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2011 Ford Focus Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Ford Focus was new.


Interior: 7.7

The 2011 Focus wins over most of the automotive press with its Sync infotainment system and comfortable front seats. Nonetheless, the Focus falls behind many competitors in categories like cargo space, standard interior features and interior quality. 

  • "Interior materials disappoint overall. The dashboard on the SES model is dominated by dull, silvery plastic trim, which suggests cost cutting. Even the available leather trim looks low grade. One test sedan suffered from several misaligned body panels and poorly upholstered rear bench seat." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Inside, the Focus displays functionality and boasts upgraded materials. The 'organic' dash contouring that made the original Focus so youth-oriented gives way to a more traditional design, netting improved storage spaces, better-positioned controls and attractive ice-blue backlighting." -- Kelley Blue Book


The front seats in the Ford Focus get the thumbs up from reviewers for offering good support and plenty of head- and legroom. The Focus is built to seat five, but there are still numerous complaints about rear passengers' lack of legroom and cramped headspace, particularly in the coupe. For a more comfortable rear seat, check out the Nissan Versa.

  • "Redesigned bucket seats provide more comfort and support up front." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Legroom is quite good for the class, and headroom is outstanding in models that don't have the sunroof. Headroom is still good in Focuses that do have it. The seats are generally supportive, though some testers found them to be too flat for ideal long-distance comfort. Large door openings ease entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Reviewers describe the Focus’ cabin as user-friendly, even if the materials aren't as nice as what some competitors offer. The Focus also doesn’t have quite the same extensive list of standard interior features that class competitors offer. 

Ford’s optional Sync infotainment system offers a variety of functions like turn-by-turn navigation, real time traffic and the ability to sync your cell phone to the car -- all operated by your voice. The system receives mixed reviews from the automotive press. Reviewers really like the fact that it syncs with your phone’s address book, enabling it to read you text messages, but they report some issues with voice recognition by the system.

  • "Optional Leather Upholstery -- Available on SES and standard on SEL models, it adds a touch of class to the interior of either the coupe or sedan." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Sync is a hit-or-miss affair. It works fairly well as a voice-controlled system for MP3 players. At times, though, it wouldn't recognize the voices of some of our testers. Sync's cell-phone integration isn't as easy to use as some rivals. While its voice command generally worked well, some of Sync's functions, such as pairing a phone to the system, were not very intuitive." -- Consumer Guide
  • "SYNC In-Car Communications System -- Developed in conjunction with Microsoft, this state-of-the-art in-car hands-free cell phone and personal media player interface is remarkably functional and amazingly affordable at under $500." -- Kelley Blue Book


Both the 2011 Focus sedan and coupe have split-folding rear seats and offer 13.8 cubic feet of trunk space, which many reviewers consider generous. Interior storage, however, is considered only average for the class, with enough cubbies to make it seem adequate but nowhere near enough to make it exceptional.

  • "The trunklid uses space-saving strut-type hinges. All models have low liftover, plus split-folding rear seatbacks for added versatility. The cargo area is usefully shaped, but the subwoofer used by the optional audio system cuts into cargo room. Interior storage is merely OK. The glovebox is skimpy, as are the front-door map pockets. The center console storage bin is deep, but its opening is small." -- Consumer Guide

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