2005 Ford Focus
There are 2 user reviews for the ZX5 S trim shown below
- ZX5 has lots of room for a compact, Good Value, Mazda Engine, Food Quality is Up, Handles Very Well
- Side Airbags Not Standard, ABS Not Standard
I've owned the car (ZX5) for seven months now, long enough I think to write a resonable review.
Firstly, what's right about the car...it handles wonderfully, far better than the Ford Escort and much more comfortable. It has "command seating", translation: it sits up high so you can see the road.
The back seat has good headroom and leg room, in fact, the ZX5 is rather large for a 4 cylinder hatchback (more leg, shoulder, and headroom than comprable 2005 Civic), brakes have improved marketedly as well. I can haul quite a bit of cargo for this type, last week I had a rocking chair, 27" TV, and another wooden desk chair in the back.
My last car was '98 Mercury Tracer and I have to say the current model Focus is leaps and bounds over my previous car, although, I have to say that my Tracer was always dependable and is still doing quite well for the new owner. If you haven't driven a Ford in a few years, then try again, they've improved quite a bit.
The 136 HP engine, which it shares with the Mazda 3 (the Mazda 3 version has more HP) is peppy enough for a four cylinder, no complaints there. I think the car represents a good value, I even got an optional 6 year/75,000 mile warranty and still came out less than an import. Contray to what one person said on here the sticker under my hood (but, then again, not everyone looks there anymore) proudly proclaims that my vehicle was assembled by the UAW in Michigan. If you care, then go to UAW.org before you buy a car.
Let's talk about gas mileage, I've seen quite a few reviews talk about it either being good or bad. Your probably wondering if we're even talking about the same car?!
I've found that most of my cars will get better than the EPA estimated gas mileage (especially in the winter when I don't have to run AC) if I stay the speed limit, accelerate smoothly, and avoid quick starts and stops. The Focus ZX5's gas mileage is exactly as advertised on my window sticker (I'm usually driving by myself). If you have a short commute, go through several lights and travel at low speeds, then you, by definition, commute through a city, expect city mileage...if you drive like a maniac/racer/teenager also expect city mileage.
I'm guessing the two door or ZX3 gets better real world mileage, but, then again, they are smaller cars and weigh less. After driving several 4 banger sedans and squeezing into the back of my brothers 2 door '05 Civic, I think I'm sticking to four door hatchbacks.
Base radio with CD Player is good for a car in this class, much better than previous Ford 4 cylinders. I was surprised by the decent bass.
Now for my negative comments...
The car dash is made with hard plastic, like a guitar case. I have mixed feelings about it. It seems stiff and sturdy and it certainly won't peel like vinyl. If it lasts the test of time and doesn't crack or fade then I'll give it a thumbs up. If it doesn't last, then I'll complain to Ford, anyway, we'll see what happens after five to ten years of sun.
ABS and side airbags are not standard on this car. I'm cheap and live live on the edge, so my car doesn't have either option. Although, looking at the competition, Ford really should make these standard, heck they don't really add that much to the cost of the vehicle. Plus, they go along way to helping the safety rating of the vehicle.
I wish it had a center console for me to rest my right arm.
No lumbard on my front city.
My ZX5 could use some rear head rests. (although it's forgivable because it's a hatchback)
Slightly higher gas mileage would be nice. It gets the advertised fuel economy, I'm at peace with that.
I'm not sure if anyone can make a 4 cylinder sound and run as smoothly as a good V8. I also have a 2006 Mustang GT and it's unbelievable how much more smoothly that V8 is than your average V4. I suppose that's more of a comment than a problem.
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