The Ford Focus was introduced to the North American market in 1999 for the 2000 model year. During the first half of 2012, the Focus replaced the Toyota Corolla as the world’s best selling automobile nameplate. The Focus was named one of the 50 greatest cars of the past 50 years by CAR, a British automobile magazine. The Focus is available in an all electric for 2014, but that vehicle is not included in this article.
Powertrain and Fuel Economy
For 2014 the Focus comes with a standard 2.0L four-cylinder engine. The lower trim packages, S and SE, feature a standard five-speed manual transmission with a six-speed automatic offered as an option. The automatic, dubbed ”Powershift” by Ford, is technically a dual clutch automated manual shift and is standard equipment for the Titanium trim package. The automatic offers 27 mpg city/38 mpg highway, but the manual only offers 26/36. When you add the Super Fuel Economy package, the EPA estimates jump to 28 and 40.
Standard safety equipment for the 2014 model year include front and rear antilock brakes, stability control, front side airbags, and side curtain airbags. The standard SE package brakes from 60 to a stop in around 130 feet. That is a bit slower than other models in the compact category.
The Focus performed well in crash testing by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The NHTSA granted the Focus four-star rating out of five and the IIHS bestowed its highest rating of Good on the model.
Overall, the Ford Focus is a good car. The fuel economy, comfort, and safety of the Focus are among the best in class. The MyFord Touch system is a bit difficult to use. It is better with the Sync voice command system, but often the touchscreen is hard to use…it is easy to touch the wrong virtual button and the screen is hard to use while driving. The Focus also has notably less cabin noise than other vehicles in its class.
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