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Ford Focus (2009)

  • Much improved Ford reliability (best of the domestics)
  • More pricing flexibility than Civic and Corolla (financial incentives)
  • Good value
  • Good mileage
  • Comfortable ride
  • Decent room, especially in front
  • Standard side airbags
  • Available stability control
  • Nice, easily maneuverable size

  • Dowdy "Return of the Escort" styling
  • Not quite Honda or Toyota reliability
  • Noisy on the highway
  • Lousy back seat space, made worse if driver is tall, and pushes seat backwards

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