepower version to meet its stricter emissions standards. In other words, don't expect the Focus to set the world on fire, but you won't fall asleep driving it either. It even handles fairly well for a compact economy sedan, though its newer, more advanced 2012 replacement outstrips it in that regard as well.

There are markers that belie its long-lived model run: the cabin works well, but the exterior wears a lot of chrome to hide its 1999 silhouette. Despite its aging status, it's a generally solid car, with a quiet ride and room in the cabin. There's even plenty of space for your gear in the trunk.

Perhaps best of all with the 2011 Focus, however, is its fully-modern SYNC infotainment system and the things it lets you do. Both a Bluetooth-capable phone and the infotainment system  can be controlled by voice commands. USB support lets you use nearly any music player, and the steering-wheel controls for the whole system are easy-to-use and intuitive.

Read TheCarConnection's 2010 Ford Focus review for our most recent examination of the sedan's strengths and weaknesses in safety, comfort, features, equipment, and performance.

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