The Focus manages to be both logical in its design as well as fun to drive. This European-developed car offers ride comfort and agility on par with respectable sport sedans. Access, rear seat room and trunk space belie the fact that this is a small sedan. Interior quality and pronounced road noise mar this otherwise capable package though.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"It doesn't accelerate well at all to merge, pass traffic, especially on inclines just doesn't have enough power for today's driving needs"

Anonymous, GA (2002 Ford Focus)

"02 Focus SVT is a driver's car; well tuned, very responsive and fun to drive."

Brett C., TN (2002 Ford Focus)

"Out drives Mercedes and bmws"

Anonymous, GA (2002 Ford Focus)

"excellent on corners"

Anonymous, BC (2002 Ford Focus)

"Handling is VERY good. Much better than Japanese cars. Feels like German handling. Tight turning circle. Acceleration is okay."

Anonymous, HI (2002 Ford Focus)

"Loved the handling and the feel of power but the cost of repairs is high compaired to the value of the car"

VENITA L., CO (2002 Ford Focus)

"My Focus is and SVT and the handling is better than many sports cars."

GEORGE O., CA (2002 Ford Focus)

"Drives and handles very well. The roads in rural Missouri are very curvy."

Beverly C., MO (2002 Ford Focus)

"Reasonable for short trips"

Peter R., VA (2002 Ford Focus)

"Good acceleration considering size of engine (ZETEC), with amazing low-end torque. Handling is excellent: quick, nimble and responsive."

Jon A., NC (2002 Ford Focus)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Driver's seat is very comfortable. And if need to, the seat can adjust back & forward & also higher & lower."

Anonymous, IL (2002 Ford Focus)

"Everytime your turn on the A/C the acceleration of the auto falls."

Anonymous, WA (2002 Ford Focus)

"The car is a bit noisier than I would like. Friends have cars with a much quieter ride"

Anonymous, PA (2002 Ford Focus)

"The driver seat is very comfortable & has excellent lumbar support. I suffer from back problems and always feel comfortable when I drive."

CAROL S., IL (2002 Ford Focus)

"Center Console hits my leg. This makes for uncomfortable long rides."

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Ford Focus)

"Like the wagon! Good interior room. Sunroof very good!"

Anonymous, BC (2002 Ford Focus)

"Enjoyable to drive if a bit stiff on road. Rust seemed to be the major problem. Had to have locking mechanism replaced on hatchback door latch due to rust. Was told on last inspection that car was unsafe to drive because the frame had rusted to the point it might give way at any time."

Anonymous, MA (2002 Ford Focus)

"Very comfortable seating with driver's seat height adjustable. Ride is firm, controlled and confident. Handles very nimbly, quickly. Noise levels are too high, especially road and tire noise."

Jon A., NC (2002 Ford Focus)

"Seats ok for short runs, which is what we use this car for"

Peter R., VA (2002 Ford Focus)

"The seats are contoured around my body. It's ver comfortable. However, I'm 5'3 and I have to pull my seat very close to the dash to be able to reach the clutch, brakes, accelerator."

Beverly C., MO (2002 Ford Focus)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Excellent safety package for 2002 compact car including side air bags, pre-tension seat belts, two stage air bags, stability control, traction control, and anti-lock brakes."

Anonymous, IL (2002 Ford Focus)

"Plastic parts throughout the vehicle have broken. Several parts --such as automatic window operation, radio/CD player -- broke immediately after the warranty ended."

G D., CA (2002 Ford Focus)

"This is a Focus Wagon which is no longer available,. It is a great size and has the utility of a wagon."

ROYCE W., WI (2002 Ford Focus)

"A very enjoyable and fun car to drive. Unfortunately the Overdrive went out on the transmission, but can still be driven until I can get another transmission. The car has 110,000 plus miles. The used car dealer I bought the car from is getting another transmission for me at a much lower cost than anyone else quoted me."

CARL N., PA (2002 Ford Focus)

"Have had some significant repairs in the past 5 years for vehicle. Overall, it has generally been a reliable vehicle."

Anonymous, CA (2002 Ford Focus)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Can not see the end of the hood. Too low to go over bumps safely"

Anonymous, BC (2002 Ford Focus)

"Styling sucks but the wagon is unbelievably useful. I have carried a 36 by 82 is door inside the wagon hatch closed. I have also carried 48 2x4x8ft door closed. I just wish a 4x8 sheet of plywood would fit."

FRANK K., ON (2002 Ford Focus)

"Still looks current"

Anonymous, BC (2002 Ford Focus)
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Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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