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2014 Ford Focus

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2014 Ford Focus Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.0

In the intensely-competitive compact-car market, the details count for everything, and the 2014 Ford Focus covers those details. The Focus looks great on the outside without giving the impression it will fade from fashion in the next six months. The inside is modern and comfortable – it’s spacious and offers a generous assortment of premium features and touches with the ascending trim levels of S, SE and Titanium. You can have the Ford Focus as a 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback, and it’s fully competitive with all the likely suspects, including the import nameplates of Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Nissan Sentra, Toyota Corolla and Mazda Mazda3, and its fellow domestics the Chevy Cruze and Dodge Dart. Shopping in this market segment? The Focus deserves your attention.

You'll Like This Car If...

Want an efficient compact sedan with style, efficiency, technology and comfort that's still fun to drive? Give the 2014 Focus your close attention.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Some buyers might find the styling just a bit much. And if the pure bottom line is your main consideration, such competitors as the Chevy Cruze, Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte can deliver solid transportation value for less money.

What's New for 2014

For 2014, the only change of any significance for the Focus is a new Sport Appearance Package for the SE trim level, consisting of sport cloth seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and an available rear spoiler.

Driving the Focus
Driving Impressions

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. The higher trim-level Focus Titanium, when fitted with the optionally-available 18-inch wheels and 40-series tires, tends to ride a little firmer but handle even more responsively. For those times when bad weather or tricky situations require some assistance, the AdvanceTrak stability control, in combination with a torque-vectoring control system that transfers power to the wheel with the most grip, keeps things on course. With front disc/rear drum brakes on the Focus S and 4-wheel discs on higher trim levels, the brakes deliver sure stops. Even the Focus Electric can be considered fun to drive.

MYFORD TOUCH
Standard on Titanium trim levels, Ford's top-line infotainment and telematics package is based on an even more advanced – and now more user-friendly – application of the automaker's acclaimed SYNC voice-command system and includes a premium 10-speaker Sony sound system, with HD Radio, media hub, in-car Wi-Fi access and more.

GREAT DRIVING EXPERIENCE
Ford engineers went the extra mile to give the 2014 Focus commendable road manners and comfort, which is something we really appreciate.

2014 Ford Focus Details
Interior

While not the roomiest in its class, the cabin on the Focus boasts the look and feel of a more expensive car, reinforcing that premium character with loads of soft-touch surfaces and an abundance of sound-attenuation materials. Legible instrumentation and well-positioned controls in all versions are complemented by an 8.0-inch full-color touch-screen that replaces the normal multifunction display on Titanium models with the MyFord Touch infotainment and navigation system. The rear seat is scaled for two mid-sized adults but decently padded for three kids. Folding the 60/40 rear seatbacks to a semi-flat position adds utility to the regular Sedan's 13.2-cubic foot conventional trunk and raises the capacity of the Hatchback's cargo area from 23.8 to 44.8 cubic feet. However, the battery pack puts a big dent in cargo space on the Focus Electric.

Exterior

The Focus sedan and hatchback embody an aggressive and aerodynamic look that is effectively reinforced by a lower, sleeker windshield rake and flowing roofline set off by smartly-stylized headlight and taillight treatments. Filling its tastefully-flared fenderwells are wheel and tire packages that range from 195/65 all-season tires on 15-inch steel wheels on the Focus S Sedan to 215/55 tires with 17-inch aluminum rims on Titanium models. The top-line Focus Titanium is also available with an optional 18-inch wheel upgrade that includes 235/40 performance tires as well as a sport-tuned suspension.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Even the base Focus S sedan boasts an impressive complement of power assists, air conditioning, tilt/telescoping steering column, keyless remote entry, AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio, anti-lock disc/drum brakes and front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, while the SE adds SYNC with MyFord Driver Connect, cruise control, folding rear seat, 4-wheel discs, programmable MyKey and 16-inch tires on alloy wheels. The Titanium trim level has leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, push-button starting, SYNC/MyFord Touch, a 10-speaker Sony HD sound system, Sirius Satellite Radio and a 17-inch wheel and tire package. The richly-appointed Focus Electric features unique eco-fabric seat covers and adds voice-activated navigation.

Optional Equipment

The Focus S 4-door is available with the 6-speed dual-clutch auto-shifter and remote starting. SE models offer an Appearance Package (leather, 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, satellite radio, rear spoiler, and more), Interior Style Package (2-tone leather-trimmed seats, coordinated interior finish and steering wheel, premium floor mats, and more), Sport Package (sport cloth seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and available rear spoiler). Also available are a Winter Package, Appearance Black Package, Super Fuel Economy Package, power moonroof and navigation. Focus Titanium buyers can choose a 5-speed manual transmission, moonroof, navigation, the Technology Package, Style Packages, a Winter Package and a Handling Package.

Under the Hood

All conventional 2014 Focus models are fitted with a naturally-aspirated, direct-injected 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that uses Ford's twin-independent variable camshaft timing. This smooth free-revver makes 160 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque and can be paired with a 5-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic. On the SE with Sport Package and Titanium models, the automated-manual transmission adds SelectShift capability via a rocker switch on the shift lever. Auto-shifted SE sedans with the mileage-maxing SFE Package rate a 40-mpg EPA highway rating but the economy star is the Focus Electric. With a 143-horsepower permanent-magnet motor energized by a 23 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, this ultra-clean hatchback returns a remarkable 105 MPGe combined rating from the EPA.

2.0-liter inline-4
160 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
146 lb-ft of torque @ 4,450 rpm
EPA City/highway fuel economy: 26/36 mpg (manual), 28/38 mpg (automatic), 27/37 mpg (SelectShift automatic), 28/40 mpg (SFE trim, automatic)

Synchronous electric motor/generator
23kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack
107kW/143 horsepower
184 lb-ft of torque
Projected range: 76 miles

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2014 Ford Focus Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.1
Out of 10

Based on 498 Ratings for the 2012 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.4/10
    Quality
    7.2/10
  • Reliability
    7.4/10
    Performance
    7.5/10
  • Comfort
    7.6/10
    Styling
    8.0/10

You get what you pay for

By on Monday, July 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,289

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great roadtrip car"

Cons: "could have a bigger console"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I traded in a Dodge Ram Quad Cab for a 2016 Ford Focus Titanium. I purchased it with 189 miles on it. Less than a month of owning it, my fiancé and I took the Focus to Las Vegas. The gas mileage was amazing and only cost approximately $150 to get it their and back on this trip. The Ceramic interior is great for a domestic vehicle. The sync 3 system is very fast and responsive. The Navigation is very accurate even down to the speed of the road you are on. For a smaller car the room in this vehicle is quite exponential. We are expecting our first child and it's pretty amazing that a car seat will fit in this car a lot easier than a quad cab pick up. I miss having a truck, but the Focus is a great financial move. This car is very stylish and sporty. It feel's a lot more luxurious than what someone would think a "Focus" should be. I can't drive this car enough!"

No repairs..35MPG..has always run fine.

By on Saturday, July 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Reliable despite Cons. Rpt stuff. MPG!"

Cons: "Acceleration modest so plan ahead E.G. on ramps"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Zero repairs; did put on new tires few months ago... change oil per Ford instructions. Solid 35 MPG. What's not to like."

Great Little Car

By on Thursday, July 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive and economical"

Cons: "Not the greatest head room for tall folks"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is an amazing little car. It rides like a big sedan, gets 27 to 28 mpg city and 38 mpg hwy. it is quick "off the line" when you need that shot of speed in traffic. It corners tightly, almost like a sports car. The paint is still great after 2 years not garaged. I highly recommend this car."

I wouldnt Buy a 2013-2015 ford focus

By on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,800

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
2/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I've had nothing but issues with this car I have had the clutch replaced 5 times and still the problem isn't fixed and ford isn't willing to buy back my car. I would not recommend a ford to anyone go with another brand like Mazda or Chevy."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Love it!

By on Friday, July 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Excellent MPG"

Cons: "nothing so far"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I read so many bad reviews about this car that at some point I wasn't sure about getting it, so I saw some elantra's, sentra's, forte's and civic's but the focus was my favorite one, so I ended up getting it. I drive every day 35 miles to go to work, and of course another 35 to go back home, and I haven't yet felt that "shaking" that a lot of people are talking about. I love my focus and I am very happy about my decision! MPG= 40.2 so far... thats my favorite part, it is super economic! I drive most of the time on the highway and it has a lot of power, sometimes I have to slow down because I'm going over 80mph. I wanted a car just for a few months but now I want to have this car for a couple of years."

10 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Would Be Amazing Minus Transmission Problems

By on Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,086

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good gas mileage, fun to drive, comfortable,"

Cons: "Major transmission problems"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"This is the first car I ever purchased new and I went all out with the Titanium to get all of the extras I wanted like leather interior and a moon roof. This car is great on gas, handles really well, is good for long drives, can actually hold quite a bit in the trunk, and is comfy. If that was it, I would absolutely say this is the best car ever because I really, truly love it. BUT, there is a recall on the transmission that I've brought my vehicle in for several times and it's still not right. Everything was fine with the car initially, then after a couple months it started shuddering when shifting through first gear and got progressively worse. I took it in a few times before they finally ordered a replacement clutch and serviced my vehicle. Everything was great after getting the new clutch for a few months and then my car started shuddering again when shifting through first gear, and now second gear as well. I just brought it in to the dealer again and they said two of the computer systems responsible for the transmission shifting gears needed to be reprogrammed, which they did and the transmission is still shuddering through first and second gear. I'm so bummed out because I love everything else about this car, but this is not great for a car that's only 2 years old."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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