Product Reviews

Welcome to Consumer Reports.

We’re so glad to have you as a member. You now have access to benefits that can help you choose right, be safe and stay informed.

Ford Focus

2018
Ford Focus 2018 sedan Trim Shown: 2018 SE sedan FWD Sequential
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
Available as a sedan, a hatchback, and an electric version, the Focus feels solid and sophisticated, but it's plagued by a jerky transmission at low speeds. 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. 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 high-performance AWD RS comes with a 350-hp, turbo four-cylinder.
View Details View Pricing Information
2012-2017
2012 Redesign Year
Ford Focus 2017 Trim Shown: 2017 HB
Model year 2012 brought sporty handling and a nice interior back to the Focus. It also debuted an electric version of the Ford subcompact. Focus Electric has all the underlying qualities of the internal combustion-powered Focus models we love to like; including taut handling, good ride and nicely finished interior. It also provides the many benefits of an electric powertrain. These include silent running, cheap operation and effortless acceleration. Unfortunately, it also shares some of the Focus's basic flaws, including a very cramped back seat and the frustrating MyFord Touch radio controls. Standard safety features include stability control, traction control, and antilock brakes.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 N/A N/A
N/A
2016 $10,925 - $17,975 $8,260 - $14,860
2015 $9,000 - $17,375 $6,460 - $14,310
2014 $7,925 - $16,000 $5,400 - $12,900
2013 $6,775 - $14,475 $4,280 - $11,430
2012 $5,650 - $8,875 $3,170 - $6,170
2000-2011
Ford Focus 2011 Trim Shown: 2011 Sedan
The original Focus was nimble and fun to drive, with quick and communicative steering and a comfortable ride. It had lots of interior room and easy access, but performance and fuel economy were only average. Body styles included a sedan, a roomy wagon, and a hatchback. A sporty, crisp-handling SVT performance-oriented hatchback was offered from 2002 to 2004. Without its optional side airbags, the Focus received a Poor in the IIHS side-crash test, so you'll want to avoid models without them. After the model year 2008 revision, handling isn't as crisp, interior quality dropped off and the cabin got noisier. On the plus side though, a coupe version arrived in 2008.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2011 $5,150 - $6,525 $2,655 - $3,955
2010 $4,300 - $6,100 $1,905 - $3,530
2009 $3,850 - $5,650 $1,530 - $3,080
2008 $3,625 - $4,725 $1,335 - $2,210
2007 $3,225 - $4,250 $1,000 - $1,825
2006 $3,000 - $4,000 $820 - $1,620
2005 $2,875 - $3,575 $710 - $1,260
2004 $2,725 - $3,950 $585 - $1,565
2003 $2,725 - $3,625 $585 - $1,310
2002 $2,525 - $3,150 $580 - $1,090
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A