Sporty handling, relatively low noise, and a well-done interior make the Focus feel more like a small sports sedan than a humdrum compact. Though not blazingly fast, the Focus does get good fuel economy. Several flaws keep it from being one of our top-rated small cars, though. The most irksome of those is the PowerShift automatic transmission, which stumbles at low speeds.
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags available. ESC available 2001-2003, 2009; standard from 2010. Side and head protection air bags standard from 2008.
Road Test

Sporty handling, relatively low noise, and a well-done interior make the Focus feel more like a small sports sedan than a humdrum compact. Though not blazingly fast, the Focus does get good fuel economy.

Several flaws keep it from being one of our top-rated small cars, though. The most irksome of those is the PowerShift automatic transmission, which stumbles at low speeds. While updates have improved refinement, this transmission is still hesitant in stop-and-go traffic and sometimes transmits drivetrain vibrations through the cabin. Rear-seat space is tight for this class, with little leg room for two adults and very cramped quarters for three people. A more minor consideration is the radio controls, which are needlessly confusing.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Sequential
  • 1-speed Direct
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • electric (143 hp)
  • 1-liter 3 turbo (123 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (160 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (252 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Ford Focus owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Clutch adjustment

"Clutches were adjusted. Few miles later problem returned, but did not get worse."

Anonymous, MN (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Lots of vibration and hesitation on when accelerating"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"Even when brand new, 6-speed automatic transmission shifted smoothly only when gently accelerating. With full- or close to full-throttle acceleration, some shuddering at up-shift points; shifting worse when car not fully warmed up. Apparently transmission controls were not smoothly transmitting power from one gear clutch to the next higher gear clutch. Ford dealer investigated when I had car in for other service at 55,000 miles and replaced a clutch pack and a transmission seal under warranty. The oil leak was minor (I wasn't aware of it)."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"2 clutch system. Needed adjustment. A few miles later back to same problem. Starting off from a stop....car vibrates due to clutches. Ford recalled. Ford knows about focus problem."

Anonymous, MN (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine would bog down because the transmission wouldn't shift down at the right time, and also much of the time the shifts upward were hard and noisy. The software was updated once, there was no improvement, when we took it in to th e dealer the second time, they replaced the clutches and the car has been fine since then, that is, for the last 5800 miles."

Stephen G., VT (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"From 1st to 2nd gear the car shudders"

Tony W., MO (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It was a recall issue that was present at the purchase, but the dealership did not reveal it and precertified the vehicle."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When accelerating from a complete stop the vehicle has a tough time shifting and has a loss of power."

Kenny M., CO (2015 Ford Focus)

"I used to have a 2012 Ford Focus that had shifted roughly and slipped. I traded it for a new 2015 after several service visits. The 2015 ran fine for a year but soon began doing the same thing. Bad decision on my part. I would not recommend this vehicle."

Anonymous, NC (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford took care of it."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car shakes roughly when shifting, sounds like there is something tumbling inside of transmission"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer stated it has a automatic manual trans that bucks and shifts roughly especially during warmer weather"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The ride is not smooth and acts like it will stall"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Bucks and studdders when starting to move"

Anonymous, TN (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission has been "notchy" since I leased the car. Sometimes it pops out of fourth gear if it is not very firmly shifted into that gear"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Not a smooth transition between gear changes, vehicle will often jerk when shifting. Here's the kicker, apparently this is a known issue for this model because the dealer can't get us into see the car until July (we made the call back in March)"

Patrick J., VA (2015 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"hesitant shifting, shuddering, shaking when starting or re-accelerating under 40 mph"

Anonymous, AL (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car shudders upon acceleration after stop. Usually fine once the automatic hits 2nd gear. Dealer service (and extended warranty for this problem) fixes it. And then it comes back."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The dealer replaced the clutch. A second dealer reset the computer and shifting problem was gone."

Anonymous, (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This is the 2nd focus I have owned with a lemon transmission. Both purchased from the Sam's dealership. The first, a 2012 focus, got the transmission replaced at 75000 miles by the dealer. I traded it in on my current one because they said they'd fixed the problem. They didnt and I've gone thru the class action lawsuit all the way to having fomoco calling me to tell me they wont help me because I haven't taken the car in for repairs. My reasoning is I am afraid they will do the same thing to me with another car. The class action lawyers will not help me and the local lawyers wont take it either. My 2015 focus has a mind of it's own when it wants to act up. I have driven it sparingly to work and on very short trips gingerly everywhere I go. I am at my waits end and would love to stay a ford and american car buyer but subaru is calling loudly. Any help u can offer would be appreciated. Thank you, Bruce Wood."

Anonymous, MO (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Chatter in low gear. Addressed and so ved"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When accelerating from a stop the car will shudder. This happens more often when the temperature is above 80 degrees. Took it to the Ford Dealer and they said they could find no problems."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It shifts hard sometimes"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"After approx 30 minutes of driving. Starting up again after stopping you feel the transmission acting rough from 1st to 3rd gear"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"There was hesitation and rough shifting on start up. There was a recall for this problem and the dealer took care of the problem."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"I really like driving this vehicle except I have no trust in the transmission"

Albert F., VA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Occasionally when on Cruise Control going up a steep hill, at the top of the hill, the transmission stays in the lower gear too long on the way down. Have to turn off Cruise."

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Similar to the computer issues I previously described, the transmission does not transition smoothly through the gears....STUTTERS."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Ford Focus)

"Seemed like clutch was not grabbing when transmission shifted"

Robert L., OR (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Has a hitch in the shifting at lower speeds"

Anonymous, AL (2015 Ford Focus Titanium)

"SELECT SHIFT TRANSMISSION THEY ALL SLIP"

Anonymous, BC (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Xmission slips when starting from a standing stop"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car would jerk at when starting from a full stop. It was not smooth when shifting gears"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission has never failed, but it frequently slips when accelerating, and it does not seem reliable."

Anonymous, MI (2015 Ford Focus SE Unsure)

"Noticed it from the beginning. Has difficulty shifting in hills and transmission makes a growling noise, Is slow to downshift."

Anonymous, AE (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car shuddered and hesitated between first and second gears. Causing loss of power while accelerating."

Anonymous, ON (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The local dealership tested my car and said it has to slip more before Ford okays a replacement."

Anonymous, (2015 Ford Focus Unsure Unsure)

"clutch was replaced twice"

Albert F., VA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"seals need replacement. work done under warranty. Car is wonder now"

Anonymous, SC (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"only in first gear"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission studders in lower gear range, especially in hot weather."

Gary M., NY (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I was on the turnpike at night and a message flashed to turn the car off because the engine was overheated. I ended up waiting about 10 minutes before I could resume driving. I have already replaced the TCM in my car. Now, it is back, again, to making noises, difficulty resuming driving after stopping at lights and inconsistencies in steering. There was another recall this past year regarding the transmission and Ford stating that the warranty will be extended. I have complained about the inconsistency in resuming driving after stopping and the noises while the car resumes. Of course, when they test it, they don’t see these problems. I take it back to the dealership because of the extended warranty. My main concern is my safety when driving, especially at night. My car has such a low mileage because I hate driving it. I have driven Ford for nearly 50 years and have never experienced any problems, which is why I continued to purchase a Ford. I wrote to Ford about 2 years ago regarding the car’s poor performance and got a perfunctory statement about to continue taking it to the dealership for any issues I have. I am very sorry that I didn’t fight to have this car replaced years ago. My car is still unaligned and, of course, I’m the only one that sees it. It is my understanding that Ford has discontinued the Focus car, and I can understand why. It is a lemon!"

Carol S., PA (2015 Ford Focus)
Transmission computer

"Transmission would overheat and shut off as a safe guard for the transmission. This has happened several times and is now shifting hard and slipping. It is scheduled for it's third transmission repairs in the last year."

Christopher E., TX (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission STUTTERS between 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th gears whenever you go from a STOPPED position. I'm told that is the new computer and belt gears that is causing it and that it cannot be fixed... It prevents the car from accelerating smoothly or in case of needing to accelerating quickly to get across traffic, prevents a safe transition. VERY ANNOYING, and UNSAFE."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Ford Focus)

"The TCM was reprogrammed but did not solve the problem. Service department has indicated that they can do nothing else unless engine light indicates a problem. Ford has extended the warranty on the transmission"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I had a letter from Ford about the T.C.M. regarding the transmission slipping and multiple operations systems failers such as starting and charging systems failures. After the transmission was repaired the transmission control module intermittently wouldn't allow the car to start. The battery wasn't charging. Leaving us stranded more than once. At no time was a battery warning light shown and the and the electric power steering shut down. After the battery and alternator was replaced we still had problems. Dealer couldn't find the problem until I told them about a tsb I received stating potential causes but the t.c.m. After the T.C.M. we have only had one episode of a technological glitch which hasn't occurred since."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"wil not shift or down shifts dealer reflashs computer"

Anonymous, IA (2015 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I complained to the dealer since I purchased the car, about improper shifting they assured me that that was within normal parameters. I had the car in for an oil change and they said my transmission required attention. They replaced the two clutches and replaced the computer. The Focus operates very well better than when I purchased it. It operates now as a good gear transmission should."

Norm H., ON (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Shifting from purchase date was jerky not smooth. Took Ford over a year to realize problem was common and to get new parts designed, manufactured, issue recall, and install new part."

Anonymous, OR (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"transmission repaired under recall"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"As I stated previously, I kept verbalizing complaints of the auto’s performance to the dealership. I consistently keep up with the recommended service times. On the last visit, they replaced the clutch, as if this was the response to my ongoing complaints. Surprise! Surprise! It does not feel differently to me. It’s scary because I have no confidence in the performance of this car. I am supposed to be pleased that the replacement was covered under the warranty. I am not pleased because nothing seems to change or improve the performance of this auto."

Carol S., PA (2015 Ford Focus)

"Dual clutch failure. Know issue."

Anonymous, MA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch caused the car to jerk between 1st and 2nd. It was replaced twice under warranty."

Anonymous, NC (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch replacement was the solution under warranty to the rough shifting reported above."

Stephen G., VT (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"RickBallFord in Sedalia MO replaced my clutches and now shifts smoother"

Tony W., MO (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Under warranty Ford just replaced the clutch at only 46,000 miles. Dealer informed me this would have to happen again at about 90,000 miles, which would be out of warranty."

Peter W., CA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch had to be replaced, car jerked at low speeds."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"A second replacement was completed in the past week. I was told it may not be the last as Ford has not have a 100% fix for this problem going back to the year 2014."

Syd M., ON (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch starting acting up shortly after I bought car. Dealer was great with repairs and supporting service including a ride to an airport. Very pleased with dealer"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"received a class action suit that was pending against Ford. Rather than join the suit;, our local dealer repaired the assembly under warranty. Our local dealer has always fixed any warranty issues on our cars."

Anonymous, MN (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Accelerating from stop, pulsing or shutering in first gear."

Thomas F., PA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"After a few weeks, clutch started slipped and rough shifting. Dealer said it was a software issue. Installed new software. Still had issue. Re-evaluated as clutch. Replaced under warranty. Drives great now"

Anonymous, IA (2015 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"car jerked on take off as clutch slipped"

Albert F., VA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Purchased it used. Clutch was a bit jerky, brought to dealership and they replaced clutch under warranty"

Jon K., MN (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The stutter has not been corrected"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This is the second Ford Focus (had a 2012) that required major transmission work. Hope Ford got it right this time"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Ford Focus SE)

"Shifting was difficult. Clutch was examined and needed repolacement. Ford replaced it under warranty"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch was replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"DCT 6 speed with known clutch issues fixed under warenty by Ford"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer replaced clutch"

Anonymous, (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This generation has a garbage DCT transmission. Clutch was slipping and jumping, ford replaced clutch under warranty."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The dual dry clutch was out of specs and replaced before the 60k mile warrant was out. The vehicle was still driveable and somewhat tolerable yet to drive."

Anonymous, MN (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had to have the clutch replaced 3 times already and the car has only 40,000 miles"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Desgin flaw. Ford replaced clutch and other transmission parts"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I purchased the car used and after the initial test drive noticed this problem. I was aware that the focus could potentially have this problem from my research in the used car guide from cr."

Anonymous, ON (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Began rough shift within one month Returned to dealership 3 times Lied to about the cause Four years later ford replaces the Clutch. This has been a nightmare"

Anonymous, (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch had t be replaced.twice"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Ford Focus Unsure Unsure)

"We also had a 2013 Focus with the exact same transmission problem. It is inconceivable to me that Ford was aware of the problem and yet did nothing to change the design in newer cars. I will never, ever consider purchasing a Ford product again."

Peter W., CA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission/clutch started slipping and upon notifing a dealer ship it ws replaced immediately. No adjustments as had been required with our 2012. Very pleased."

Anonymous, AL (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Poor shifting before repair"

Richard H., NC (2015 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission kept on slipping and eventually would sometimes refuse to engage with less than 10000 miles on the car."

Barb A., MN (2015 Ford Focus)

"Dry clutch required replacement."

Anonymous, NH (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch started slipping. It has been replaced under warranty twice and is about to be replaced again."

Daniel C., MD (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"i Have had to 2 major transmission related repairs on this vehicle 1 of those i was charged for, recalls on this care about parts that have already been replaced continue to fail"

Charity E., AR (2015 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The entire drivetrain of the electric car had to be rebuilt last year after I reported that there was a lot of noise, and unreliable/dangerous/unpredictable operation of the car. The car was in the shop for over 4 weeks and I still had to pay for the lease- shame on FORD. Never again going to buy from that company"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Ford Focus Electric Electric)

"The transmission was rough, jerky and had to be replaced. Luckily, I bought an extended warranty."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Bad design, and Ford knows it. It took them a week to replace the transmission."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Slippage in transmission. Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, MN (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Vibration and shudder"

James R., WI (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a design error in the original transmissions. It has been replaced twice. The new tranny works fine"

Steven W., MN (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"clutch has been replaced twice in 32,000 miles , Otherwise I am happy with the car and service from my Ford dealer"

Albert F., VA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer replaced transmission for free and guarantied for life of car"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Slipping and rough shifting. Design error"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Dealer fxed it"

Richard H., NC (2015 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission started acting up - not shifting when it should, shifting when it shouldn't, made funny clicking noises."

Robert L., OR (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It shifts prematurely, therefore losing power. The warranty replacement was a slight improvement. Also the heater and defroster don't spread evenly which is a problem for visibility in Colorado winters."

Anonymous, CO (2015 Ford Focus)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"we like this feature but it quit. Even though it was covered warranty we still had to pay a deductible of $100 to replace the camera."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"The display screen went.out and new software package had to be installed. It was not covered by warranty."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Ford Focus Unsure Unsure)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Would randomly stop working with a SD Card error. 3 system modules replaced by dealer"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Intermittent trouble pairing phone for media audio. No problem for calls."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Ford Focus SE 1.0-L 3 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"Radio Power AMP died"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"It just does not work."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"Ignition would not turn off even with key removed, engine would still run. Could not shut off engine except by dumping the clutch at a stop. Car drove normally with or without key. Dealership did not charge me for repair because there was a recall for this issue."

Anonymous, GA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"The original headlights provide very low quality lighting. On semi-rural roads with somewhat frequent oncoming traffic the lights were completely useless, especially in the rain. I could not see the striping or edges of the road. We replaced the headlights with aftermarket projector lenses with significant improvement in performance."

Anonymous, (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"It has become impossible to put in a destination. It won't allow it. The sound is very soft and cannot be turned louder. Volume doesn't work. Tire pressure light is on all the time. Had it checked and tire pressure is fine, it is a malfunction of the system."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wipers kept stopping even during heavy rain. Dealer replaced several parts but no fix. Engineer from Ford came and found some substance coating windshield. Had dealer clean and polish until substance was removed. Wipers now work fine. I had to go back 5 times before this was fixed"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Ford Focus SE)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

"Fan motor sometimes does not switch between face/floor/defrost vents as it should."

Anonymous, OH (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"No cooling. Condenser failed and was replaced."

Timothy L., MN (2015 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"The heater and defroster don't spread the air out evenly on all the windows. During winter months, this leaves patchy ice spots even a half hour into the drive, which is dangerous in Colorado."

Anonymous, CO (2015 Ford Focus)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint under front edge of hood flaking off exposing bare steel"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint job not very good. Tire pressure light faulty."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Lower right front panel has some cracks and blisters. Collision avoidance sensor popped out."

Gary L., OR (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Oil pan gasket was twisted when installed at the factory"

Jim F., AZ (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"dealer said was rear main seal or transfer case. not leaking much, so never had fixes"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

"I kept telling the dealership that I felt like I was on a roller coaster while driving. They initially couldn’t find anything wrong. I have been driving Fords for the past 40 years and have never experienced any major problems until this car. I had a 2009 previously and never replaced anything. I received a letter last year informing me that they are extending the warranty coverage on the TCM. They informed me that my car may experience intermittent loss of transmission engagement while driving, no-start, lack of power, etc. I expressed concerns that this was a lemon, but by this time I had it nearly 2 years. I even wrote a letter to Ford complaining about the performance of the auto and my dissatisfaction with it. I am retired and intended on this being my last car. As I stated, I have never experienced problems before in any of my autos like this one."

Carol S., PA (2015 Ford Focus)
Electrical failure

"Vehicle would not engage drive power due to software bug"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Ford Focus Electric Electric)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Rear driver's side door weatherstripping doesn't remain attached in cold weather"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Coolant leak due to manufacture defect. Car was in shop for 13 days. Ford covered everything under warranty"

Brian T., AL (2015 Ford Focus SE 1.0-L 3 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"The poor alignment makes it difficult driving in traffic, because it impedes my judgement as to how close other cars are to me. It especially makes it difficult parking, because it impedes my ability to see the distance from other cars. Too often, I have to readjust it after I park. I had it aligned earlier this year, with no definitive difference. I have never had the problems I’m experiencing at anytime, prior to this car."

Carol S., PA (2015 Ford Focus)
Power steering leaks

"The poweer steering went out within 2 months after purchase and I was unable to drive the car. They had to replace the whole thing"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Ford Focus Titanium)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

"There was a problem with fuel system causing multiple parts needing to be replaced"

Charity E., AR (2015 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"This was a recall due to the possibility that the engine could stall out while driving and not be able to be restarted."

Barb A., MN (2015 Ford Focus)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Squeaking

"Rear brake caliper was coming loose"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

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