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The 2015 Ford Focus gets a new optional 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine for better fuel economy, a new nose and tail to make it look more like the larger Ford Fusion sedan, a new interior designed to be quieter and more driver-friendly, and a new SE Sport Package.
Fully redone for 2012, the Ford Focus is largely unchanged for the 2013 model year except for the availability of a 5-speed manual transmission on the top-line Titanium trim level, the departure of the semi-premium SEL version in favor of a more comprehensively-appointed SE and the arrival of the hot, new Focus ST (reviewed separately).
A comprehensive makeover raises an already popular player in its segment to a position of prominence and possible dominance thanks to the addition of a new hatchback body style, greatly-expanded/upgraded feature set and a range-topping Titanium trim level. And while the 2012 Ford Focus Electric marks the Blue Oval's first crack at a mainstream electric car, they succeeded in producing a relatively affordable gas-free vehicle that drives, feels and looks like a conventional car.
New standard equipment for 2010 includes anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, remote keyless entry, power door locks, MyKey configurable key and a driver's message center. SE, SES and SEL models receive a perimeter alarm, while a new SE Sedan Appearance Package adds 15-inch alloy wheels, decklid spoiler and fog lamps. Also new this year is the available SYNC communications system with Traffic, Directions and Information, which can provide traffic updates as well as turn-by-turn directions.
An SEL trim is added to the sedan lineup, touting leather seating, the SYNC audio system and chrome door handles. The SES trims receive a refreshed front grille, a roof-mounted rear spoiler (Coupe) and optional 17-inch wheels (Sedan). AdvanceTrac stability control is now available on all models.
Comprehensive restyling and retuning give the Focus a more contemporary flair and even better handling. The hatchbacks and wagon are discontinued, but the sedan is joined by a new coupe. All now feature air conditioning, tilt steering column and front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, plus SYNC (standard on SES) that adds in-car connectivity for cell phones and personal media players.
The compact-car market is one of the most intensely competitive out there, and it's the details that make a car a winner. The 2015 Ford Focus hones in on those details, with exterior styling that won't look old in 12 months, and the modern and comfortable interior features numerous usability upgrades, whether you choose the S, SE or Titanium trim level. The 2015 Ford Focus remains available as a 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback, and it gives up virtually nothing to competitors like the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Nissan Sentra, Toyota Corolla and Mazda Mazda3. It also holds its own against domestics like the Chevy Cruze and Dodge Dart. If you're shopping for a compact, the Focus deserves your attention.
By Flash on Thursday, February 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive, power, handling, reliable"
Cons: "fuel economy, SYNC"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Even after 32000 miles, track days and a few autox's the car has been fantastic. No major issues, only minor glitch's with SYNC, though after the most recent update it's worked really well. As an overall car for under $30k it's hard to beat for a daily driver that you can still take to the track or autox on the weekends."
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By ST Texas on Wednesday, February 05, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,200overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Power, Exterior Styling, Manual, Recaro Seats"
Cons: "Rear seat room, Cheap guages on dash, torque steer"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"When I first test drove this car I new I was going to buy it. The ST is probably the best hot hatchback currently available in its price range. The interior is decent but the exterior is whats best. This car has a lot of power for its size and is truly a pleasure to drive day in and day out. Now that I have a car that is a manual, I will likely never switch back to an automatic. This is a great car, and I thoroughly enjoy it every day. The only downside I can think of would be the cheap gauges on the dash (almost as if they were an afterthought) along with ridiculous torque steer."
4 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Rich on Tuesday, December 16, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "quick, great transmission, flat handling"
Cons: "loud road noise, would like more torque"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Bought this car as a commuter primarily but also to carry my family of 5 occasionally. Sport model for a nicer interior and rear disc brakes to go along with the 5spd manual for occasional autocross races. Very nice fit/finish but road noise is high and interferes with the bluetooth speakerphone. Driving dynamics are very good with a couple of exceptions - engine has very little torque at low rpm and seems to have a heavy flywheel which makes gearchanges a little weird. On the plus side high end horsepower is good and the transmission is great. In all an enjoyable car with good (34mpg) mileage that can be flexible when you need it to be."
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful