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2009 Ford Focus
Price: $14,995 - $17,970
Fuel economy: 35 Hwy, 24 City
Deal: $2,000 to $3,000 off with Employee Pricing

During this summer's gas price run-up, the Focus was Ford's hero. In July, Focus sales were up 16 percent compared to the year before even as Ford's overall sales dropped 15%.

With gas prices down - way down - and the economy even worse, Focus November sales fell 38%, a little worse than Ford's overall sales.

These discounts push the cost of a compact Focus into the range of competitor's sub-compact offerings. The Focus is still a good small car for those looking for comfortable and efficient - if unexciting - daily transportation.

NEXT: 2008 Ford F-150

Last updated December 26 2008: 5:34 PM ET
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