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2012 Ford Focus ECOnetic

Published July 28, 2012

Are you looking to get a car that can be driven for several miles without being too heavy on your pocket with the fuel costs? At the same time are you not willing to buy hybrids and electrics because they are either overpriced or lack features? Well then there is finally an alternative offered for you. This comes in the diesel run Focus ECOnetic from Ford. With an optimized engine and hardware, the 2012 Ford Focus ECOnetic will be able to deliver you a combined average of about 80 miles a gallon- yes you read it right- EIGHTY!

Let’s begin about the exteriors first. The exteriors of the 2012 Ford Focus ECOnetic are appealing and soothing to the eyes. A grille covers a good part of the lower front end, with the rest been taken up by the headlights- which have been pretty decently designed. The grilles are also given the innovative new feature called the “Active Grille Shutter” which adjusts the aerodynamic outflow of the Focus ECOnetic by controlling the airflow through the grille to the cooling system and engine compartment. The sides of the 2012 Ford Focus ECOnetic have been designed out pretty nicely and present a rather attractive overall appearance. The rear follows the suite from the front end too, and the headlights have been designed in a correspondingly decent fashion.

The interiors of the 2012 Ford Focus ECOnetic are however a disappointment. The seats look like they belong to a car that was designed under a very low budget. The overall seating space is alright though.  The front entertainment system displays is also a pretty standard one with nothing out of the box about it to mention about.

The 2012 Ford Focus ECOnetic carries a 1.6 liter Ford Duratorq TDCi engine. It delivers only a modest 103 HP. It is run on a six speed manual transmission. The 0-60 mph is not going to be anything to boast about- near 12 seconds at best.

Several different tweaks have been done to the engine of the Ford Focus ECOnetic to get the fuel economy values as high as 80 mpg combined. For the starters, Ford Automatic start stop, Shift indicator, Smart Charging and Ford Eco Mode are some of the features that have been added to the ECOnetic. The fuel injection system has been completely reworked over in detail. Eight hole nano sac injectors which work at pressure values of over 1600 atm have been arranged. The overall engine management system has also been upgraded. What this means is that the fuel is burned more efficiently and this is the main cause of subsequently higher fuel consumption values.

Many alternatives like the Nissan Versa, Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic are available in the market, but it is worth a mention that, none of these cars actually manages to get near the 80 mpg delivered by the 2012 Ford Focus ECOnetic. The modest horsepower and acceleration times are also justified considering the fuel economy. However we do feel a hitch with the quality of interiors available.

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