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
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 2017 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

"Less than smooth shifting"

Dave S., MB (2017 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"delayed movement and hesitant shifting gears"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"Made odd noise while shifting, but dealer says that noise is common for transmission and within dealer parameters."

Thomas H., IN (2017 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It was a recall twice that was recently fixed."

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Ford Focus)

"Change in transmission type makes it drive differently from previous models. Causes minute stalls when starting from stop"

Anonymous, IA (2017 Ford Focus)
Slipping transmission

"Bucks when you stat from a stop"

Frank C., MA (2017 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission slipped on inclines, stuttered when driving, not sure if it would continue functioning; Ford said no problems. Traded it in on a Jeep to ensure our safety."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Ford Focus)

"The transmission simply failed to engage. I believe they said the clutch actuator had to be replaced and the dealer said that was the first time they had seen that happen but another car came in with the same problem that same day."

Anonymous, WI (2017 Ford Focus)

"the transmission slips when shifting. It is especially bad from 1st to 2nd and then 2nd to 3rd. It really delays the acceleration and starting from a stop."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This is a case of a new automatic transmission design not fully explained by the dealer. We were told the erratic accel and shift conditions noticed during the new car test drive would go away over time as the car's computer learned our driving style. In actuality I studied up on the trans and learned it has dual clutches (no torque converter) and have learned to tolerate it and how to operate it. For example: when parked on a slope, keep your foot on the brake until you press the throttle to start moving the car otherwise when you take the trans out of park the car will start to roll downhill just like a manual trans with the clutch depressed. We have had 2002 and 2009 model year Focus which were great cars getting 40+mpg on the highway with no significant issues. Our 2017 is close to the 40mpg highway number but has disappointed us with the trans/clutch operation, rattle above passenger sun visor and rattly noise from chassis on rough road."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"Rough shifting."

Carlos H., GA (2017 Ford Focus SE 2.3-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

Cylinder head

"Service bulletin issued so I took it in and work was completed."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Focus RS 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Head gasket

"Mandatory safety recall to inspect the head gasket. Mine did not have any issues upon inspection, but I lost use of the car for a week during the recall."

Anonymous, MI (2017 Ford Focus RS 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Ford had a recall to replace faulty head gaskets."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Focus RS 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The car was recalled with the possibility of a head gasket failure. Checking (five hour pressure test), showed the gasket needed to be replaced which eventually was. I used a free rental during the repair. It turns out my brother with a similar car had both the head and gasket replaced."

Geoffrey S., NY (2017 Ford Focus RS 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Factory service bulletin was issued so I took it in."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Focus RS 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There was a recall for the head gasket. It took over a week to replace. (This was no failure.)"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Ford Focus RS 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Ford Motor issued a service campaign for either a cylinder head replacement or a cylinder head gasket depending on a cooling system pressure test."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Focus RS 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"From the factory, the wrong head gasket was installed in most RSs made between 2016-2017 which lead to some cars having their engines blow. After a threat of a class action lawsuit, Ford finally acknowledged there might be a problem. There was a customer satisfaction program not a recall that all RSs had to go back to the dealership to have their cylinder heads pressure tested. After much confusion about what to do from dealership to dealership, a protocol was finally issued by corporate. If the engines lost more than 4psi, they had to boroscope the cylinder head to see if coolant leaked into the cylinder head. If they found coolant in the head, the RS would get a new head gasket and new cylinder head. If no coolant was found, only the head gasket would be replaced on all RSs. In addition, a new high pressure fuel line and bolt would also be installed in all RSs. My car only needed a new head gasket, fuel line and bolt. Total time I was without a car was 5 days. Ford paid for a rental car for 4 days."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Focus RS 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Dry clutch was a flop with Ford. They bought back my 2014 and gave me a great deal on the 2017 only to have the same replacement issue"

Todd M., MO (2017 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"delayed movement and difficulty changing from 2nd to 3rd gears."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace the clutch pack on the autoshift transmission at approx. 22,000 miles under warranty. Transmission was shifting roughly and clutches were slipping as they rengaged after a shift."

Anonymous, IN (2017 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Dual clutch automatic sucks."

Anonymous, GA (2017 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The vehicle experience slipping transmission and clutch issues almost immediately after driving it the 1st few months. The transmission received digital computer corrections and after 1 year of back order the clutches and seals were replaced. The transmission still hesitates and shift awkwardly."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Ford did not honor warranty after major transmission failure"

Randall H., PA (2017 Ford Focus ST 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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 freezes up

"Display has horizontal lines across it making it difficult to read and operate"

Anonymous, MI (2017 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Stereo interface and controls were awful"

Randall H., PA (2017 Ford Focus ST 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Speakers

"Front-driver side speaker started buzzing and crackling when playing music at normal volumes"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Focus ST 2.0-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.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"In early December of 2018 we received a recall letter from Ford notifying us of an issue with the vehicle. The letter indicated that a valve in the emissions system may get stuck open, generating a vacuum in the fuel tank, causing the tank to deform, which would allow the vehicle to suddenly loose fueling without warning. The temporary fix was to keep the gas tank over halfway full according to the gauge, and the letter indicated we would be notified of a fix when available. It's now the end of May 2019, and after six months of fueling up twice as often, we are still waiting for the solution to the problem."

Anonymous, CO (2017 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Recall of control valve for carbon canister (?). Parts on back order for approximately 4 months. Still waiting for car to be repaired."

Larry W., (2017 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)

"the paint just scratches easily"

Anonymous, CT (2017 Ford Focus)

"The car arrived with dull paint patches on the hood. The dealer subsequently identified that and other problems. The hood, roof and hatch were repainted paid by the manufacturer (Ford Motor Company)"

Geoffrey S., NY (2017 Ford Focus RS 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"After less than 23000 miles the engine developed a misfire, generating sputtering and stuttering on cold start and throwing a check engine light. Car was taken to a dealership, where the spark plugs were swapped out (and sent back to Ford) and the ECU was flashed, under warranty. There was a technical service bulletin on this particular issue, indicating it is a known issue."

Anonymous, CO (2017 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 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

Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"the front suspension failed completely causing the car to veer out of control to the right and caused a major accident with bodily injuries and a complete totalling of the car."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Focus Electric Electric)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"compressor failed. dealer replaced it for free since under warranty. completely satisfied."

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Ford Focus SE 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

"On delivery, car had a loud noise that was eventually traced to a rear brake caliber retainer. Still has a rattle in the electronics pod on the windshield. Still there after 2 tries to fix."

Anonymous, MI (2017 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.

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.

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

Drive System

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

Brakes

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

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE
Jul 05 2019
The excessive vacuum 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 and 2017 Focus vehicles equipped with 2.0L GDI gasoline engines and 2013-2014 Focus ST vehicles equipped with 2.0L GTDI engines, previously recalled under 18V-735. The affected vehicles did not have the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) updated as intended. Therefore, the Canister Purge Valve (CPV) may malfunction, possibly causing excessive vacuum in the 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 July 29, 2019. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S22.
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: 19V515000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 57488
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
SEAT BELTS:REAR
Aug 28 2017
The reduced seat back strength may increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2017 Focus vehicles. The rear left side seat back frame may have an insufficient weld between the outboard pivot bracket and the pivot nut joint, resulting in the seat back having reduced strength. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 207, "Seating Systems," and 210, "Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages."
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the rear second left side rear seat back as necessary, free of charge. The recall began October 10, 2017. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 17C13.
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: 17V528000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 698
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
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