The 2007 Ford Focus marks the smallest car offered by Ford and remains relatively unchanged for the launch of the 2007 model year. This compact car comes as a hatchback, sedan, or wagon in several different trim lines. All use front drive, a five-speed manual transmission standard, and a four-cylinder engine, except the ZX4 ST sedan, which uses a larger engine.
Body Styles: three-door hatchback, five-door hatchback, sedan, five-door wagon
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.3-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Focus ZX3, Ford Focus ZX5, Ford Focus ZX4, Ford Focus ZXW
The launch of the 2007 Ford Focus sees very few changes made from previous model years. MP3 compatibility enhances all CD players, and steering wheel controls come with the optional CD changer. A new interior package joins those available for the SE and SES trim lines; it includes two-tone leather seats and metallic interior trim. The new Street Appearance package offers another option for the ST sedan as well as the SE and SES sedans and hatchbacks.
The four different body styles of the 2007 Ford Focus come in a range of trim lines. For both hatchbacks and the sedan, Ford offers three trims to choose from: the S, SE, and SES. The sedan also comes in a sporty ST trim. The wagon offers the SE and SES trims only. From the outside, little differs across the trim lines. Significant changes include an increase from 15-inch steel wheels on the S and SE models, to 16-inch alloy wheels for the SES and ST models. The ST sedan also has a distinctive exterior trim to set it apart from the rest of the sedans.
For a compact car, the 2007 Ford Focus looks pretty roomy. Even in the three-door ZX3 hatchback, both front and rear passengers find plenty of leg and headroom. Seats sit at chair height to make entering and exiting easier, and they feel very comfortable. All models have a 60/40-split rear seat that folds to increase cargo space. With the seats folded down, the 2007 Ford Focus wagon rivals some small SUVs for cargo capacity.
The base model’s interior looks pretty bare. Features, such as air-conditioning, a central armrest, and power windows, locks, and mirrors become available with an upgrade to the SE models. The layout of instruments and controls seems clear and functional, but the quality of the materials used for the interior falls short of expectations. The only models equipped with a tilt and telescoping steering wheel for 2007 include the top-of-the-line SES and ST models.
Performance & Handling
Except for the ST sedan, all models of the 2007 Ford Focus come equipped with a two-liter, four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission. The power output for this engine reaches 136 horsepower and 136 lb-ft of torque. The sporty 2007 Ford Focus ST sedan employs a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that provides 151 horsepower and 154 lb-ft of torque. A four-speed automatic transmission remains an available option for all models of the 2007 Ford Focus, except the base model of the three-door hatchback and the ST sedan.
Across the model lineup, the Focus provides a smooth and comfortable ride. The power provided by the engine seems more than adequate, although those looking for a bit more acceleration prefer the 2.3-liter engine in the ST model. Handling feels good for its class and better than many of its competitors. The tires provide excellent grip for the four-wheel independent suspension.
For all models of the 2007 Ford Focus standard safety equipment includes three-point seat belts for all five seating positions and head restraints in the front seats. Anti-lock brakes and traction control come standard for the ST sedan, but as an option for all other models. Front side airbags remain optional on all models.
The sedan, wagon, and five-door hatchback models of the 2007 Ford Focus receive near perfect scores for frontal crash testing, while the three-door hatchback earns four out of five stars. Scores for side impacts seem good with the optional side airbags installed.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Focus two-liter: 27/37 mpg city/highway
Ford Focus ST sedan: 22/32 mpg city/highway
- Comfortable seats
- Excellent fuel economy
You Won't Like
- Lower-quality interior materials
- No rear head restraints or side airbags
Fun-to-drive compact car with a variety of body styles.
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