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Hello all,
I am in process of making a decision of whether to purchase a 2012 Focus.
My biggest concerns are the quietness and comfort, they are the make or break factors for me. I'd like those of you who own or test drove the Focus to share your experience on this matter. I also read the reviews on the Focus but none of them are particular about how quiet the Focus is compare to say the Elantra, Cruze or Civic. Hopefully you all can help me with this one too. Thank you very much
 

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I test drove a Focus, Cruze, Civic, Fusion, Prius, Sonata, Escape, Fiat 500, Accord, GTI, Golf.

The Focus wasn't the loudest of the bunch, nor the softest. Road noise varies on so many conditions, your tires (very important), road surface, weather, etc. My test drives were a mix of small-town and country highway, no big-city traffic. Weather conditions did vary from light rain to clear spring day. None included snow. None included dirt roads. None of the vehicles were so loud that I would have never driven them, unless you have sensitive hearing I don't think you would rule any of them out either.

For me, comfort, ride, handling, cargo space and MPG were the important factors. Focus had the best combination for me.

In the worst case I can always turn the radio up louder. [drummer]
 

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It's much quieter than my old Volkswagen R32 (and not just the exhaust noise), as well as the Mazda3 rental I had recently.

Definitely test-drive a few different cars, but I think you'll be pleased with the Focus.
 

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Would you guys take a focus SEL w/302A package or a 11'fusion SE with Sync+auto tranny+reverse system ( they are about the same price at the moment)? I am still debating on this one. I test drove both of them but still very indecisive. I'd appreciate any of your input. Thanks
 

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Would you guys take a focus SEL w/302A package or a 11'fusion SE with Sync+auto tranny+reverse system ( they are about the same price at the moment)? I am still debating on this one. I test drove both of them but still very indecisive. I'd appreciate any of your input. Thanks
All the cool kids are getting a focus.

This probably isn't the best forum to ask if a Focus is better than any other car.
 

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Posted via FF Mobile The focus is supposedly quieter then the competition, especially the titanium which was supposed to get extra sound deadening. Most comfortable, depends on your definition of comfort. Its a comfortable ride and absorbs bumps and other road imperfections pretty well, but this isnt a floaty boat that wont communicate the road to you...if you want that buy a corolla, civic or even the elantra. Regardless of the new electronic assiters the focus is still tuned to provide you with good feedback through the steering wheel and pedals....not everyone likes or cares about that kinda thing, usually those are your toyota, lincoln or buick buyers. The focus offers the best balance of comfort and sporty handling.
 

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Posted via FF Mobile The focus is supposedly quieter then the competition, especially the titanium which was supposed to get extra sound deadening. Most comfortable, depends on your definition of comfort. Its a comfortable ride and absorbs bumps and other road imperfections pretty well, but this isnt a floaty boat that wont communicate the road to you...if you want that buy a corolla, civic or even the elantra. Regardless of the new electronic assiters the focus is still tuned to provide you with good feedback through the steering wheel and pedals....not everyone likes or cares about that kinda thing, usually those are your toyota, lincoln or buick buyers. The focus offers the best balance of comfort and sporty handling.
How do you know that the titanium gets extra sound deadening? If so, could you share a source or reference about this? THanks
 

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My SE isn't as quiet as my Saab 93 when it comes to road noise, but the engine is darn near mute until about 2k rpm... which makes starting out in 1st a little tricky.

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I have driven most of the cars you have mentioned - many of them more than once, and I can report that the Focus is one of the quieter cars in the segment. It is definitely more quiet and refined than the 2011 Elantra, Mazda3, Forte and Corolla. I think that the Cruz (ECO 6spd) is comparable to my Focus SE in terms of overall refinement. I am not sure about the Civic. I have read mixed reviews of its refinement/quiet(ness)... it would definitely help to drive them all on the same day and in the same area. I definitely agree with some of the people on this forum that tires, road surface, weather and such make a really big difference. All I can say is that, so far I am very satisfied with the Focus in that regard - it's honestly one of the primary reasons I chose it in the end over the others. The rather loud and busy road manners (and its reliability...) of my 2007 MINI Cooper S motivated my search for a more quiet and refined car.
 

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Hi, just remember like has to be compared for like, 18" wheels can generate more noise than 16", different road surfaces will too have a greater or lesser affect. Thus asking this question can get subjective responses depending on how and what is being compared. However, the focus is considered to be one of the quietest and most refined cars in its class. I've driven both the zetec diesel version over here and a ti 1.6 ecoboost. I would say that under the conditions I drove them there was not much to choose between them as far as road noise ws concerned. I did notice the diesel engine a bit more, however it was better suppressed than my 2.0l Mk4 Mondeo diesel, the petrol engine was so quiet sometimes I had to check the engine was still running. One thing I did notice was more wind rustle from the wing mirrors, more so than my own car, but I wouldn't consider it intrusive just there in the background and easily suppessed by the stereo. Having said that this might be more apparent because the rest of the car is so quiet.
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If you feel the rear wheel well it is made of a polymer fabric. Some may look at this as cheap but it's acoustically dampening. It helps deaden the road noise.
 

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There used to be a technology that some automakers were developing to sandwich a piece of plastic between two sheets of steel for sound deadening. Anyone know if the Focus uses this tech? It couldn't really be used in structurally important areas, but the wheel wells were a prime candidate
 

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Everytime I get into my Focus and take a drive I'm more impressed with this car. The car looks & feels like a much more expensive vehicle - - very solidly built, quiet and a pleasure to drive. It's really hard to put it into words - - but I can tell you - - this is the small car that I've wanted Ford to build since I bought my 1st Escort in 1981. The refinement in this 2012 Focus puts it worlds apart from Ford's 1st attempt at making a "World Car" in 1981!
 
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