The 2001 Ford Focus is the automaker's entry into the traditionally import dominated subcompact market. It is a strong entry with good performance and amenities at a reasonable price. With excellent fuel economy, the Focus has the potential to save drivers a substantial amount of money over time. The city driving fuel economy on it even outperforms the highway fuel economy of many passenger vehicles. It may not have the same potential acceleration and top speed of larger vehicles, but these are often of little consequence to commuters and drivers running errands.
Overall, the 2001 Ford Focus is designed to be practical and affordable transportation. It is not the most exciting, well equipped, or best performing offering from Ford, but it does exactly what it is designed to do very well. The Focus is an everyday vehicle that is not going to cost an arm and a leg for drivers that might spend an hour sitting in rush hour traffic. The small size and excellent turning also allow it to easily maneuver in confined cities and park in smaller spaces with ease.
Body Styles: sedan, hatchback, station wagon
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed manual, five-speed manual
Models: Ford Focus LX, Ford Focus Street, Ford Focus SE, Ford Focus ZTS, Ford Focus ZX3
The 2001 Ford Focus changes some previously-optional features to standard equipment on most models. Stability control is now available as an option. The Ford Focus ZX3 can get a manual moonroof as an option.
The 2001 Ford Focus is offered as a station wagon, sedan, or hatchback. Despite the different body options, all the Focus models look pretty much the same. The front end of all the models is identical, so the only difference is how the rear half of the Focus is designed. Measuring 174.9 inches long, the Focus is a very short vehicle. Part of the reason the sedan is not particularly distinct in design is because the trunk is such a small part of the body that it is just shy of looking like a coupe.
Despite the small size of the 2001 Ford Focus, the interior is surprisingly roomy. It was designed to accommodate a full-size adult in every seat. While it is not as spacious as many larger vehicles, it is not as cramped or uncomfortable as subcompact cars tend to be. All the basic amenities are standard features on all models, so the Focus manages to avoid both common issues with subcompact comfort.
Performance & Handling
Overall, the performance of the Ford Focus is quite good. The small size and design give it excellent turning and maneuverability. The engine gives decent acceleration and speed but nothing particularly notable. The Ford Focus ZX3 has more horsepower, even though the engine is the same size as the other models, so it improves noticeably in terms of acceleration and speed. Overall, it is an easy to handle vehicle that is very well suited for day-to-day driving.
The 2001 Ford Focus comes with standard equipment that includes dual-front airbags, engine immobilizer, and electronic brake force distribution. Side-curtain airbags, stability control, and traction control are available as optional features.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Focus: 22/30 mpg city/highway
- Excellent fuel economy
- Low price tag
- Sedan, hatchback, and station wagon body options
- Good performance
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Competes with rival Civic and Corolla.
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