2017 Ford Focus

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Ford Focus highlights

Customer rating


  • Interior is quiet at highway speeds
  • Lots of available tech options
  • Sporty handling around corners
  • Comfortable, quiet ride


  • Limited rear legroom for adults
  • Underwhelming acceleration, especially with the 1.0L engine
  • Electric model has limited real-world range

Mileage (EPA estimate)

19 city, 25 highway, 22 combined

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Looking for a high-performance hatchback?

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 2017 Ford Focus RS review below to find out more about this unique hatchback:

All Ford Focus years

What is new for the 2017 Ford Focus?

  • The Focus is available in a new trim called the SEL.
  • Focus trims have been upgraded with Sunroof(s), Heated Steering Wheel, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto as standard equipment this year.
  • The SE trim now comes with Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2017 Ford Focus

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 for the 2017 model year. This year comes 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. The 2017 model year offers 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 2017 Ford Focus RS offers standard smartphone integration for both Android and Apple devices that's easy to use and set up.

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The Ford Fiesta is a sporty subcompact hatchback that was discontinued after the 2019 model year. The 2016-2019 Fiesta has seating for five and stronger engine options than many other subcompacts. The 2016-2019 Fiesta comes standard with a 120-hp 1.6L four-cylinder engine; turbocharged engines that produce 123 or 197 hp are available options. 

Here's what else you'll find on the 2016-2019 Ford Fiesta:

  • MyFord Touch® infotainment system 

  • Available Ford MyKey®, which allows setting volume and speed limits

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2017 Ford Focus is a car that customers love for its fuel efficiency.
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

SEL 2WD 4D Hatchback

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Flex Fuel Vehicle
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Sony Sound System
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Sync System
  • Traction Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Navigation System
  • Remote Start

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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Color options

Exterior colors:

  • Frozen White

  • Nitrous Blue Quad-Coat

  • Shadow Black

  • Stealth Gray

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