Starting my blogging journey began with one goal in mind: to create a creative space where I could openly share thoughts, opinions and advice on all that I am passionate about! With Es de la Mode, it’s always been about keeping an open platform and not confining myself to certain topics.

Most of you know that I am crazy about beauty products and fashion, and those are likely the topics you expect to read about. But, what most of you may not know is that I am equally passionate about cars. Tapping into that sector has been on my list for the blog, so you can imagine how excited I was when the opportunity to partner up with Ford Canada came around.

This partnership inspired me to kick-start a new series on my blog called “Ride with Es”, where I plan to offer easy-to-follow and relatable car reviews, specifically catered to women. Standard car reviews often contain so much information that can often be overwhelming or is simply not relate-able. My goal is make this process clear, smooth and fun!
As the first official post in this series, I’ll be reviewing my experience with the 2017 Ford Focus Titanium. Let’s get started!

Quick Deets:

Year: 2017

Make: Ford

Model: Focus Titanium

Type: Sedan

Starting Price: $26,408

Colour: Kona Blue (8 options)


This car isn’t just a pretty face; it’s also loaded with a ton of great and easy-to-use features.

1. Keyless Entry

Pretty self-explanatory. I was in an out of this car in an instant. Less rummaging through handbag for keys, more action. We’ve all got places to go and people to see. Time is precious. Let’s move, people.

2. Active Park Assist

The parallel-parking fairy godmother. The car has sensors and a camera that can gauge distance between cars in front and behind you, so it can parallel park for you with a few simple actions on your part. It prompts you to shift, accelerate and brake. Personally, I only used this feature once and wasn’t the biggest fan. It definitely takes some getting used to, but it’s great to know it is available.

3. Spacious Beverage Holders

No need to fight over who gets the bigger one for their Venti Iced Latte. This may seem silly, but I genuinely appreciated that. Some cars make the second holder smaller for no reason and it ends up being a cellphone holder instead. Thankfully not the case here. Plenty of room in the front and back trays.

4. USB Ports x2

No arguing over who is using the charger. #FirstWorldProblems

5. Live Traffic Update

Having the live traffic update feature in the car was amazing, especially because I live in downtown Vancouver. It helped me avoid all of those unwanted run-ins with endless constructions sites.

6. SYNC® 3 Software/Bluetooth Connectivity

No lagging. Seamless and smooth transitions. All day.

I was specifically impressed with the SYNC® 3 software and Bluetooth connectivity. It was actually able to recognize the names in my phonebook when I was placing calls. You may be thinking “well, isn’t that expected?”, and you would be correct. But you see, I am ethnic, and with an ethnic background comes more ethnic names… and when you have as many “aunts” and family members as I do, having a car that can accurately recognize these names is a godsend.

Excellent sound-quality during calls; it was very clear. My friends and family on the other end mentioned that it sounded as though I was speaking directly into my mobile phone and couldn’t hear any fuzzy or distant sounds that you can sometimes experience with Bluetooth in the car!

7. Integrated Blind Spot Feature

This is a feature I genuinely believe should be standard on all vehicles. Definitely not as a substitute for shoulder-checking (which, in my opinion, is 100% mandatory when driving), but I don’t think there’s such thing as being “too safe” behind the wheel. The integrated blind spot feature located on the mirrors really offers that security by detecting nearby vehicles that we could potentially miss in our blind spots.

8. Responsive

Or “torque-y”, as I like to call it. What do I mean by this? Well, depending on the specs of the vehicle you are driving, sometimes when you press on the gas pedal, it can take a moment to “respond” (AKA how fast you move forward is not exactly representative of the pressure you are applying). This may not be a big deal to some, but to me, it really is. It’s 100% personal preference of course.

For myself, the feeling of being connected to a car when I’m driving is what I love most, and an accurate response rate is a big part of that connection for me! It also makes me feel safer because it allows me to make better judgment calls when I’m on the road.


9.Fuel Economy

is something I pay close attention to when it comes to cars, especially because I spend roughly 1.45 hours driving to and from the office every day. Aside from the work commute, I also have (somewhat) of a life, and most of those lifestyle activities require driving. Having the opportunity to compare the fuel economy in the Focus Titanium was exciting because I drive a 3.7L V6 on a day-to-day. And as fun as it is to drive, my lifestyle and constant city driving definitely results in regular rendezvous’ at the gas station.

Needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed. This bad boy got me everywhere I needed go in 6 days. To give you a better idea, I drove to and from:

  • Downtown Vancouver and South Burnaby during peak hours 5 times
  • Downtown Vancouver and UBC 1 time
  • Downtown Vancouver and West Vancouver 1 time
  • All over the downtown core

with only half a tank of gas! It was magical. The vehicle only has a 2.0L engine, and filling up is extremely reasonable. A little definitely goes a long way.

Final verdict? It’s a great overall package for your automotive dollar! Learn more about the Ford Focus line up here.

I hope you enjoyed this review! Thanks so much for stopping by.


Until next time –

xx, Es