SHARP TURNS – Focus on the details

2013-06-07T00:00:00Z SHARP TURNS – Focus on the detailsMATT SHARP nwitimes.com
June 07, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The new Ford Focus has so much to offer. The most finicky buyer out there can still fall in love with one of Focus’s seven models. They range from standard sedan and five-door to the new electric model. Today I want to ‘focus’ on my favorite model, the Titanium Sedan.

The Titanium Sedan also comes in a five-door model, but I have never been too big on those, and I really like the flow of the exterior on the sedan. Starting with the piano black grille, and moving back along the rocker moldings until you hit the Focus taillights, it’s impossible to miss this car. On either side of the grille are automatic quad-beam halogen headlamps and fog lamps with chrome accents. The Titanium model of the Focus also comes standard with a rear spoiler, rear window defroster and easy fuel cap-less fuel filler. The easy fuel ensures a quick and effortless fill up, while eliminating the potential to drive away from the pump with a missing or improperly installed gas cap.

Looking past the stunning exterior of the Focus, the interior of the car is even more amazing. The driver’s seat is instantly comfortable. It is a leather-trimmed bucket seat with 6-way power control and manual lumbar. No matter the weather, the Focus has heated front seats and dual zone electronic automatic temperature control. The dual-zone helps keep both the driver and passenger comfortable no matter if they are cold or warm blooded.

Another part of being comfortable is not having to worry about the little things. When the key fob is in the driver’s pocket, the doors will unlock he or she approaches the car. The fob also deactivates the Anti Theft system. After that, starting the car is as easy as pushing a button. For a good night drive, let the Focus make it better with ambient lighting that lets the driver adjust the color and intensity of lighting that fills the foot wells, door panels, and cup holders.

The Ford Focus makes itself even more customizable with the MyKey technology. MyKey is designed to help parents encourage teenagers to drive safely. Like parental controls on TV or internet, the Focus offers a similar capability. Owners can limit the speed allowed to a teenage driver, or limit how loud the stereo will play. MyKey also ensures that all drivers wear their seatbelts.

To help keep eyes on the road and stay connected to the world, Ford put Sync with MyFord Touch inside the Focus. Sync runs through the touch screen at the top of the center stack in the middle of the vehicle. It allows hands-free calling, voice-controlled music browsing, automated text message relay, and can be used for emergency situations to dial 911. In addition to voice-controlled music, the Sony Audio system with 9 speakers and a subwoofer allows for clarity from all seats in the car. To help enhance the Sony sound, the Focus has HD Radio with crystal-clear reception and digital transmission capability. Conspicuously absent are traditional radio’s tendency for drop-off, static, hiss and audio distortion.

Some optional features for the Titanium Sedan include exclusive active park assist, Focus graphic package, exterior protection package and turn-by-turn navigation. The active park assist goes hand in hand with the standard rear view camera to parallel park itself with almost no input from the driver. The SiriusXM voice-activated navigation system offers 3-D maps, real-time traffic information, current and forecasted weather, gas station locations and prices, live sports scores and schedules and theater locations with movie times.

As Ford continues to close the gap between power and fuel efficiency, they made sure the Focus has a little bit of both. With a standard 2.0L Ti-VCT I-4 engine, which is flex fuel-capable, it can accept unleaded gasoline, E85 or any mix of the two. The Focus also has direct injection, which provides a cooler, denser, more precise charge while the twin independent variable camshaft timing self-adjusts for efficient performance at low rpm and exhilarating power when you step on it. Also standard is a 6-speed PowerShift automatic transmission with SelectShift that aids the Focus to be more fuel-efficient.

This beautiful Titanium Focus starts out at $23,200 MSRP, and the standard model is as low as $16,200 MSRP.

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