What Are the Differences Between the 2009 Ford Focus S, SE, SEL, and SES?

The 2009 Ford Focus has four trim levels, with the S being the base level. The next highest trim level is the SE, which is followed by the SES and the SEL. The SE includes power windows and doors and offers additional audio options. The SES has larger wheels and a spoiler, and the top-of-the-line SEL has heated, leather front seats.

The biggest difference between the 2009 Ford Focus trim levels is that features that are optional on the lower trim levels come standard on the higher trim levels. The base S model comes with a four-speaker audio system with a CD player and 15-inch wheels. Satellite radio is an option on the S model but comes standard on the SE model. The SE model options include Sync, a CD changer, cruise control and an upgraded driver seat. The SES trim comes standard with cruise control and Sync and offers 16-inch wheels, fog lamps and a spoiler.

The SEL has all of the SES features as well as leather seats and heated front seats. All of the 2009 Ford Focus trim levels share the same engine and come standard with a manual transmission, though an automatic transmission option is available. The coupe body style is only available in the SE and SES trims, which have standard features similar to the sedan trim levels, the notable difference being that the SES coupe comes with 17-inch wheels.