The Ford Focus is a top-tier compact car, both worldwide and in North American markets. Its trim levels have many different options and are fuel efficient and performance-oriented.
For the most part, the Ford Focus wasn't changed much as it moved into the 2016 model year. Nor did it need toit was already a strong, well-rounded vehicle after its last redesign. This model year does introduce an improved infotainment system, but otherwise, no major updates were included.
No matter the trim level, this compact car is sure to impress. The vehicle is extremely comfortable as well, with upgraded upholstery added in the most recent refresh.
The Ford Focus is perfect for value-minded individuals who want a spectrum of performance car options to choose from. Moreover, the Focus looks and feels more upscale than competing compact cars - not a single thing was sacrificed in order to make room for more features.
All Focus models are designed with top-notch technology in higher trim levels. Performance enthusiasts will enjoy some of the Ford Focus trim levels that enable a speedier vehicle. There are a variety of options beyond the base level.
The low-end Focus S and SE are a bit disappointing compared to higher trims. The brakes are limited to the rear, while most rivals use all four wheels to brake.
For the most part, the Ford Focus is powered by a 2.0L, four-cylinder engine. It produces up to 160 horsepower and is typically paired with either a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic. This is a lot of energy for such a small car; drivers who appreciate lean vehicles with decent performance will enjoy the Focus.
A higher trim level, the Focus ST gets a turbocharged 2.0L, four-cylinder engine that produces 252 horsepower. With this engine, the Focus ST is capable of reaching 60 mph in just over six seconds. This model is paired exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission.
The Focus RS is even more powerful - it cranks out 350 horsepower with all-wheel drive for optimum performance. It's paired with a special six-speed manual transmission.
The Ford Focus is one of the only vehicle lineups to include a 1.0L, three-cylinder engine. This small engine is quite quick and is paired with a standard six-speed automatic transmission or a manual transmission swap-in.
The previous model year's changes have held up well - the restyled trunk lid, grille, and rear lamps helped to modernize the Focus. The profile of the Ford Focus is dynamic, with a smooth silhouette and a sharpened front-end.
It's designed to exceed the refinement and cabin expectations you may have for a car this affordable - it has a few details that may make entry-level luxury brands take notes.
The Ford Focus is available in a variety of body styles, including a four-door compact sedan or a five-door hatchback.