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: We recorded 29 mpg overall in our tests for both the four-cylinder and three-cylinder turbo. Several flaws keep it from being one of our top-rated small cars, though.
Alerts
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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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 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

Rough shifting

"Car is equipped with dual clutch automatic transmission that balks, hunts and chatters. Unsure whether problem is due to poor design or manufacturing defect"

Christopher B., TX (2016 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford has problems with Focus transmissions"

Stephen K., (2016 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"since the day the car was bought... took over two years to get Ford to fix transmission properly and for that we had to go to a second dealer... wouldn't shift properly."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Ford Focus)

"Transmission 2nd gear was replaced. I had the identical problem with a 2015 focus but the dealer wouldn't believe me."

Anonymous, BC (2016 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"noticeable vibration during shifting"

Paul H., VA (2016 Ford Focus)
Slipping transmission

"Ford repaired the vehicle. Apparently there have been problems with the 6-speed automatic transmission. The service technician said the slipping would come back. Otherwise, the car has been great."

Stephen M., VA (2016 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The trans. jerks on stepping on gas. Service department said it was a problem with this model and to bring it in if it got too bad."

Anonymous, NE (2016 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This is a known problem with these vehicles which ford will not do anything about."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Ford Focus)

"This was a Ford certified car when purchased. The problem in shifting was promptly corrected by Ford, without cost, Well satisfied with service. Would buy a ford again."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Ford Focus)

"Rough shifting into 2nd gear, car shudders and sounds like pebbles being shook in a tin can. Dealer repair shop said it is not bad enough to repair."

Perry C., OR (2016 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"When vehicle is warm the transmission sporadically kind of stutters when accelerating"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Transmission shifts at low rpm before clutch is fully engaged"

Peter K., ON (2016 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford fixed the issue for free. The car shifted roughly and would often roll back at stop lights. Ford fixed no further issues."

Anonymous, MA (2016 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Computer problem Vehicle towed to dealership. Under warranty"

David W., NM (2016 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Was reset to try to resolve the transmission stutter problem in first gear before they eventually replaced the clutch."

Marcia B., TX (2016 Ford Focus)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"14,000 miles needed a new clutch. Problem getting part from Mexico. I was told by a Ford Representative that this problem will happen again and not to drive the car on long trips"

Norman S., DE (2016 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Chatter & vibration on take off and 1-2 shift"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When I bought the car, I realized the gears were slipping. I looked online and found this was a warranty recall. I took the car back where I bought it and they replaced the clutch."

T W., (2016 Ford Focus)

"When I stopped in for my regular oil change one time, I was notified that, had I driven very much further, the clutch would have gone out, causing me to be at risk for an accident. So why was this not detected at the previous oil change? Service depts. are supposed to perform a thorough point check on everything (I get the status sheets), so how did they miss the fact that the clutch was going to need a replacement soon?"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Ford Focus)

"Clutch slipping"

Howard J., IL (2016 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The dual clutch transmission continues to have problems after replacement with chatter, sputter"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car would jerk and shutter during the 1-2 shift."

Harold F., FL (2016 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"chatering when stating from a start."

J V., WI (2016 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Slippage on hills and turns. Ford's first attempt to correct was a software update. After 500 miles without the software update correcting the slippage, Ford did replace a clutch. The slippage has been resolved with that mechanical correction/part replacement."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Within 2 weeks of driving it off the lot i had transmission problems. It would shutter when ever I accelerated."

William D., AR (2016 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car started hesitating when starting to move after coming to a stop. Clutch was replaced under warranty."

Michael H., TX (2016 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car would stutter when starting up but was fine after shifting into second gear."

Marcia B., TX (2016 Ford Focus)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The car was bought brand new in 2016. It currently has 30,000 miles. The transmission has been replaced TWICE already. Once at 12,000 miles and again at 20,000 miles. Sadly at 30,000 miles it is slipping AGAIN and is being replaced a third time shortly"

Anonymous, MD (2016 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

Display screen goes blank

"Display screen quit working within first 2 month. Ford replaced the screen. That did not work and then they replaced another part and the screen worked again"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When in reverse the screen would black out"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Entire dashboard cluster went balnk, meaning I had no speedo, fuel gauge idiot lights, entertainment cluster etc. was replaced under warranty. this was at about 34000 kms."

Anonymous, BC (2016 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"My screen flips between a white screen with black print and a black screen with with print. This takes place all the time I drive, no matter what time of day it is. It does not impact anything, but drives me nuts."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The gps module failed and was replaced under warranty. It also effected the Bluetooth and backup camera. It took several weeks to have tyre car fixed because of a lack of parts. The system was upgraded to the latest firmware during the repair"

Marc B., NJ (2016 Ford Focus RS 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Phone and Bluetooth Sync disconnect frequently"

Donald T., MI (2016 Ford Focus Titanium Electric)

"When I first purchased my Ford Focus my Pandora worked fine. Then a year later it stopped working. I brought it into the dealer several times, explained the problem, they cannot fix this issue. I also am unable to update my apps, which they also cannot fix."

Anonymous, CA (2016 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

Squeaks or rattles

"There is a rattle in the b pillar that is common on these cars that is frustrating and without a real fix. It is right by my ear while I drive which makes it extra aggravating"

Marc B., NJ (2016 Ford Focus RS 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Misc squeaks and rattles in the drivers door, drivers b pillar, and dash"

Anonymous, SC (2016 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Various squeaks and rattles unbecoming of a 3 year old car. Rattle at drivers seat belt height adjuster, squeak from gauge cluster, rattle around passenger A pillar."

Anonymous, SC (2016 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"Wind noise emanating from top of b pillar. Fluttering sound at times. Door vibrates within opening"

Anonymous, SC (2016 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 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

Driveline vibration

"Erratic shifting of transmission"

Scott G., CA (2016 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"Short in electrical system caused starter battery to drain and fail to start car."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Ford Focus Electric Electric)
Traction control

"Terrible in the snow! No traction control seems to exist, transfer of power across wheels is unreliable and causes more slippage than recovery."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Ford Focus 1.0-L 3 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"The climate control system does not correctly indicate recirculate door position (open/closed). Furthermore, changing the recirculate function has no effect in certain situations. Never have owned ANY car that ignores driver input like this!"

Gordon V., TX (2016 Ford Focus RS 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Blower (fan) motor

"I did not use the air conditioning when I first bought the car. When I used it last week, the blower motor was making a loud noise. I have not had the issue checked yet."

T W., (2016 Ford Focus)
Heater system

"I believe the heater core was leaking. The referred to the problem as a " box" . The repair took 2 full days. I was told that the entire dash needed to come off to get to the problem. The presenting symptom was a large puddle of water in the passenger footwell on hot summer days after running the AC for long periods"

Cynthia A., PA (2016 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

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

What Owners Say

Coil

"Failure of one of four cylinders"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Electronic ignition

"12 volt starter battery died five times so we were unable to start electrical system and drive car which is totally electric."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Ford Focus Electric Electric)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Failure of spark plug and coil in one of the four cylinders. Notified by CHECK ENGINE light"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 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

Headlights

"There were marks inside the headlight that looked like water spots. No actual water inside the headlight. Ford refused to warranty the headlight even thought they had warrantied the other side for the same issue 2 years early."

Anonymous, SC (2016 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wiper motor or washer

"After I bought the car, the left wiper could not pull itself back while on intermittent swipes. It took six visits: two adjustments, two motor replacements, then final solution after the non-Ford dealer did a thorough review, sending me back to toe Ford service dept. I had to consistently do one-off swipes to clear the stopped left wiper and this usually worked. However, the right wiper would usually pull it back on the next swipe. Eventually the right one also started doing this and, of course, the wipers always stopped right in my field of vision. These shenanigans were as distracting as trying to text whole driving (something I never do). MOST of this was covered under the extended warranty I had, but the labor was not free; it cost me approximately $900 to get this issue resolved."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Ford Focus)

"The wipers jam and either refuse to move or move in a jerky or irregular fashion, especially in the variable speed mode. You have to repeatedly turn them off and on to fix the jam."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

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

Springs or torsion bars

"Rear stabilizer link replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"wheel bearing noise in both left and right front. replaced by dealer under warranty"

Anonymous, MN (2016 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

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.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Driver's door latch would not latch in very cold weather. Had it into the shop twice, first time they sprayed it with lube, second time they replaced. Fine since"

Alexis L., ON (2016 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Head gasket

"Known issue from factory with early models. Original head gasket used was meant for Mustang EcoBoost (same engine, different configuration) and caused head gasket failure within 15000 miles. Field Service Action required to replace gasket and cylinder head due to coolant leakage into cylinders."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Ford Focus RS 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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.

Engine Minor

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

Exhaust

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

Engine Cooling

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

Brakes

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

Paint/Trim

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

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Recalls
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POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION
Nov 28 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 2016-2018 Ford Focus vehicles equipped with a 1.0L Fox GTDI engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. 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 vehicles with software that detects and prevents prolonged clutch slip, and will replace the clutch, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began January 17, 2019. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 18S07. Note: This recall is an expansion of Recall 18V-169.
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: 18V845000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2828
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
Jan 24 2017
Improperly welded apron joints may reduce the front-end structural integrity of the vehicle, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2016 Focus and C-Max vehicles. The floor pan may have improperly welded left-hand apron joints.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the apron joints, repairing the vehicle, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began March 8, 2017. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 17S03.
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: 17V052000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 17
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:HATCHBACK/LIFTGATE:LOCK
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
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