2009 Ford Focus

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$15,520 - $18,265
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Engine Engine 2.0LI-4
MPG MPG 24 City / 35 Hwy
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2009 Focus Overview

2009 Ford Focus SES Coupe – Click above for high-res image gallery It's been just over a year since we reviewed our last Focus, a 2008 SES Coupe, and we were willing to bet the farm back then that its new design wouldn't go over well with buyers. But $4/gallon gas and the unexpected popularity of Ford's SYNC system have contributed to Focus sales rising 15.7% year-over-year through November. So what the Hell do we know? Apparently something, as Ford has tweaked the Focus Coupe for 2009 despite its sales success. While the Focus sedan remains largely the same except for a new, top-level SEL model and the availability of electronic stability control, the '09 Coupe both looks and drives different than its predecessor. Ford recently dropped off a 2009 Focus SES Coupe for us to play with, so follow the jump to see if this year's version is any better than the last. %Gallery-40549% Photos Copyright ©2008 John Neff / Weblogs, Inc. The major mechanical difference between this Focus SES Coupe and the one we tested last year is the latter came equipped with a four-speed automatic and our current tester sports a five-speed manual. You'd think the new car might cost less without the expense of the optional slushbox, but you'd be wrong. Whereas the loaded '08 model went for $20,105 with destination and delivery charges, the 2009 model (sans automatic) rang up a bill of $20,615. On top of our car's $17,570 base price was another $745 for anti-lock brakes, $1,270 for the Moon and Tune Value Package (upgraded six-disc CD/MP3 stereo, eight-inch subwoofer and power moonroof) and $810 for leather seats. After $695 was debited for D&D and a $475 discount added, the 2009 total came to the aforementioned $20,615. Add another $815 if you wish to relinquish gear selection duty and this '09 model could've easily cost $21,430, which is a lot to pay for a little car. Ford's current crop of incentives could reduce that price substantially, and penny-pinchers can still pick up the base SE model that starts at $16,189. While we bemoan anti-lock brakes being optional even on the up-level SES, buyers do get the popular SYNC connectivity system standard, as well as SIRIUS Satellite Radio compatibility, cruise control and ambient interior lighting that offers multiple hues that light up the footwells and cup holders like a Christmas tree. The steering wheel is also populated with redundant controls for the stereo at no extra charge, as well as being wrapped in leather regardless of whether you opt for the expensive leather seats. The 2009 Focus Coupe looks better than the 2008 model thanks to some simple changes that didn't break the Blue Oval's piggy bank. The most obvious alteration is up front, where a new bumper does its best to evolve the Focus' sporting intentions. The '08 model's front fascia featured sharp creases; a long, thin air intake stretching from end to end; and a cut out for the license plate. …
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2009 Focus Overview

2009 Ford Focus SES Coupe – Click above for high-res image gallery It's been just over a year since we reviewed our last Focus, a 2008 SES Coupe, and we were willing to bet the farm back then that its new design wouldn't go over well with buyers. But $4/gallon gas and the unexpected popularity of Ford's SYNC system have contributed to Focus sales rising 15.7% year-over-year through November. So what the Hell do we know? Apparently something, as Ford has tweaked the Focus Coupe for 2009 despite its sales success. While the Focus sedan remains largely the same except for a new, top-level SEL model and the availability of electronic stability control, the '09 Coupe both looks and drives different than its predecessor. Ford recently dropped off a 2009 Focus SES Coupe for us to play with, so follow the jump to see if this year's version is any better than the last. %Gallery-40549% Photos Copyright ©2008 John Neff / Weblogs, Inc. The major mechanical difference between this Focus SES Coupe and the one we tested last year is the latter came equipped with a four-speed automatic and our current tester sports a five-speed manual. You'd think the new car might cost less without the expense of the optional slushbox, but you'd be wrong. Whereas the loaded '08 model went for $20,105 with destination and delivery charges, the 2009 model (sans automatic) rang up a bill of $20,615. On top of our car's $17,570 base price was another $745 for anti-lock brakes, $1,270 for the Moon and Tune Value Package (upgraded six-disc CD/MP3 stereo, eight-inch subwoofer and power moonroof) and $810 for leather seats. After $695 was debited for D&D and a $475 discount added, the 2009 total came to the aforementioned $20,615. Add another $815 if you wish to relinquish gear selection duty and this '09 model could've easily cost $21,430, which is a lot to pay for a little car. Ford's current crop of incentives could reduce that price substantially, and penny-pinchers can still pick up the base SE model that starts at $16,189. While we bemoan anti-lock brakes being optional even on the up-level SES, buyers do get the popular SYNC connectivity system standard, as well as SIRIUS Satellite Radio compatibility, cruise control and ambient interior lighting that offers multiple hues that light up the footwells and cup holders like a Christmas tree. The steering wheel is also populated with redundant controls for the stereo at no extra charge, as well as being wrapped in leather regardless of whether you opt for the expensive leather seats. The 2009 Focus Coupe looks better than the 2008 model thanks to some simple changes that didn't break the Blue Oval's piggy bank. The most obvious alteration is up front, where a new bumper does its best to evolve the Focus' sporting intentions. The '08 model's front fascia featured sharp creases; a long, thin air intake stretching from end to end; and a cut out for the license plate. …Hide Full Review