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in 2010 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $9,273 - $10,887
Original MSRP: $16,290 - $18,780
MPG: 24 City / 35 Hwy
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Used Car: 2010 Ford Focus Review

Review Last Updated: 7/17/12

The 2010 Ford Focus impressed reviewers with its nimble handling and good fuel economy, and its good safety and reliability scores make it a strong choice among small used cars.

The 2010 Ford Focus is ranked:

Among 2010 small cars, the 2010 Ford Focus stands out with a class-competitive list of safety and entertainment features. For 2010, all Focus models received standard anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control, as well as Ford’s MyKey system, which helps parents set limits on teen drivers. The base Focus S comes with air conditioning, a four-speaker stereo and an auxiliary input jack. SES and SEL models come standard with Ford Sync, which is a voice-activated infotainment system. Sync includes turn-by-turn directions and Bluetooth. Sync sets the Focus apart from the competition, but some reviewers also thought it was hard to use.

The Focus sedan and coupe have room for five, but reviewers found that, even in the sedan, some passengers may want more legroom. However, both models have good cargo space when compared with other small used cars.

Test drivers gave the Ford Focus good reviews for its handling, saying that it is one of the Focus’ best characteristics. However, they said that the Focus isn’t as fast as top competitors, and that its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine could use more power. Still, with good fuel economy ratings of up to 24/35 mpg city/highway, the Focus is a smart choice for shoppers who want a fuel-efficient commuter car.

If your priority is finding a safe vehicle, the 2010 Ford Focus fits the bill. Along with its class-exclusive MyKey, the Focus performed well in crash tests. It also has an above-average reliability score, which should translate into long-term savings in maintenance and repairs.

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Other Cars to Consider

There are many reasons why the 2010 Hyundai Elantra sedan, which we named the 2010 Best Compact Car for the Money, ranks highly in the class. It has good passenger space and a larger trunk than the Focus sedan. Like the Focus, the Hyundai Elantra works best as a daily driver. The Elantra has good handling, offers similar fuel economy to the Focus and also earns an above-average reliability score.

The 2010 Toyota Corolla is a lot like the Ford Focus. It is a good commuter car thanks to its high fuel economy ratings and good engine power. Inside, reviewers said the Corolla is spacious enough for four adults, and the Corolla earns higher safety and reliability scores. You won’t get safety features like Ford’s MyKey system, but with so much in common, the Corolla’s excellent reliability could help you decide between the two.  

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