For 2009, Ford Focus coupe photos reveal exterior restyling and improved performance. Heated leather seats are now standard on the SEL sedan and optional on other trim levels, while stability control has been added to the options. The 2009 Ford Focus engine is a 2.0L inline 4-cylinder with 140 hp and 136 lb-ft of torque, and the standard transmission a 5-speed manual, with a 4-speed automatic available as an option. Fuel economy for the Ford Focus is rated at 24 mpg city/35 mpg hwy and 28 mpg combined for the manual transmission, while opting for the automatic drops the hwy estimate to 33 mpg. Six airbags are standard on all Ford Focus models, including front-seat side-impact airbags and side-curtain airbags for both front- and rear-seat passengers. Antilock brakes and stability control are optional. The 5-passenger Ford Focus comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, a tilting steering wheel and a 4-speaker audio system. Optional are cruise control, satellite radio, and the Sync system, a hands-free voice-recognition interface developed by Microsoft.Read more Read less
The Focus, which was given a facelift for 2008, gets some further significant changes for 2009, with new front and rear fascias for the coupe. SES coupes get a new roof-line spoiler and standard 17-inch aluminum wheels. Performance is increased through the model line for coupes; models with manual transmission get a boost in power, while those with automatic transmission get a lower final-drive ratio. Focus sedans come in a new top-of-the-line SEL model, with special alloy wheels and chrome trim, along with increased feature content, and the sporty SES sedan gains revised suspension tuning and larger 17-inch wheels. Electronic stability control is newly available as an option throughout the Focus line for 2009.
Fuel economy; interior comfort; comfortable & quiet ride; Sync hands-free entertainment system
The slight changes Ford made to the coupe for 2009 further improve the appearance of the 2008 redesign. Good fuel economy ratings, combined with a low base price, make the Focus one of the most frugal commuter vehicles; and since its redesign last year, the Focus ranks as one of the most refined small cars inside, with a smooth ride and very little road noise. Sync, still a Ford exclusive, allows more hands-free control over phones and music devices than any other device available--well worth the option cost.