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2009 Ford Focus Sedan - Overview

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Overview

What Changed for 2009:

  • Sporty upscale coupe debuts with new exterior treatments
  • Extra horsepower and quicker acceleration on manual versions of SES coupe
  • Ford SYNC voice-activated media system standard on new SES coupe
  • Optional Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system
  • Dark Chrome 17-inch aluminum wheels, grille, accents and sport-tuned exhaust on SES coupe
  • Optional clean 130-hp 2.0-liter engine that qualifies as a Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) motor
Overview
For 2009, Ford has added an upscale, sporty coupe version with new front and rear fascias, a roof-line spoiler and standard 17-inch aluminum wheels to the Focus lineup. The SES coupe reflects design cues from the new Ford Fiesta subcompact (based on the Verve concept) that will be introduced in 2010. In 2008, the Focus was given a facelift inside and out to compete with import brands and now has a grille that matches Ford's other products, in addition to new interior lighting, improved ride and handling, and a quieter cabin. However, the front-wheel-drive Focus still resides on an older platform. The next-generation model likely will have a more European flavor and is due to launch in 2010.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Ford Focus is available as either a 4-door sedan or 2-door coupe. The sedan is offered in four trim levels: S, SE, SES and SEL. For 2009, the coupe is available in SE and SES trim. Ford's Ice Blue interior lighting is featured on all 2009 models. The ambient interior lighting system offers occupants a choice of seven different mood options. A top-of-dash display is designed to show all vital information at the driver's eye level.

Standard features on both SE and SEL models include manual side-view mirrors; tinted glass; AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with auxiliary input jack; two 12-volt powerpoints; 60/40 split/fold rear seat; tire inflation kit; 15-inch wheels; and a rear defroster. Options on the SE and SEL models are 16-inch aluminum wheels; audio system with 6-disc CD changer; Sirius satellite radio; Ford SYNC; anti-lock brakes with traction control; power moonroof; heated seats; leather-trimmed seats; and floormats. A tire inflation kit is standard, but a spare tire is only available at an extra charge. The new SES coupe features standard SYNC technology and 17-inch aluminum sport wheels.

Powertrain
The engine for the front-wheel-drive 2009 Ford Focus comes in two versions, depending on where you live. The 2.0-liter, inline 4-cylinder engine first comes as an Ultra-Low-Emission Vehicle (ULEV) that makes 140 hp and 136 lb.-ft. of torque in the sedan. A few states, including California, will require the second version of this engine, so the vehicle qualifies as a PZEV. Ford claims this PZEV engine, which produces 132 hp and 133 lb.-ft. of torque, is cleaner than some hybrid gas-electric vehicles, and yields 20 percent of the hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emissions of a ULEV engine. The powerplant offered in the new coupe produces 143 hp with a 5-speed manual transmission and 140 hp mated with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The new SES coupe also has a throatier sound from a new sport-tuned exhaust. Fuel-economy estimates for the 2009 Focus with a 4-speed automatic transmission are 24 mpg city/33 mpg highway. With a 5-speed manual transmission, the Focus achieves an EPA-estimated fuel-economy average of 24 mpg city/35 mpg highway.

All 2009 Ford Focus models have independent front suspensions. The front features MacPherson struts with stabilizer bar, and the rear is multi-link with available rear stabilizer bar on SE, SES and SEL versions. The brake system was all-new for 2008, with lighter but stronger calipers, larger front rotors up front for the disc brakes, and anti-lock braking system (ABS).

Safety
Like other Ford models, the Personal Safety System is standard on the 2009 Focus, and includes many items that Ford says would cost extra on other compact vehicles in the segment, such as side air bags that protect the neck area (thorax) and side curtain air bags. The side canopy bags feature "roll-fold" technology, which is designed to slide between the glass and occupants as it inflates to protect the passenger from sustaining impact injuries if a head is resting against the side glass.

A new option for 2009 is an anti-skid system, or electronic stability control (ESC), which uses sensors and the ABS to help correct slipping or spin-out that can lead to accidents. Optional safety features for the SEL model also include a battery-saver feature that will turn off interior lights after 20 minutes to save the battery; Belt-Minder seat belt reminder system; child safety rear door locks; and the Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system.

The 2009 Focus 4-door sedan receives 4 of 5 stars in frontal crash tests for both driver and front passenger, as well as 5 stars in front-seat side-impact tests conducted by the federal government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Side-impact tests for rear-seat passengers earn protection ratings of 4 stars, the second-highest safety rating. The 2-door hatchback version earns 5 stars in frontal tests and 3 stars in side-impact tests for front and rear-seat protection. Although the 2009 Focus has not been tested yet by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2009 model performed the best of 20 compact models in bumper crash tests and sustained the lowest amount of damage, according to the Institute. The 2008 model received a "Good" rating (the Institute's highest) in frontal offset crash tests.

Technology
The Focus for 2009 offers SYNC, a system co-developed with Microsoft and first introduced on the 2008 Focus. SYNC is standard equipment on the 2009 Ford Focus SES coupe and is an option on the SE trim level, as well as Lincoln and Mercury models. Ford SYNC is a voice-activated communications and entertainment system that allows the driver to use a "Push to Talk" button on the steering wheel that allows customers to use their hands-free Bluethooth-enabled cell phones and digital media players in the car. The program also offers voice-to-text capabilities, allowing you to hear text messages when you're behind the wheel. A USB port allows you to charge your iPod, MP3, or other USB-compatible device.

Available Trims for the 2009 Ford Focus Sedan

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
S (400A) 5 speed manual $15,520 140-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl 24/35
SE (500A) 5 speed manual $16,400 140-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl 24/35
SES (600A) 5 speed manual $17,865 140-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl 24/35
SEL (700A) 5 speed manual $18,265 140-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl 24/35

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