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Another nice writeup....not a glowing as Topgear but still very positive
 

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Good review. Surprised about the complaints of the too tall 6th gear.
Yeah, me too. It's a cruising gear, and if you drive a stick, just how often are you going to have to downshift when you're cruising.

And seriously, how many competitors in the segment even have a six speed? Not the Subies or MS3s, that's for sure.

All that distances the high-performance Focus from real greatness is some fine-tuning. We'd like to see the computer-controlled cleverness scaled back in favor of a more homogenous steering and suspension setup. And while Ford is at it, its engineers and designers could bring some order into what must be one of the world's messiest center stacks.
So, um, fine tuning=completely different chassis, suspension and center console?
 

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MS3's have a six speed. I'm happy for once to have an overdrive gear on the highway, so I'm not cruising at 3500+ RPM. Downshifting to pass is where the fun is on the highway.

Automobile Mag has always been a little off and against the grain. I'm anxiously waiting for C&D to review it.
 
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