Constructed on the outskirts of Detroit—for one more 12 months or so—and with a well-deserved spot in driveways throughout the nation, the Ford Focus is as American as apple pie. Throughout its journeys, the Focus has collected many presents, and it has bestowed them on the American shopper; amongst them are lithe dealing with and spectacular gas effectivity. Sadly, these presents include some compromises. The Focus is outclassed by bigger rivals that provide extra passenger house, bigger cargo holds, and extra trendy options. Nonetheless, it is a simple automobile to suggest, and its two physique kinds—hatchback and sedan—supply broad attraction. There are even high-performance ST and RS variations and a plug-in electrical mannequin, however we evaluation these fashions individually.
Notice that the Focus has ceased manufacturing; 2018 was the final 12 months it was made.
What’s New for 2018?
The SE EcoBoost Look bundle is now the SE Look bundle and is obtainable on all SE fashions no matter engine alternative. The remainder of the updates really contain decreasing gear on S, SE, and SEL fashions. These modifications embody two-way adjustable headrests that substitute final 12 months’s four-way adjustable models, the deletion of the turn-signal indicators on exterior mirrors of SE trims, the deletion of rear-seat flooring mats in S fashions, and the disappearance of the auxiliary enter jack and door-release deal with ambient lighting components in all fashions. SE and SEL fashions not come outfitted with a driver’s-side seatback map pocket, and the single-disc CD participant has been faraway from S and SE fashions.
Pricing and Which One to Purchase
The Focus is obtainable as a sedan and for more money as a hatchback. We would gladly pay the extra dough for the Focus SEL hatchback ($22,545) for its elevated practicality and gear. Choosing the SEL will get you a six-speed dual-clutch automated transmission, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and dual-zone automated local weather management. Being Midwesterners, we might additionally choose the Chilly Climate bundle, which incorporates heated entrance seats and a heated steering wheel to make frigid mornings much less disagreeable.
Engine, Transmission, and Efficiency
Likes: Guide transmission is obtainable, nice steering, enjoyable to drive.
Dislikes: Six-speed automated is unrefined, each the four-cylinder and three-cylinder engines are gradual.
Not one of the Focus’s powertrains are notably inspiring. The usual four-cylinder is just not as punchy because the turbocharged engines obtainable in lots of rivals, whereas the tiny, environment friendly turbo three-cylinder obtainable on the sedan is overmatched by the Focus’s weight.
The Focus is likely one of the extra amusing automobiles in its section to hustle down a twisty highway. Its fun-to-drive nature would not come on the expense of consolation, both, because the Focus boasts a composed journey and a comparatively remoted inside that make it really feel costlier than it’s.
Gas Economic system and Actual-World MPG
The Focus makes up for its lackluster energy with spectacular effectivity. It is among the many greatest gas sippers in its section, outperforming its common EPA scores—and most of its rivals—in our real-world testing with a results of 38 mpg. For those who’re looking for most gas effectivity, the turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder with the usual six-speed handbook is the setup to decide on. It comes customary with an engine cease/begin system and is rated at 40 mpg freeway by the EPA.
Inside, Infotainment, and Cargo
Likes: Simple-to-use non-obligatory infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can be found.
Dislikes: Cramped again seat, outdated inside design, disappointing customary infotainment system.
The Focus has gone a very long time with out an inside overhaul, and its widespread use of plastic trim and outdated-looking cabin are clearly weak factors. No less than the controls are principally simple and straightforward to make use of. Your family and friends will not get pleasure from being stuffed into the small rear quarters of the Focus, as legroom for back-seat passengers is sorely missing in contrast with almost all of its rivals. Small home windows do not assist alleviate the claustrophobic really feel of the inside.
The non-obligatory touchscreen infotainment system—known as Sync 3—is refreshingly simple to make use of, with well-organized menus and huge on-screen buttons. The bottom setup makes use of a a lot smaller display screen and gives far fewer connectivity options. We suggest stepping as much as both the SEL or Titanium trims, which have the extra superior system with an 8.0-inch touchscreen. Sync 3 is straightforward to make use of and helps Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
Practicality is just not the Focus’s robust swimsuit. Whereas its cargo-carrying numbers are common, cupboard space for small objects within the cabin is missing. In our testing, it match 4 of our carry-on suitcases with the rear seats in use and 15 carry-ons with the rear seats folded.
Security and Driver-Help Options
The Focus achieves solely common crash-test outcomes and lacks lots of the lively security options of its competitors. Whereas it achieved a five-star ranking from the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration (NHTSA), it lags behind within the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security’s small overlap crash take a look at, the place it solely achieves an Acceptable ranking—most of its newer rivals had been rated Good on this take a look at. Few lively security options can be found, and those which can be—specifically blind-spot monitoring and lane-departure warning—are solely supplied as a part of an possibility bundle on the highest Titanium trim degree, that means you may pay greater than $25,000 for a Focus so outfitted. Key security options embody:
- Obtainable blind-spot monitor
- Obtainable lane-departure warning
- Obtainable lane-keeping help
Guarantee and Upkeep Protection
Ford’s guarantee program is fully common amongst its friends, with out the complimentary scheduled upkeep that GM gives on lots of its autos.
- Restricted guarantee covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain guarantee covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled upkeep