Alan Cesar Associate Editor
April 17, 2012 9:15 a.m.

We rather liked the new Focus, but it's not very much like the old Focus.

http://grassrootsmotorsports.com/new-cars/2012-ford-focus-titanium-sedan/

GameboyRMH UberDork
April 17, 2012 9:17 a.m.

The fangs are back! All I can see is this:

N Sperlo UberDork
April 17, 2012 9:21 a.m.

The price increase is rather substantial if I remember correctly.

failboat Dork
April 17, 2012 9:55 a.m.

Options can add up quick. But its a nice car. I am biased, wife has a 2012 Yellow hatch, SE Sport.

jrw1621 PowerDork
April 17, 2012 10:00 a.m.

The plate seems to imply that you may not like the car.
Plate would seem fitting on an Aztek

DukeOfUndersteer PowerDork
April 17, 2012 10:02 a.m.
Alan Cesar wrote:

failboat Dork
April 17, 2012 10:02 a.m.

In reply to jrw1621:

lol. well, we transferred it from the failboat.

Bobzilla SuperDork
April 17, 2012 10:06 a.m.

There were 2 things I really disliked about the Focus. The miniature speedo that was hard to read in the sunlight and the way the center console cuts in and pushes against your accelerator leg.

J308 Reader
April 17, 2012 10:11 a.m.

I really like the look of this. Too bad they are out of my meager budget.

xflowgolf Reader
April 17, 2012 10:13 a.m.

Seeing the 5-door Titanium Foci' on the street in person they're very sharp.
I haven't done the price comparison math at whatever those end up costing, but they catch my eye when they roll by.

They have some funky design cues, and the factory alloys are quite nice:

The article hits it spot on right off the bat though, the ST will be the one to own.

nderwater UltraDork
April 17, 2012 10:40 a.m.

My siblings have had three first-gen Foci, so I have some experience with them. The new car is an order of magnitude more stylish, sophistocated and comfortable.

HiTempguy SuperDork
April 17, 2012 10:55 a.m.

It weighs 2900 pounds?

Someone had to say it, I have no doubt it's nice though. Instead of a Fiesta, might have to tell my mom to get one of these.

92CelicaHalfTrac MegaDork
April 17, 2012 10:56 a.m.

Never thought i'd have to say i couldn't afford a Focus....

Alan Cesar Associate Editor
April 17, 2012 11:04 a.m.

To clarify: The base price we list is for the Titanium trim line. The base Focus starts at $16,500. Our tester stickered 10 grand above that thanks to its huge swath of options.

Osterkraut UltraDork
April 17, 2012 11:08 a.m.

To be the front and rear doesn't match. It bothers me. Nice car though.

failboat Dork
April 17, 2012 11:14 a.m.

its because they changed teh taillights and made them look stupid.

April 17, 2012 11:25 a.m.

i looked at these before I bought my 3. The only way to get a stick is to get the strippo SE, as far as I know. I wanted a few creature comforts (moon roof, nice stereo, etc) and alloy wheels, and that wasn't happening if I wanted to row my own. Also, those tail lights are HUGE and I think they look dumb.

J308 Reader
April 17, 2012 11:29 a.m.

Yep bring back the OG taillights!!!!111one111

Osterkraut UltraDork
April 17, 2012 11:30 a.m.
failboat wrote: its because they changed teh taillights and made them look stupid.

Actually the front is the problem for me.

Bobzilla SuperDork
April 17, 2012 11:31 a.m.
Alan Cesar wrote: To clarify: The base price we list is for the Titanium trim line. The base Focus starts at $16,500. Our tester stickered 10 grand above that thanks to its huge swath of options.

Bare bones hatch with the sync system was $22,400 at our local dealer with a manual transmission. Small wheels/hubcapped sedan, with no syn was 20,930.

alfadriver UberDork
April 17, 2012 11:37 a.m.
SilverFleet wrote: i looked at these before I bought my 3. The only way to get a stick is to get the strippo SE, as far as I know. I wanted a few creature comforts (moon roof, nice stereo, etc) and alloy wheels, and that wasn't happening if I wanted to row my own. Also, those tail lights are HUGE and I think they look dumb.

There are major rumors that the availability of a manual will spread across all Focus models. Especially since the Fusion will get it with a GTDI motor in it.

I would love to get a Titanium with a manual.

April 17, 2012 12:16 p.m.
Bobzilla wrote:
Alan Cesar wrote: To clarify: The base price we list is for the Titanium trim line. The base Focus starts at $16,500. Our tester stickered 10 grand above that thanks to its huge swath of options.

Bare bones hatch with the sync system was $22,400 at our local dealer with a manual transmission. Small wheels/hubcapped sedan, with no syn was 20,930.

That's expensive! Wow... I paid less for my '12 3 S Touring Hatch with a moonroof, 10-speaker Bose with Bluetooth, 17'' alloys, and a stick than that sedan.

A lot of the new Fords are pricey. Even the Fiestas can crack $20k. Who is going to spend $27k on a Focus that's not the performance model?

integraguy UltraDork
April 17, 2012 12:20 p.m.

These weren't selling all that well in my area until gas prices started creeping towards $4.00/gallon. I've looked at Focuses(Foci?) and Fiestas but finding one with a manual transmission is next to impossible.

Several people, here and in Europe, have complained about the console, and of course the automatic transmission. Sure hope Ford spreads the manual to all trim levels...tho I may go with a Mazda2 or Fiesta instead of a Focus.

Snowdoggie
Snowdoggie Dork
April 17, 2012 12:25 p.m.
SilverFleet wrote:
Bobzilla wrote:
Alan Cesar wrote: To clarify: The base price we list is for the Titanium trim line. The base Focus starts at $16,500. Our tester stickered 10 grand above that thanks to its huge swath of options.

Bare bones hatch with the sync system was $22,400 at our local dealer with a manual transmission. Small wheels/hubcapped sedan, with no syn was 20,930.

That's expensive! Wow... I paid less for my '12 3 S Touring Hatch with a moonroof, 10-speaker Bose with Bluetooth, 17'' alloys, and a stick than that sedan.

A lot of the new Fords are pricey. Even the Fiestas can crack $20k. Who is going to spend $27k on a Focus that's not the performance model?

They keep making them bigger and more expensive.

I guess the Fiesta is the small one now.

Javelin UltimaDork
April 17, 2012 12:29 p.m.
SilverFleet wrote: i looked at these before I bought my 3. The only way to get a stick is to get the strippo SE, as far as I know. I wanted a few creature comforts (moon roof, nice stereo, etc) and alloy wheels, and that wasn't happening if I wanted to row my own. Also, those tail lights are HUGE and I think they look dumb.

What you need is what was pictured by Failboat above, the SE Sport version.

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