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The great features of a Ford Focus, plus the unique perks of an electric vehicle.

Ford Focus Electric Review | CarMax

With all the advantages of an electric vehicle and the sleek curves and interior touches of a traditional Ford Focus, the Ford Focus Electric is a winner on two levels. This Ford Focus Electric car article shares 10 key reasons why this car is a hit with CarMax customers. 

1. It keeps your gas consumption in check.

In our 2017 hybrids and electric cars survey, drivers told us that they enjoy saving money with their fuel-less and hybrid cars. Your savings will add up — fueleconomy.gov says driving a 2015 Ford Focus Electric can help you save $3,750 over five years of ownership compared to driving an average gasoline-powered vehicle (based on a 15,000-mile-per-year mix of highway and city driving and current fuel prices).

2. Extended mileage on a charge.

With advances in battery technology, the range of electric cars seems to grow with each passing year. The Ford Focus Electric’s range on a single charge varies from 76 miles for the 2015 Ford Focus Electric to more than 100 miles for the 2017 Ford Focus Electric.** While much depends on how you drive and how you use its amenities (like the heater or heated seats), this is typically more than enough for a commute to work or school.

3. It doesn't require a special charger.

Charging stations are popping up all over the country as cars like the 2014 Ford Focus Electric become more popular. What's even more convenient, though, is the ability to charge the Ford Focus Electric car at your home, overnight, using a standard 120v outlet.  Just be sure to allow for the extra time to do this, since according to Ford, it can take about 20 hours to top off your battery using regular wall current. A number of chargers are available from a variety of companies and are designed to dramatically reduce the charge time. For example, according to Ford, a 2016 Focus Electric battery can be recharged in about 3.6 hours at a 240v charging station­.

Keep in mind that when you’re driving an electric car like the Ford Focus Electric, you’re recovering energy every time you apply the brakes; this regenerative braking feature helps put charge back in your battery — and you can see just how much energy you’re plugging back in on your easy-to-read instrument cluster’s readout.

4. Its styling is familiar to Focus fans.

Ford has built this electric vehicle around its gas-powered brother’s existing good looks and features.

If you want an electric vehicle that won’t compromise on conventional sedan or hatchback style, the Ford Focus Electric fits the bill. Sure, some specific gas-powered Focus features are missing, like grill vents and tailpipes. But otherwise, unless you know where to find the external charging port, it’s tough to tell a Ford Focus Electric from the gasoline model when they're parked next to each other. If you’re looking to drive an electric car that doesn’t scream ‘Look at me, I’m driving an electric car!’ the Focus Electric lets you keep your EV profile low-key.

5. The interior layout is conventional too.

Inside the Ford Focus Electric car, you'll find familiar features that help keep your drives comfortable. In addition to the cloth seats that come standard, leather seats are available as part of upgraded feature packages. There’s ample head and legroom for five adults, plus the 2017 model offers the option to change the color of the cabin’s interior lighting to suit your mood.

6. It's responsive.

If there’s one thing that a Ford Focus electric car driver won’t have to worry about, it's their cars’ ability to hold their own on the highway. The official zero-to-60 time is just shy of 10 seconds for all of the Ford Focus Electric cars when new, and the 2014 Ford Focus Electric’s motor puts out the equivalent of 143 horsepower, which gives the car plenty of power. According to Car & Driver magazine, it takes less than 18 seconds for the 2017 Focus Electric to travel a quarter mile.

7. Its dashboard won’t overload you with data.

Ford Focus Electric Review: Dashboard | CarMax

The instrument cluster is laid out simply, in a way that gives drivers the info they need without a lot of confusing fanfare. The battery range data is isolated to the left of the instrument cluster, for example. Another readout tells you how your driving style affects your battery life. Later-model cars (2016 and beyond) let you customize your instrument cluster data to your liking.

8. It's comfortable.

When you test drive a Ford Focus Electric car, expect a quiet ride. Without an exhaust system or a transmission that’s always changing gears, this electric vehicle certainly delivers that experience. And its suspension is similar to what you’ll find on a conventional Ford Focus — it helps you weather all the bumps and dips.

9. It has built-in efficiency parameters.

Calling the Ford Focus Electric a “smart” vehicle isn't too much of a stretch. This is because the engineers built it with conservation in mind. In addition to capping the rate of acceleration to conserve battery life, Car & Driver reports the 2016 Ford Focus Electric has a top speed of 85 mph. Yes, the Ford Focus Electric’s performance will never be confused with that of a highway-scorching hot-hatch like the Ford Focus RS or Focus ST. Efficiency is its reason for being.**

10. It's chock full of features.

Drivers will be pleased to know that Ford patterned this electric vehicle after its gas-fueled brother, the Ford Focus. The 2017 Ford Focus Electric has a lot to offer, including:

  • Xenon headlights
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Ford Focus Electric mobile app that helps you monitor your vehicle’s status
  • LED taillights
  • Sync voice-command functionality
  • Bluetooth®
  • Nine-speaker Sony® audio system
  • Heated front seats
  • MyFord Touch® infotainment system with touchscreen and battery monitoring
  • Rearview camera
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Seven airbags including in the front, driver knee, front side, and full-length side curtain
  • Electronic traction and stability control
  • Dual-zone, automatic climate control

Available package options in the newer (2017) Ford Focus Electric cars include an upgrade to leather seats, bundled with a center armrest for back-seat passengers, and a six-way, power-adjustable driver seat.

Electric cars and hybrid vehicles are growing in popularity with US drivers these days. And used vehicles like the 2015 Ford Focus Electric in particular, can average less than $12,000 at CarMax. This can be a smart and budget-friendly choice for first-time electric car shoppers.

In addition to the Focus Electric, CarMax offers many low-mileage used hybrid vehicles, like those you’ll find on our lists of CarMax’s top hybrid cars of 2016 and 10 popular mpg-boosting electric and hybrid cars. Other all-electric options at CarMax include the used Nissan LEAF and the BMW i3.

For drivers who want to save money and time at the gas pump, a used Ford Focus Electric car can help them realize their wishes.

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**Range and mileage are based on EPA estimates for vehicles when sold as new. Range will vary based on, among other things, battery age, vehicle condition, and driving conditions. Battery range may decrease with time and use. See fueleconomy.gov and store for details.