Final EPA figures are now in and the news is good for Ford's latest offering. The 2012 Ford Focus SE Sedan with the optional SFE (Super Fuel Economy) package has notched a 28 mpg city rating from the EPA and officially returns 40 mpg on the highway. The Focus SFE becomes the fourth model in the corporate lineup to earn at least 40 mpg, joining the Ford Fiesta SE with SFE package (40 mpg highway) and the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (41 mpg city).
Several functional enhancements help the 2012 Ford Focus SFE make its mileage bogey. For starters, the most fuel-efficient version of this new compact four-door model is fitted with Ford's six-speed dual-clutch PowerShift automatic transmission, a cog-changer that improves mileage by up to nine percent compared to a conventional four-speed autoshifter. The other key SFE-spec enhancement is an active grille shutter system that automatically opens and/or closes to meet underhood cooling requirements. In addition to speeding warm-ups and optimizing aero efficiency, Ford says the shutters can cut CO2 emissions by up to two percent. Also in the mix are special 16-inch steel wheels with low-rolling-resistance tires, four-wheel disc ABS brakes and a special "SFE" badge.