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Ford Focus RS Review | CarMax

For decades, the Ford Focus has had a strong following. But for many years, the Focus devotees have been demanding a higher-performance version of their hatchback. In 2016, Ford delivered when they introduced the Ford Focus RS. Since its inception in 2016, the Focus RS has become almost as well loved as the traditional Focus itself. Check out our Ford Focus RS review below to find out more about this unique hatchback:

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Powerful Standard Engine

The Ford Focus RS is all about power and performance, and that is made abundantly clear in its powerful standard engine across the 2016 and 2017 model years. Specifically, both model years come with a turbocharged 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine at 350 horsepower. You’ll also be delighted that this vehicle comes standard with all-wheel drive.

2. Plenty of Options

Ford Focus RS: Front Seats | CarMax

Despite being available in just one trim/configuration, there are plenty of ways to customize your Ford Focus RS with various packages. Both the 2016 and 2017 model years offer an RS2 package, which includes a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, and heated side mirrors. It also includes leather upholstery with suede inserts. Another package option is the Winter & Wheel Package, which offers winter tires and larger 18-inch wheels.

3. Generous Standard Features

Even without any of the add-on packages, the Ford Focus RS comes with some generous standard features. In both the 2016 and 2017 model years alike, standard features include blind-spot mirrors, front Recaro sport seats, 10-speaker sound system, 8-inch touchscreen interface, Bluetooth® connectivity, and smartphone integration. The Ford Focus RS also comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and push-button start.

4. Stylish and Spacious Interior

Ford Focus RS: Back Seats | CarMax

Drivers and passengers will enjoy the well-appointed interior on the Ford Focus RS. Outfitted with soft materials and a stylish design, the Focus RS offers a surprising amount of head and leg room for both front- and back-seat passengers.

5. User-Friendly Infotainment

Ford Focus RS: Dashboard | CarMax

The Ford Focus RS comes standard with the Ford Sync 3 infotainment system, which includes a standard 8-inch touchscreen display with a user-friendly interface that is similar to that of a smartphone. The 2016 and 2017 Ford Focus RS offers standard smartphone integration for both Android and Apple devices that's easy to use and set up.

What You Need to Know

Ford Focus RS Average CarMax Prices1

  • 2016: Average prices less than $34,500.
  • 2017: Average prices less than $36,000.

Ford Focus RS Trims and Packages

The 2017 Ford Focus RS comes in just one trim offering, but there are options to customize your ride.

  • RS2 Package - The available RS2 package adds features like heated exterior mirrors, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. It also includes a navigation system, leather upholstery, and a six-way powered driver's seat for added comfort.
  • Winter Tire & Wheel Package - This package adds winter tires on upgraded 18-inch wheels.
  • Other Add-Ons - Individual add-ons available on the 2017 Ford Focus RS includes a sunroof, larger 19-inch wheels, and sport tires.

Ford Focus RS Interior

Ford Focus RS: Cargo | CarMax

In terms of Ford Focus RS cargo space, the 2017 Focus RS offers 19.9 cubic feet of storage behind its rear row of seats. The 2017 Ford Focus RS trunk space with rear seats folded down is closer to 24 cubic feet, which is in-line with most hatchback sedans.

Ford Focus RS Colors

The 2017 Ford Focus RS is available in four exterior color options:

  • Frozen White
  • Nitrous Blue Quad-Coat
  • Shadow Black
  • Stealth Gray

Ford Focus RS Engine and Transmission

The 2017 Ford Focus RS comes standard with a turbocharged 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine at 350 horsepower. It also comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, all-wheel drive, and a unique engine stop-start system.

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What's New For 2018?

For 2018, the Ford Focus RS sees some additional standard features that were add-ons in previous model years. This includes the unique Recaro front seats and navigation system. For this model year, the Ford Focus RS also sees larger standard wheels (19-inches) and a mechanical front limited-slip differential. Other than these minor upgrades, the 2018 Ford Focus RS remains mostly unchanged.

The Bottom Line

For those who like the unique hatchback styling of the Ford Focus but want something with more power behind the wheel, the high-performance Ford Focus RS is a worthy contender. Although it only comes in one trim option, there are plenty of opportunities to customize your ride—and you'll enjoy some generous standard features along the way.

1Based on CarMax average prices between March 1, 2018, and August 31, 2018. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features, and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
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