2013 Ford Focus

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Ford Focus highlights

Customer rating


  • Agile driving experience
  • Comfortable, quiet ride
  • Long list of luxury and tech features


  • Infotainment controls take some getting used to
  • Rear seats have limited legroom
  • Automatic transmission doesn't always respond how you'd expect

Mileage (EPA estimate)

23 city, 32 highway, 26 combined

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All Ford Focus years

What is new for the 2013 Ford Focus?

  • The Focus is available in a new trim called the ST.
  • The SEL trim has been discontinued for 2013.
  • Focus trims have been upgraded with Automated Parking, Parking Sensors, Front Seat Heaters, Leather Seats, Rear View Camera, and Turbo Charged Engine as standard equipment this year.
  • Leatherette & Cloth features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The SE trim now comes with Cruise Control, Alloy Wheels, and Sync System as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2013 Ford Focus

1. Great gas mileage

Need a compact car with frugal performance for commuting or zipping around town? The 2013 Ford Focus's 2L four-cylinder engine has your desired fuel economy. S and SE models include a standard five-speed manual transmission that returns an EPA-estimated 29 mpg combined.

 In comparison, Titanium models with the six-speed automatic transmission provide an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined.
 All 2013 models also include a front-wheel drive system as standard.

2. Lively performance

In addition to its pleasing mpg estimates, the 2013 Ford Focus delivers energetic performance for city and highway driving. The 2L four-cylinder engine throws 160 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque, which enables the 2013 Focus to cover zero to 60 mph in 8.7 seconds with the automatic transmission (according to the manufacturer when new). Whether merging onto the freeway or making confident passing moves, you'll enjoy plenty of power in this compact car.

3. Choice of body styles

The 2013 Ford Focus is offered in two body styles: a practical sedan (available across all trims) and a sporty hatchback (SE and Titanium models). Both the sedan and hatchback feature a handsome exterior design that complements the compact car's upscale interior. Offering room for five passengers, the 2013 Focus fits a range of lifestyles. In the sedan, you'll also find 13.2 cu-ft of trunk space for luggage and groceries, while the hatchback provides extra versatility with 23.8 cu-ft behind the 60/40 split-folding seatback and 44.8 cu-ft of volume with it folded.

4. Sharp handling

Add a heaping dose of fun to your daily drive with the 2013 Ford Focus. Both the sedan and hatchback provide crisp handling, making for a superbly refined ride. As you take fast corners and intense turns, this compact car holds its own with responsive steering and minimal body roll. For extra energy, you can augment your ride with a Titanium Handling package, which adds 18-inch aluminum wheels with low-profile performance tires and optimized sport suspension components for additional on-road exuberance.

5. High-tech options

The 2013 Focus offers a range of high-tech features to customize your compact. SE and higher trims include Ford's SYNC® voice-activated infotainment system, which allows you to make and take phone calls and control the audio system with steering-wheel-mounted controls. This system also has an emergency notification feature that automatically calls for assistance when SYNC is paired to your smartphone. If you need help with parallel parking maneuvers, the Titanium trim boasts available active park assist to guide the car into a spot. SE and Titanium models also include MyKey® parental controls if you have new drivers in your household.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2013 Ford Focus is a car that is great on gas mileage and handles well. Customers like the sleek design, the sync technology, and the hatchback. The car has a few cons, such as the back seat not having a lot of leg room and the transmission being a bit touchy.
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
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Flex Fuel Vehicle
  • Manual Transmission
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Side Airbags
  • Sync System
  • Traction Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Flex Fuel Vehicle
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Manual Transmission
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Sony Sound System
  • Sunroof(s)

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 41.9"/R 33.2"

Head room

F 38.3"/R 37.9"

Front tires


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Manual 5

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