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2000 Ford Focus

  • 2000 Ford Focus LX Sedan

    LX Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      35
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      110/125
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $12,315
  • 2000 Ford Focus SE Sedan

    SE Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      35
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      110/125
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $13,660
  • 2000 Ford Focus SE Wagon

    SE Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      33
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      110/125
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $15,475
  • 2000 Ford Focus ZTS Sedan

    ZTS Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      33
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      130/135
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $15,260
  • 2000 Ford Focus ZX3 Hatchback

    ZX3 Hatchback

    • MAX MPG
      33
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      130/135
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $12,055
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2000 Ford Focus Review

Well designed to maintain the world-wide share of the sub-compact market.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2000 Ford Focus is intended to be the new volume leader world-wide for Ford. Ford used its New Edge styling, which it first used on the Mercury Cougar, to create a car with an attractive mix of arcs and crisp edges. It is a ground up design that Ford believes can maintain or even increase its share of this market.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan, hatchback, wagon
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Ford Focus LX, Ford Focus SE, Ford Focus ZTS, Ford Focus Sony limited edition, Ford Focus ZX3

What's New

The 2000 Ford Focus is a brand new car for 2000. Taking over for the Escort, it will be sold worldwide with the same models and features. It’s a ground-up, inside-out redesign with completely new concepts and features.

Exterior

The 2000 Ford Focus comes in three body styles: the sedan, the hatchback, and the wagon. The sedan comes in three regular and one limited edition trim. The styling is very distinctive while maintaining functionality. The automaker states that it's designed to appear ?progressive, adventurous, and distinctively different from the softer more traditional proportions of other compacts.? This means that an economy car can have stronger styling than the Volkswagen Beetle. The most distinctive design is the hatchback coupe, but all of the models have an impressive array of angular shape, sculpted wheel arches, triangular headlights and taillights, and crisp lines. In addition, the design provides maximum crash protection and excellent aerodynamics. The trunk on the sedan is impressive at 12.9 cubic feet with in-frame gas struts that don’t interfere with that space. The wagon’s luggage compartment nearly triples that number with 37.5 cubic feet capacity and is designed to be as functional as possible.

Interior

The 2000 Ford Focus has numerous innovations in the interior including rear seat child safety seat anchors, seat height adjustment, and a center console on the 60/40 split folding rear seat. In addition, there are ergonomic controls and overall a very functional interior. The design results in excellent use of interior space providing ample cabin space for even plus-sized drivers and passengers. It literally raised the roof to provide for more headroom and provided seats that rise to provide more leg room. The seats are comfortable and supportive, and the steering wheel can be tilted or telescoped.

Performance & Handling

The 2000 Ford Focus LX sedan comes with a 110 horsepower, two-liter SOHC, eight-valve, four-cylinder engine that provides peak torque of 125 lb-ft at 3750 rpm. The SE, ZTS, and ZX3 hatchback all offer a two-liter, DOHC, 16-valve four-cylinder engine that produces 130 horsepower and 135 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm, which give ample power. In addition, the more powerful Zetec engine is less noisy with a full 50 percent lower perceived engine sound level. The larger engine starts quick, idles soft, and purrs on the highway. The ZX3 is particularly notable in the noise reduction category.

Additionally, the 2000 Ford Focus’ handling is excellent, including a chassis that both lightweight and rigid. The rack-and-pinion steering is finely-tuned, smooth, and responsive. It turns much tighter and accelerates more smoothly than the average economy car.

Safety

The 2000 Ford Focus come with dual front impact and dual front side air bags. In addition, the ZTS and Sony limited edition sedans come with an anti-theft alarm system. The ZTS also has four-wheel anti-lock brakes standard and it's an option for all other models. Finally, ignition disable is available on all models.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford Focus LX automatic: 23/30 mpg city/highway
Ford Focus LX manual: 24/32 mpg city/highway
Ford Focus SE automatic: 23/30 mpg city/highway
Ford Focus SE manual: 24/32 mpg city/highway
Ford Focus ZTS automatic: 22/28 mpg city/highway
Ford Focus ZTS manual: 22/31 mpg city/highway
Ford Focus Sony limited edition automatic: 23/30 mpg city/highway
Ford Focus Sony limited edition manual: 24/32 mpg city/highway
Ford Focus ZX3 automatic: 22/28 mpg city/highway
Ford Focus ZX3 manual: 22/31 mpg city/highway
Ford Focus SE automatic: 23/30 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • The reliable handling
  • The interior ergonomics
  • The pricing

You Won't Like

  • Some of the interior trim
  • Unusual exterior style

Sum Up

Well designed to maintain the world-wide share of the sub-compact market.

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