Top Safety Pick

2009 Ford Focus

small car / 2-door coupe

2009 Ford Focus 2-door coupe

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Head restraints & seats

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2008-10 models

Tested vehicle: 2009 Ford Focus SE 2-door

The Ford Focus was restyled for the 2008 model year, and the restraint system (airbags and seat belts) was modified. In addition, side airbags were made standard (they had been optional in earlier models).

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained reasonably well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head contacted the side curtain airbag during rebound.

Despite moderate intrusion into the driver footwell area, all leg and foot injury measures were low.

Side

Rating applies to 2008-10 models

Tested vehicle: 2009 Ford Focus SE 2-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
The Ford Focus was restyled for the 2008 model year, and changes were made to the side structure to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes. In addition, the side airbag design was changed and they were made standard (they had been optional in earlier models).

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with door removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side airbags.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2008-11 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry