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The Focus has an accomplished ride and good braking. It is agile and fun-to-drive, and it handles like a sports car. However, while overall crash protection is good, the Focus received a Poor in the IIHS side-crash test when tested without its optional side airbags. The Focus' 2005 freshening brought two new engines and a revised interior. But the quality of interior materials is low grade. Also, fuel economy is unimpressive.
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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

“All around good value for its money. The small wagon is usefull”

PETER W., ON (2005 Ford Focus)

“It just keeps on going. Acceleration has been peppy for such a small car.”

SAMUEL R., TX (2005 Ford Focus)

“Very harsh ride and abrupt shifting.”

SHARON A., NY (2005 Ford Focus)

“Focus ST is very fun to drive.”

ROBERT D., WI (2005 Ford Focus)

“Agile with adequate acceleration. Pretty good visibility especially forward, can see hood etc.”

PAUL B., NJ (2005 Ford Focus)

“Good pick-up, great handling, good mpg.”

MICHAEL D., NV (2005 Ford Focus)

“BAD =FIT AND FINISH. DRIVING EXPERIENCE=GOOD NO ISSUES.”

Anonymous, QC (2005 Ford Focus)

“Amazing acceleration when merging onto the freeway, for example. Very responsive handling. Takes corners on all 4 tires, meaning very little lean.”

JEFF K., WA (2005 Ford Focus)

“Great handling seats fun to drive is focus st”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Ford Focus)

“This is the ZX model with the 2.2 litre engine and stick shift. The acceleration is outstanding.”

ROBERT M., PA (2005 Ford Focus)

“acceleration is average handling is agile and firm”

TADEUSZ D., BC (2005 Ford Focus)

“From the factory, this car had slow acceleration and poor fuel economy. Both improved greatly when I replaced the original fine wire spark plugs with Autolite single platinum plugs. The spark plug swap added 4-5 mpg by itself. Another small improvement came with switching to synthetic oil. Handling is very good with this car. It can sneak in and out of the tightest parking places with relative ease and has a great turn radius.”

JOHN E., IL (2005 Ford Focus)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

“I call it my "dog car." You can fold the back seats down and it makes a nice area for transporting dogs. But I don't take it on the freeway often, and I never take it on long trips. The handling and the ride are just not very comfortable. I'm only 5'3"; I think most men would be quite miserable riding or driving it.”

MARCIA B., MO (2005 Ford Focus)

“Cheaply made (doors and rear gate are extremely cheap) Noisy both from road noise, and the blower fan is noisy in the winter time when engaged , bouncy in handling, weak acceleration.”

Anonymous, IL (2005 Ford Focus)

“driver seat lost heating after just few months climate control is good noise inside cabin was a little above excepted level at beginning but after 6 years of driving was terrible. ride is agile”

TADEUSZ D., BC (2005 Ford Focus)

“Very comfortable driver's seat but steering wheel does not telescope out far enough so I have to reach for it making for tired arms on long trips. Cheep plastic parts i.e. sun glasses storage, latch for center console, etc.”

PEGGY D., WA (2005 Ford Focus)

“Noisy, esp. in colder weather”

JAMES M., PA (2005 Ford Focus)

“Has quite a lot of noise from vibrations inside the cabin.”

KURT P., NE (2005 Ford Focus)

“noisy ride which varies depending on whether all season tires are mounted (noisy) or winter tires (less noisy). Some viration noise from dashboard. Passenger door panel noisy due to vibration from some part within the door. As a result the car has a busy, tiring ride on vacation trips. As a result, prefer my Acura RDX when travelling.”

Anonymous, WA (2005 Ford Focus)

“Car is just so poorly and cheaply made. Wind noise, uncomfortable seats and fabric, AC struggles to keep up.”

CRAIG M., CA (2005 Ford Focus)

“It serves as a good reliable vehicle”

PETER W., ON (2005 Ford Focus)

“A/c doesn't cool as well as other cars I've had but from your Ratings I knew this before I bought it. Heating gets a "B" too.”

MARK L., OH (2005 Ford Focus)

“The car is generally noisey. The air and heating work very fast and it has good pickup, but does not have cruise control so my husband does not want to take it on road trips where we could save money, but the noise is not condusive to road trips.”

ROSEANNE G., CO (2005 Ford Focus)

“Being an older person the seats really sold me. The ease of getting in and out. I wish noise when driving was somewhat lower.”

Anonymous, WI (2005 Ford Focus)

“The ride is great, comfortable - no compliants”

G M., CA (2005 Ford Focus)

“Very noisy engine noise, hubcaps chirped, upholstery on drivers seat wore through and I had to buy a seat cover to save foam, floor mat on drivers side also wore through.”

PAUL B., NJ (2005 Ford Focus)

“the engine runs very loud”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Ford Focus)

“Seats are very firm Would like less cabin noise Stiff suspension making a somewhat rough ride”

Anonymous, SD (2005 Ford Focus)

“climate control selector switch brakes a lot”

Anonymous, MD (2005 Ford Focus)

Value

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

What Owners Say

“Extremely high value car. It isn't perfect, but it is very good with very few downsides.”

MICHAEL R., KS (2005 Ford Focus)

“This has been a very cheap car to drive. I have had very little repair infact only something with steering about 6 years ago. Everything else has been maintenance. I plan to drive it until it doesn't want to go no more.”

Anonymous, MI (2005 Ford Focus)

“Not comfortable for long trips.”

Anonymous, MI (2005 Ford Focus)

“I have 245,000 miles and repair cost are well under what I would expect.”

GARY L., MD (2005 Ford Focus)

“Bought it second hand and it has stood up fairly well mechanically, structure/body it is terrible-rusted out structure parts are very evident under the car.”

B B., QC (2005 Ford Focus)

“I felt it was overpriced, but my wife fell in love with it at first sight.”

J P., AZ (2005 Ford Focus)

“Car has over 160,000 miles on it. Until recently the only real money spent was for normal maintenance”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Ford Focus)

“I bought this auto at the year end sale, with other promotions and paid less than sticker price for it before trade-in. Beyond that, the car has been fun to drive and has always gotten me to where I wanted to go without fail.”

JOHN E., IL (2005 Ford Focus)

“Very good overall car for the money”

L G., NJ (2005 Ford Focus)

“OVERALL GOOD VALUE,FIT AND FINISH ISSUES WHEN NEW., TRIM OUT OF LINE: OBVIOUSLY HAVE TO KEEP ON TOP OF CORROSION; NON DEALER RUSTPROOFING IMPORTANT. CHEAP INTERNAL COMPONENTS.AS OF 2005. BUT OVERALL RELIABLE CAR.”

Anonymous, QC (2005 Ford Focus)

“I researched cars for weeks before I started my search, had a list of local cars I wanted to see, was paying cash. I had done my homework. Problem: I lacked experience with dealer salesmen. Paid more than I needed to have done. However, the car met, and exceeded in some respects, all my qualifiers except age. it is 5 years older than the car I went to see. I am not disappointed in my purchase. The car is perfect for me. Main takeaway from experience: research, research, research! Know what”

EILEEN D., TN (2005 Ford Focus)

“Vehicle has been very reliable. Have only done maintenance.”

Anonymous, CO (2005 Ford Focus)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

“Looks as good as a new car - there's not much difference in styling now-a-days.”

MARIAN S., NJ (2005 Ford Focus)

“I like the styling which is why I brought the Focus in the first place”

G M., CA (2005 Ford Focus)

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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