A freshening didn't hide the fact this was a nine-year-old design. Once our top-rated small car, this version rated only midpack. It retained some of its agile handling, plus the composed ride and roomy interior. But fit and finish and noise remained weak points. Further, there was no longer a telescoping steering wheel, or assist handles to aid access. Braking distances got longer.

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

"The focus had alot of power--until the transmission started with problems. It did not pick up anymore the way it did---hesitated when asking for more power---and the engine would roar--when trying to shift from one gear to a higher one. Always did handle beautifully---such a shame for a good looking car when this clutch thing took over."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Ford Focus)

"Not as peppy (as quick at acceleration) as I would expect for a small, light car"

GARY D., BC (2010 Ford Focus)

"Acceleration, handling, seat comfort, low repair cost. Great mpg, but I want better for city driving."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Ford Focus)

"no problems with handling and acceleration plenty of power"

DONNIS C., MD (2010 Ford Focus)

"The traction control and ABS are excellent features. I drove in a torrential downpour and only realized I was hydroplaning due to the engine braking slowing down via the controls. The car never left the straight line it was tracking. I insisted on buying the second Focus for my daughter due to these excellent safety features."

CLAY M., MO (2010 Ford Focus)

"There has always been a vibration and lots of road noise, which is very annoying. Replaced all three motor mounts and still noise and vibration."

NORMA G., FL (2010 Ford Focus)

"Both are good for the stsndard of car."

PETER M., NS (2010 Ford Focus)

"stady and acceleration ver good"

Anonymous, IN (2010 Ford Focus)

"turn radius and window view are issues for me. blind spots."

DONALD K., VA (2010 Ford Focus)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"I'm a big guy, and the interior is a bit small."

JOHN H., OH (2010 Ford Focus)

"I have a bad back and the seats are just great. I have no pain when I sit in them."

JOAN P., FL (2010 Ford Focus)

"Tilt steering wheel doesn't come out far enough. Arms get fatigued on longer trips."

WILLIAM S., WI (2010 Ford Focus)

"Climate control Good. Comfort , ride : bad, Noise: bad."

Anonymous, QC (2010 Ford Focus)

"No rear seat leg room for adults"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Ford Focus)

"The seat controls are simple to use----however---I cannot adjust the seat close enough to the steering wheel to feel really comfortable driving. Seats are very comfortable--especially on long trips."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Ford Focus)

"The car still rides smoothly (seats and driving) compared to the models that followed. Our best auto ever for value etc. Our cars of past include 2001 MSTG GT Bullet, CHVY Slvrdo 1500, Eclisp Sydr GT."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Ford Focus)

"entrance in to, seating"

Anonymous, IN (2010 Ford Focus)

"The air conditioner started not working since last year, and I just found out that there is a leak, and it will cost me about $1800 to fix it. My focus is only 6 year old, I think the air conditioner should last a bit longer. I am not going to fix it, too expensive!"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Ford Focus)

"back seat passengers can get trapped ankles when front seats are full back."

Anonymous, BC (2010 Ford Focus)

"Most comfortable seats we've ever had, and they are not power seats."

SCOTT P., MD (2010 Ford Focus)

"handles and rides very well. Seat is a little snug."

BOB T., FL (2010 Ford Focus)

"air conditioner very expensive to fix; problem is under the dashboard."

JERRY W., IL (2010 Ford Focus)

"Seats are good but interior is noisy on some road surfaces and climate controls are clumsy."

PETER M., NS (2010 Ford Focus)

"It's a little noisy inside as well as a bit of a bumpy ride - had my shocks checked & they're ok. Overall great to drive- I think it's not as comfortable to be a passenger"

LESLEE D., ID (2010 Ford Focus)


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

What Owners Say

"value and confort"

Anonymous, IN (2010 Ford Focus)

"The mpg is higher than expected. I just recently got 40 mpg while on a 5 hour trip mostly driving 55 - 70!"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Ford Focus)

"Only have had to replace tires & batteries in the 6 years I've had the car. Check engine light came on this year - something with the climate controls (thermostat?)"

LESLEE D., ID (2010 Ford Focus)

"I have grown to like the smaller size of this vehicle and the fact that I bought it as one of the last new 2010 models at a big discount has made this car my preferred vehicle. Reliability and economy are very good."

Anonymous, WA (2010 Ford Focus)

"I used Consumer Reports online site to find this car and it was a terrific value and a good experience."

Anonymous, RI (2010 Ford Focus)

"A lower cost dependable vehicle to meet basic transportation needs."

BRYAN F., VA (2010 Ford Focus)

"GREAT mileage! Maintaining trade and resale value. This one will stay in the family until it dies!"

PAUL G., WI (2010 Ford Focus)

"I take the bus to work daily. Just use the car for groceries. Last year just put 4200 miles on the car."

Anonymous, MN (2010 Ford Focus)

"Good price and good mileage with the hybrid"

DONNIS C., MD (2010 Ford Focus)

"Very reliable"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Ford Focus)

"Excellent value, car was a demo not much mileage"

SHIRLEY K., QC (2010 Ford Focus)

"car was a repossessed car from a local credit union and I think I got a fairly good deal"

BILL S., NM (2010 Ford Focus)

"Great value and a highly reliable car which gets great gas mileage. The only problem was the left front dive bearing going bad due to a torn boot cover which left dirt in that destroyed the bearing."

CHARLES M., NY (2010 Ford Focus)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Paint started peeling off rocker pannels about 3 years after i got it"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Ford Focus)

"plenty of space in entering in to"

Anonymous, IN (2010 Ford Focus)

"I like the look of the coupe so much better than a sedan. It is also so much easier getting in and out of the coupe."

JOHN M., MI (2010 Ford Focus)

"Love the colour and jaunty look"

SHIRLEY K., QC (2010 Ford Focus)

"The Focus is a good economy car for young families or single folks. The styling offers numerous options for a range of tastes/."

CLAY M., MO (2010 Ford Focus)

"Body styling is classy, has a sleek look."

Anonymous, IL (2010 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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