Euro roots, stylish sheetmetal, athletic soul.
With head-turning style and driver-pleasing dynamics, the latest Focus has been an attention-grabber since its introduction for the 2012 model year. Created in England under the worldwide One Ford development plan, the U.S. Focus differs only slightly from the European versions in terms of suspension tuning and general performance, yielding brisk responses and a distinctly athletic feel. Sedan versions are propelled by a 160-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, although other powertrains are available in the Focus 5-door hatchback. The distinctive exterior styling is corroborated by spiffy appointments within the driver-centric interior, enhanced by supportive front bucket seats. Although Ford's switch-free, knobless MyTouch secondary control system continues to play to the sound of one hand clapping, its other virtues continue to keep it near the top of the compact sales charts.
At the Wheel
From our review: "With its internationally-inspired engineering and design foundations, the 2014 Ford Focus delivers a first-class driving experience. All trim levels are noted for a comfortable feel to the ride combined with quick response and confidence-inspiring stability." Read our full review of the 2014 Ford Focus.
SE models add the option of a new Sport Package with bolstered cloth bucket seats, leather wrapping for the steering wheel and shift knob, and the availability of a rear spoiler. Previously limited to automatic transmissions, top-of-the-line Platinum models will offer the choice of a 5-speed manual. A 123-hp 3-cylinder EcoBoost turbo engine is on the near horizon.
Two of the Best
The Ford Focus earned a spot on our most recent list of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000, while its hi-po big bro, the Focus ST, claimed space on the decidedly different list of 10 Coolest Cars Under $25,000.
Build and Price
Focus sedans are available in three trims -- S, SE (with four style variants), and the high-line Titanium (with an available Handling Package). Build and price your own 2014 Ford Focus right here at KBB.com to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
In addition to a formal 4-door sedan, the Focus is available as a 5-door hatchback, which includes a pure electric model (published one-charge range: 105 miles) and the 256-hp ST, one of the hottest high-performance entries in the compact class.
KBB.com visitor M D Sims from Illinois wrote a balanced, helpful review that included this bit: "The leather interior is very nice for a vehicle in this bracket and the entertainment system is sweet...BUT, the system is not intuitive at all, the transmission isn't the smoothest and there are not enough cubby holes on the dash (no place to store change for tolls). The vehicle has a firm but pleasant ride and our car has really low miles, which is a plus for us. With all the nitpicking, I'd recommend the Focus to all that would ask." Read more Ford Focus consumer reviews.
Other Compact Cars
Hard to believe the Focus is already one of the segment's older entries, but it remains a compelling, competitive choice. Check out all your compact car options for 2014 to help decide if the Focus is right for you.
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