2012 Ford Focus

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Ford Focus highlights

Customer rating


  • Agile on-road experience
  • Stylish and refined interior
  • Quiet ride


  • Infotainment controls can be tricky to learn
  • Limited legroom in the back
  • Clumsy automatic transmission

Mileage (EPA estimate)

26 city, 36 highway, 30 combined

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What is new for the 2012 Ford Focus?

  • The Focus is available in a new trim called the Titanium.
  • The SES trim has been discontinued for 2012.
  • Focus trims have been upgraded with Power Seat(s), Smart Key, Flex Fuel Vehicle, and Sony Sound System as standard equipment this year.
  • Automated Parking, Parking Sensors, Rear View Camera, Remote Start, and Navigation System features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The S trim now comes with Power Mirrors and Power Windows as standard equipment.
  • The SE trim now comes with Rear Spoiler as standard equipment.
  • The SEL trim now comes with Cloth Seats as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2012 Ford Focus

1. Plenty of character

The 2012 Ford Focus is fun to drive and also highly practical, balancing the sensible choices you make for your vehicle with the indulgences that truly connect you to it. Look for the two body styles to find the one that best suits you. Pick the Focus sedan for its slick style and aerodynamic shape, or the Focus hatchback for five doors and exceptional cargo versatility. Whichever 2012 Focus suits you and your crew, all models benefit from responsive road handling and an ergonomic, low-riding cockpit for a sporty edge.

2. A stunning spectrum of color accents

The 2012 Ford Focus uses color beautifully both inside and out. Want to impress people at your new job? Look for one of the monochrome exterior paint shades for an executive edge, or shine like a star with tropical shades like Yellow Blaze or Red Candy Metallic. Ambient interior lighting is standard on SEL and Titanium trims, and it's a light show you don't want to miss. Switch up the cabin accent lights through a bright color spectrum to reflect your mood, match your outfit, or show off your team colors.

3. Smart SYNC technology

Staying in touch needn't stop once you step into your vehicle. Thanks to the available SYNC® and MyFord® infotainment technology suite, the 2012 Focus can take care of all your connectivity needs. Getting ready to go cross-country? Bluetooth® functionality allows you to pair any compatible smartphone with your vehicle infotainment system. From there, you can access your contacts, stream music, and communicate with the Focus navigation system, all via the SYNC voice command feature.

4. Thrifty performance

When more miles matter, the 2012 Focus steps up. Two powertrain options are available to take you farther between fill-ups or charging sessions. The new-for-2012 Ford Focus Electric is powered by an onboard electric motor and 23 kWh battery pack. When new and fully charged, it's good for an EPA-estimated 105 MPGe.

 Prefer gas power? The standard 160-hp 2.0L engine is no slouch. The base S trim with FWD and manual transmission achieves an EPA-estimated 29 mpg combined fuel economy.

5. Active park assist

Maybe you're renting a downtown apartment with no private parking spot, or you're running family errands around town with only roadside parking available. Either way, there's no escaping the dreaded parallel park maneuver. Enter the hero—the 2012 Ford Focus with available active park assist, a feature that parallel parks for you. While you remain in control at all times, ultrasonic sensors identify a suitable spot and then steer you in like a pro.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2012 Ford Focus is a car that customers like for its great gas mileage and smooth ride. Customers also like the car for its roomy interior and power.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Ford Focus an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Ford Focus 22nd out of 46 among Compact Cars.

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Ford Focus features and specs

SE 2WD 4D Hatchback

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Flex Fuel Vehicle
  • Manual Transmission
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Flex Fuel Vehicle
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Manual Transmission
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Sync System

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 41.9"/R 43.7"

Head room

F 38.3"/R 37.9"

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Max towing capacity

150/1000 lbs.


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