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 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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

"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)
Slipping transmission

"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 Unsure)

"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 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)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"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 Unsure)

"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)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"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)

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)

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)

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

"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 Unsure)

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)

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

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)

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

"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)

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

Electrical failure

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

Anonymous, CA (2015 Ford Focus Electric Electric)

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

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 Unsure)

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.

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.

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

Climate System

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

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.

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE
Oct 22 2018
The excessive vaccuum may result in an engine stall while driving, without warning and without the ability to restart the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2012-2018 Ford Focus vehicles with a 2.0L GDI or 2.0L GTDI engine. The Canister Purge Valve (CPV) may malfunction, possibly causing excessive vacuum in fuel vapor management system.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the Powertrain Control Module. Dealers will also check for fault codes and replace the CPV as needed. If the CPV is replaced, dealers will inspect and replace the carbon canister, fuel tank and fuel delivery module as necessary. The recall began August 19, 2019. Owners may contact Ford Customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 18S32. Note: Until the vehicle is serviced for this concern, owners are advised to keep the fuel tank at least halfway full.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V735000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1282596
POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION
Mar 12 2018
A transmission fluid leak in the presence of an ignition source such as hot engine or exhaust components can increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2013-2014 Ford Fusion vehicles equipped with a 1.6L GTDI engine and 6-speed manual transmission and 2015-2016 Ford Focus vehicles equipped with a 1.0L GTDI engine and 6-speed manual transmission. Also included are four 2017 Ford Focus vehicles that had clutch replacements with potentially affected parts. The clutch may fracture, resulting in damage to the transmission assembly and possibly a transmission fluid leak.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the Focus vehicles with software that detects and prevents prolonged clutch slip, and will replace the clutch, as necessary, free of charge. Owners of Fusion vehicles will have their clutch assembly replaced free of charge. The recall began August 3, 2018. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 18S07.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V169000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5361
STRUCTURE:BODY:HATCHBACK/LIFTGATE
Sep 28 2016
With only a single press needed, the driver may accidently unlatch the hatchback, increasing the risk of injury to any unsecured passengers in the back.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2017 Ford Focus hatchback vehicles manufactured February 14, 2012, to August 26, 2016 and equipped with a manual transmission. The hatchback of the affected vehicles may be unlatched with a single press of the interior latch release button. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 206, "Door Locks and Door Retention Components."
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the Body Control Module with updated software, free of charge. The recall began February 10, 2017. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 16C13.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V698000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 64038
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:DOORS:LATCH
Sep 06 2016
A door that is not securely latched could open while the vehicle is in motion, increasing the risk of injury to a vehicle occupant.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2012-2015 Ford Focus, 2013-2015 Ford Escape and Ford C-MAX, 2015 Lincoln MKC and Ford Mustang, and 2014-2016 Ford Transit Connect vehicles. A component within the door latches may break, preventing the doors from latching and/or leading the driver or a passenger to believe a door is securely closed when, in fact, it is not.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the door latches with an improved part, free of charge. The recall began on January 27, 2017. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 16S30.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V643000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2046297
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION
Jul 08 2015
If the engine does not turn off as expected, someone could move the transmission shifter out of park and the vehicle may move unintentionally, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2015 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured April 1, 2014, to June 12, 2015, Ford Focus vehicles manufactured June 17, 2014, to June 12, 2015, and Ford C-Max vehicles manufactured April 22, 2014, to June 12, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the engine may continue to run after the key or the START/STOP engine button is turned to off. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the body control module software, free of charge. The recall began on July 27, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15C06.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V436000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 374781
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