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J dot Miller

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My new Focus SFE
« on: February 19, 2012, 01:45:58 PM »
Just traded in THE old blue car for the 2012 Focus Super Fuel Economy (SFE).




This baby gets 40 MPG highway!  She has Variable Cam Timing, cruse control, ABS, Six-Speed PowerShift™ Automatic Transmission, All-weather floor mats, Heated front seats, Heated exterior mirrors with side marker lamps...
The 5.4 swap has been called a bad idea, and considered an underpowered considerable waste of time, since 2007.

Nice to see that most don’t think that anymore.
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Re: My new Focus SFE
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2012, 06:29:29 PM »
:miller: THE MONEY MAN :afto2: ;) :) 8) :meeting: :meeting: :meeting: :pilot: :pilot: :pilot:
LETS GO CRUISING!!!!

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Re: My new Focus SFE
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2012, 07:04:23 PM »
Do not go there...  I know you make more money than me and have much less bills...

I am not retired so I need a reliable car to go to work.  Besides, this is a Ford!  It cost less than the Wife's car did.  Plus, I got $8.6k for the 2010.  Funny how new cars went down in price!  But he MPG should pay for it's self!!  :afto2:

40 MPG HIGHWAY BABY!!!!
When gas goes up to $6/ gallon I will still be on the road!
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« Last Edit: February 19, 2012, 08:11:50 PM by J.Miller »
The 5.4 swap has been called a bad idea, and considered an underpowered considerable waste of time, since 2007.

Nice to see that most don’t think that anymore.
Bondfreak13 07/28/09 09:05 PM

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Re: My new Focus SFE
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2012, 05:19:28 AM »
Here is some info by Bill Visnic, Motor Matters Paid Advertising Content pressofAtlanticCity.com

The point of the 2012 Ford Focus SFE - a special high-efficiency optimization package -- isn't so much about its 40 miles per gallon highway rating as it is the fact you have to give up none of the Focus' intrinsic goodness to get to that 40-mpg economy. Car-company marketers are convinced today's efficiency-minded buyers want to see a "40-mpg" rating. Some are even fearful their small cars might not sell without it.

Ford probably thought the SFE setup would appeal mainly to penny-pinchers, so it's unavailable for the Focus 5-door hatchback, which many believe to be the better-looking of the two 2012 Focus body styles. This is only a minor annoyance, as the Focus 4-door sedan's sheet metal is not unsexy. Leaving the Hyundai Elantra out of the equation, the 4-door and 5-door Focus makes for what probably are the most premium-looking compact cars on the road.

The triumph of the 160-horsepower Focus SFE is that you get the coveted 40-mpg rating and don't have to sacrifice any of the new 2012 Focus' already renowned refinement. That includes not having to manually shift for yourself: the only way to get the $495 SFE package is to get a Focus in the midgrade SE trim with an automatic transmission. Many "high economy" packages of the past typically have required a manual transmission on the path to fuel frugality.

The automatic PowerShift has six forward gears, and that's good. But the design is a new and slightly acquired taste. As opposed to a conventional automatic with its creamy torque converter to impart the automatic transmission "feel" we're all accustomed to, the PowerShift actually is a manual transmission with a sophisticated module to "automatically" manipulate its twin clutches. It's not a new fad -- Volkswagen, Audi and BMW have offered these dual-clutch automated manuals for some time -- but Ford's calibration of this "automatic" transmission has left many cool to its sometimes erratic and abrupt mannerisms. We don't find the Focus SFE's Powershift transmission a deal-breaker, but we'll say others do a better job programming these high-tech automatics.

The PowerShift intrinsically is a manual transmission, and that's one of the things that help the Focus SFE hit its magic highway fuel-economy number. Other modifications include active "shutters" on the front grille that selectively vary airflow to the radiator when it doesn't need much cooling air, low-rolling resistance 16-inch tires, aerodynamic wheel covers and a rear spoiler.

Whether you achieve 40 mpg on the highway with the Focus SFE will be dependent on many factors. Seeing 35 mpg on the onboard fuel-economy readout was no problem. Teasing those screen readouts into the 40s takes more talent, fortitude, a good tailwind, plus an excruciatingly patient right foot. Like most of the cars you'll see advertising 40-mpg highway numbers, it's probably best to figure on 35 mpg, which still gets you a long way, even on the Focus SFE's small 12.4-gallon fuel tank.

Back to that "no sacrifices" thing. The Focus SFE comes with the same outstanding ride quality and nimble dynamics that we've enjoyed on every version of the new 2012 Focus. To get the big efficiency numbers, you used to have to drive a "stripper," but the Focus SFE isn't anything like that. The interior is first-class, with materials that Ford manages to make look better than they probably cost. In any trim -- even the "fuel economy special" -- the new-generation 2012 Focus is a seriously classy compact car.

SPECIFICATIONS

2012 FORD FOCUS SFE

VEHICLE TYPE___________________5-passenger FWD compact sedan

BASE PRICE_____________________ $17,400

MOTOR TYPE___________________ 16-valve DOHC 4-cylinder w/DGI

DISPLACEMENT_________________ 2.0-liter

HORSEPOWER (net)______________ 160 at 6500 rpm

TORQUE (lb.-ft.)_________________ 146 at 4450 rpm

TRANSMISSION_________________ 6-speed dual-clutch automated manual

WHEELBASE____________________ 104.3 in.

OVERALL LENGTH_______________ 178.5 in.

TURNING CIRCLE (curb-to-curb)__ 36 ft.

FUEL CAPACITY________________ 12.4 gal.

EPA MILEAGE RATING___________ 28 mpg city, 40 mpg highway
The 5.4 swap has been called a bad idea, and considered an underpowered considerable waste of time, since 2007.

Nice to see that most don’t think that anymore.
Bondfreak13 07/28/09 09:05 PM