2005 Ford Focus

Full Front View

What's Hot
Fun to drive
Surprising interior space
Functional hatchbacks
What's Not
Larger engine only for ST sedan
Poor resale values
Safety gear costs extra

What's New
For 2006, Ford adds what it calls a Street Appearance Package, which creates a somewhat sportier look, with fog lamps, front and rear spoilers, a rear diffuser, and a chrome exhaust tip. This won't make your Focus drive any better, only look cooler. Unlike the sport-themed ST trim level, however, the Street Appearance Package can be had with any body style.

Key Options
In an effort to trim sticker prices, the recommended anti-lock brakes and side airbags are optional. Leather seats are a nice luxury offered on the SES and ST only. A CD stereo is standard even on the base car, but music fans should give the optional Sony audiophile sound system a listen.

Others to Consider
Mazda3, Honda Civic, Pontiac Vibe

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