Ford Focus at Tint Magic Window Tinting
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With its European-developed chassis, the Focus is a practical, playful companion offering a rare blend of agility and accuracy. A 160-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder is standard but a 123-hp 1.0-liter turbo three-cylinder with auto start-stop is optional for extra efficiency. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic is available but we prefer the five-speed manual. A handsome exterior and functional interior with a load of standard and available features win the Focus extra style points.
Ford has received many well-deserved plaudits for its line of EcoBoost engines—EcoBoost being Ford-speak for turbocharging. But the adulation doesn’t extend to the company’s naturally aspirated powerplants, and a few days with this Focus helps to understand why.
The engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, an oversquare design (bore dimension exceeds the stroke) with variable valve timing, direct injection, and a high (12.0:1) compression ratio. Those tech specs suggest high revs and lots of horsepower, but the reality doesn’t measure up to the suggestion.
Rated for 160 horsepower, this 2.0-liter can’t really be called tepid in terms of horsepower per liter, and 7.9 seconds to 60 mph isn’t exactly glacial. On the other hand, it’s hard to see a 16.3-second quarter-mile as anything but deliberate, and reducing one’s exposure during passing maneuvers requires at least one and sometimes two downshifts.
The limiting factor here isn’t so much the engine output as the car’s economy-minded gearing. The final-drive ratio (3.82:1) is tall, and fifth gear (0.81:1) in the manual transmission is distinctly overdriven, a combination that keeps the engine well out of what sweet spot it has (around 4500 to 5000 rpm). The result is sluggish top-gear performance. Check the 30-to-50- and 50-to-70-mph passing times, which are, well, lengthy—particularly when you’re in the oncoming-traffic lane, there’s a car coming, it’s getting bigger, and you’re committed to the pass. Definitely time for a downshift, or two.