Seven New Cars We Wish Were April Fools' Day Jokes

[UPDATE: Also check out our top ten list of the best...or was it the worst...April Fools' Day automotive gags.] Occasionally, an automaker likes to have a little fun on April Fools' Day by announcing a car so ridiculous it couldn't possibly be real. Unfortunately, what happens more often than not is that an… » 4/01/08 3:16pm 4/01/08 3:16pm

Microsoft Sync In The Ford Focus SE, The Roundup

I spent the better part of a week, tooling around in a 2008 Ford Focus SE, with one task at hand: to determine whether this newfangled Microsoft Sync system is all it's cracked up to be. I laughed, I cried, I made some calls, and in the end found Sync to be basically sweet. Not that me and Sync didn't have a few… » 2/01/08 4:00pm 2/01/08 4:00pm

Microsoft Sync in a 2008 Ford Focus SE Road Test: Part 3

It's part three of my adventures with the Microsoft Sync. I unboxed the hell out of it, then attempted to set up the entire system and now I am going to take the 2008 Ford Focus SE out on a joy-of-technology ride around the greater Dallas area, try to not kill anyone in the process. Check out the video review above… » 1/30/08 3:30pm 1/30/08 3:30pm

Microsoft Sync Setup in the 2008 Ford Focus SE: Part 2

The "unboxing" of Sync yesterday didn't go quite as well as I was hoping, but no fear, there's a trusty 80-page manual to guide me through setting up the Sync in-car entertainment system. I was able to connect my Zune to the system pretty easily yesterday, so today's setup revolved mostly around setting up my… » 1/29/08 2:15pm 1/29/08 2:15pm

Bill Gates Drives a Ford Focus 2-Door?

If you're like us and you too sit at the bleeding edge intersection of technology and cars, then you've spent some time checking out our gadget-obsessed brother site's coverage of CES this weekend. Most important to those of us of the auto-obsessive variety — was the Bill Gates keynote tonight because we knew we'd… » 1/06/08 10:31pm 1/06/08 10:31pm

Pay $278,000 for New Home, Get Free 2008 Ford Focus

We knew someone trying to give away an '08 Ford Focus was an all but certain eventuality. But with all the offers out there in the Metro Detroit area for free leases on Land Rovers with a condo purchase, we never thought a seller would sync sink this low. That's right, buy a new all-sports waterfront home for $278,000… » 12/14/07 12:45pm 12/14/07 12:45pm

2008 Ford Focus Coupe, Part 3

Why you should buy this car:
You love the Sync system more than you love driving.

Why you should not buy this car:
You love driving more than you love the Sync system. » 10/18/07 3:30pm 10/18/07 3:30pm

2008 Ford Focus Coupe, Part 2

Exterior Design: zero stars
It's fugly. I feel like Ford asked three designers to work on separate designs for the 2008 Focus. Then the designers sat down with Ford's executive team and, rather than have to be mean to any one of the designers, they just used all of the designs. At once. We've awarded the 2008 Focus no… » 10/17/07 1:00pm 10/17/07 1:00pm

2008 Ford Focus Coupe, Part 1

If Ford's "Hi, I'm Dave" design language has created a Gillette-like lineup of Ford products, then the new 2008 Ford Focus is the most disposable of the family. From the tip of the dual-bar chrome grille, along a set of faux side vents all the way to the high rear end and large badge letters spelling its name, the… » 10/16/07 1:00pm 10/16/07 1:00pm