Call it a comeback

Behind the Wheel | Auto Focus: 2012 Ford Focus 5-Door Hatchback

January 25, 2012 Reviews : Behind the Wheel By Photo by BH

In America, the hatchback has long fought an uphill battle — garnering the scorn and disdain of image conscious buyers who prefer the look of a sedan or coupe. The thing is, regardless of mass public opinion, we think hatchbacks are great, especially on smaller vehicles where the proportions, engineering and design seem to jive blend perfectly into an automotive smoothie. Hatchbacks can also be incredibly fun to drive, downright agile even, thanks to the combination of lightweight design and potent engines like the one we tested. Long devoid of the attention it deserved, Ford has reinvigorated the 2012 Ford Focus with shockingly good looks (even in our Just Blaze livery), a healthy engine paired to a (gasp) twin-clutch transmission and loads of luxe-only tech — part of Ford’s ongoing mission to become a technology-forward company. The new Focus is no longer the econobox of yore. It’s just downright awesome.

Bradley Hasemeyer

Who am I? I am someone who believes that people's profiles for online dating sites are not who they are but who they think they are. So I'm trying to factor that into what I say about me. I am someone who keeps learning about who I am. I am curious, childlike and quick-witted. My three weaknesses are anything clothes, cars or culinary related. I grew up in Tennessee but now reside in the wonderous city of Los Angeles doing millions of different things. I'd rather be good at a lot of different things than the best at one - so DJ house parties, have a boutique catering company, perform stand-up comedy and travel whenever possible. What I love about GP is that it's about being the best man we can which means evolvoing, learning about ourselves and those around us. I am passionate about life - sharing it, making it, living it. I'm stoked about you joining us on this journey. Word up.

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