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2012 Ford Focus review: It parks itself, gets good mpg

CNET Car Tech reviews the 2012 Ford Focus Titanium edition.

The Focus can be had in hatchback and sedan form. Seating feels surprisingly roomy, given the size of the car. Back to review.
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2102 Ford Focus
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Following the Fiesta, the new Focus is the next car from Ford to rely on European design. The result is a sporty-looking compact with practical interior space. Ford's efforts to push fuel economy with technologies such as direct injection and electronic power steering give the Focus 38 mpg on the highway. And Sync remains a core cabin technology for connecting cell phones and MP3 players. Ford even offers automatic parallel parking as an option.

But the Focus still has a few rough edges. The automated manual transmission occasionally misfires, and the onscreen cabin tech interface is crowded. Not to mention the fact that even reaching the screen is a challenge. But an excellent voice command system makes the touch screen largely unnecessary.

Read our review of the 2012 Ford Focus Titanium.