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Preview: 2008 Ford Focus

ON SALE: NOW / $15,500-$19,000 (est.)
Ford predicts that the small-car market will soon account for up to one-third of all vehicle sales, so you’d think it would have pulled out all the stops for its redesigned Focus. Instead, we get an anonymously styled four-door sedan and two-door coupe (no more wagon or hatchback). At least the interior–complete with Ford’s new Sync system, a new center console, and subtle ambient lighting–has been nicely reworked. Driving dynamics have always been the Focus’s strong point, and a retuned suspension setup should improve things even more, but don’t look for much more power–the Duratec four-cylinder is up just 4 hp and is still paired with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic.

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EPA MPG:

24 City / 35 Hwy

Horse Power:

140 @ 6000

Torque:

136 @ 4500