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Ford Focus

2018
  • 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 dual-clutch transmission at low speeds. The car is fun to drive, thanks to its agile handling and a controlled ride, with a suspension that does a good job of absorbing impacts from rough surfaces. The cabin is quiet, with good-quality materials for the class. But the driving position is narrow compared with newer competitors. A 123-hp, 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo is available, but it makes the Focus slow and returns the same 29 mpg overall as the 2.0-liter. We got 107 MPGe in our tested Focus Electric. The user-friendly Sync 3 infotainment system is available. 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.
All Ratings & Reliability
2012-2017
2012 Redesign Year
Ford Focus 2017
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
2016 $10,775 - $17,650 $8,210 - $14,710
2015 $9,550 - $16,925 $7,000 - $13,950
2014 $7,050 - $14,575 $4,590 - $11,640
2013 $6,150 - $13,075 $3,670 - $10,170
2012 $5,725 - $8,600 $3,235 - $5,985
2000-2011
Ford Focus 2011
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 $4,950 - $6,175 $2,485 - $3,635
2010 $4,400 - $5,900 $1,980 - $3,355
2009 $3,825 - $5,225 $1,510 - $2,710
2008 $3,675 - $4,475 $1,385 - $2,035
2007 $3,150 - $4,050 $950 - $1,675
2006 $3,025 - $3,775 $840 - $1,445
2005 $2,950 - $3,550 $785 - $1,260
2004 $2,800 - $3,925 $660 - $1,565
2003 $2,925 - $3,825 $735 - $1,460
2002 $2,525 - $3,150 $580 - $1,090
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A
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