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Old 09-26-2013, 03:10 PM   #11
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No trouble at all. Since you seem to be an enthusiast, I thought you might want that info.
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:21 PM   #12
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Don't think I would call the Focus a family car unless your kids are small (pre-teen) because of the lack of rear legroom. Anytime I have an adult sit in the back, I have to move my seat up. For me. the lack of rear legroom doesn't matter only because I am single.

Might want to look at the Fusion or the new Mazda 6. The Mazda 6 is supposed to get close to what the Focus gets with a bigger engine. You can get stripper ones for dirt cheap. I was looking at a base one with a manual and it was under 22k.
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:32 AM   #13
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The new Fusion does come with a 6 speed manual and turbo....
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Old 09-27-2013, 10:37 AM   #14
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Don't think I would call the Focus a family car unless your kids are small (pre-teen) because of the lack of rear legroom. Anytime I have an adult sit in the back, I have to move my seat up. For me. the lack of rear legroom doesn't matter only because I am single.

Might want to look at the Fusion or the new Mazda 6. The Mazda 6 is supposed to get close to what the Focus gets with a bigger engine. You can get stripper ones for dirt cheap. I was looking at a base one with a manual and it was under 22k.
The kids are 6 and 7 years old. Both my girlfriend and are are fairly short; my pants inseam is about 29" so the seats don't sit far back at all. I'm gonna try to go sit in one today or sometime this weekend to check it out.
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The kids are 6 and 7 years old. Both my girlfriend and are are fairly short; my pants inseam is about 29" so the seats don't sit far back at all. I'm gonna try to go sit in one today or sometime this weekend to check it out.
They should be fine at that age. I'm 5'9" w/31" inseam and can comfortably sit behind the driver's seat as its set to my normal driving position.
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Is rear legroom in the new Focus really that bad? I'm 6" and I regularly carry adults in the back seat of my mk2 sedan and I've never had a complaint about legroom.

I tested a Fiesta and the rear legroom was a joke, but I thought it seemed okay when I tested a Focus? Maybe I don't sit as far back as most people my height?
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Is rear legroom in the new Focus really that bad? I'm 6" and I regularly carry adults in the back seat of my mk2 sedan and I've never had a complaint about legroom.

I tested a Fiesta and the rear legroom was a joke, but I thought it seemed okay when I tested a Focus? Maybe I don't sit as far back as most people my height?
Yes. IMO, our years feel much bigger inside, and the visibility is better. To me, coming from an 09, the new chassis is claustrophobic inside.
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Old 09-27-2013, 06:51 PM   #18
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At 6'2" I have no trouble in the back seat of my Focus. I find my step dad's Fusion no roomier and in fact a disaster for me to get into or out of, be it the front seat or back.

The issue with so many new cars is the sweeping windshield to mid roof lines. I cannot get my damned head inside cars, be it the Fusion or the Civic or a multitude of other cars. My neck, head and spine does not bend and contort that way to gain entry. We are not all 12 year olds. I once crawled into the Fusion on my hands and knees looking for a solution. Once in and seated I can't reach the door pull because my head hits the inside door frame. It's ridiculous.

I can whip into my Focus in a flash just as I can get out without gymnastics. I may have to keep it because it might be the last car I can get into smoothly.
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The Focus has several suspension setups. the standard, the sport package and the Titanium handling package. Each one is progressively better for sporty driving. The Ti handling package provides better suspension and 18" wheels with wider tires. I refer to my Focus as a Mini Lincoln as it is fully optioned. The only problem I have with my focus is leaving it parked, it is so nice to drive, and room for the wife and myself with mother out law in the back and her walker in the hatch. So lots of room for your family and all the luxury that you may want in an economical vehicle.
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I FINALLY got to drive a Focus SE, manual yesterday. I liked it but it was such a different feeling compared to the Acura TL or the Ford Fiesta. I need more seat time in the car before I choose between the Focus or the Fiesta. I test drove a 2013 Fiesta SE right after the Focus and it felt 'at home' so to speak because we used to own a Fiesta; I knew what to expect from the car and how it drove.

They are having a hard time getting rid of a dozen or so 2013 Focus models to bring in 2014 models so they are offering 3500-4000 in discounts. The Focus I'm looking at is around $19,900. It's a 2013 White Focus SE with MyFordTouch w/ Sony & Navigation, leather seats, leather steering wheel, rear disc brakes, black package (black wheels & rear spoiler), dual climate controls, and a few other doodads. It's priced at $19,9xx + TTL. I'm trying to figure out if this is a good deal or not. I really would like the in-pocket key with push-start, a sunroof, and the auto up/down windows but I would have to get the Titanium model for that. I'm not sure if I'm a fan of the leather seats, I felt like I was sitting on a bench; maybe because they're new and need to be broken in? I wish they were perforated.

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I also test drove a 2013 Fiesta SE which was pretty basic and wasn't as loaded as the 2011 Fiesta SES that we used to own that had the in-pocket key with push-start but no sunroof. The car drove great but I feel like it's lacking in tech to make me happy. I can't quite tell if I felt more comfortable in the car because I used to drive one or if I just need more seat time in the Focus.

Just to confuse things even more, I found this new 2013 Focus Titanium for $19,970 in Houston just 2.5 hours East of where I live : http://autonationfordkaty.com/Katy/F...-Car/19653812/

It's missing the navigation, can that be added in later with a module or does it need a complete MyFordTouch unit swap?
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