Road Test/ 100
Predicted Reliability/ 5
Predicted Owner Satisfaction/ 5
Available as a sedan, a hatchback, and an electric version, the Focus feels solid and sophisticated, but it's plagued by poor reliability and, at low speeds, a jerky transmission. The car is fun to drive, thanks to its agile handling and supple, controlled ride. The cabin is quiet, with good-quality materials for the class. But the driving position is narrow compared with newer competitors. A new 123-hp, 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo, shared with the smaller Fiesta, is available, but it's slow and returns the same 29 mpg overall as the 2.0-liter. A rearview camera is now standard. Ford has replaced the problematic MyFord Touch infotainment system with the superior Sync 3 system. The sporty ST version is quick and fun, and sounds thrilling, and the new high-performance AWD RS comes with a 350-hp, turbo four-cylinder.