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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
7.2
Out of 10

Based on 470 Ratings for the 2012 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.4/10
    Quality
    7.2/10
  • Reliability
    7.4/10
    Performance
    7.6/10
  • Comfort
    7.6/10
    Styling
    8.1/10

AMAZING CAR!!!!!!!!

By on Friday, February 05, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I am 22 and I have gone through 5-6 Hondas, but I went out of my comfort zone and traded my fit (I grew to hate it because of the MPG in town 18-19) plus it did not offer much of anything expect cruise control. I traded it for a 2014 sedan/hatchback titanium focus (my original plan was to get a Honda insight.) At first I was little bummed because of the price, 16k. But my gosh it is so worth it! I do not regret it one bit. It drives smooth, looks amazing, I am still trying to figure which buttons work what. haha. It was love at first sight! I love everything about it. I have a three year old son and safety was a HUGE concern of mine and this car as it all, even great gas mileage! I live 2 hrs away from the dealership I bought it from by the time I had came back I had put 120 miles on the car and it still had more than half a tank of gas. In town it gets about 27, it changes a lot. I don't know what else to say about it. You pay for the price of the car and this is well worth every penny."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

So peppy and fun!

By on Wednesday, February 03, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I drove a van for 15 years and was SO looking forward to getting a peppy, fuel efficient and eye catching ride. I decided on the Focus 2 years ago after seeing a picture in a magazine with a great review of it. I bought it with 5000 miles and just loved it. One day recently I was online and read these reviews about the transmission problems. OMG! I got terrified mine would fall prey to these problems and immediately began to notice things about the shifting that I had never noticed before. So then I got very paranoid and took it to the dealer. They,of course, know that the DCT does often shudder at low speeds. They recalibrated the computers on the transmission AND gave me a free loaner car while it was serviced. It drives perfectly. When I began to think about how a manual transmission works, I changed my driving style because I have driven a stick. Instead of gently pressing on the gas from a dead stop, I now aggressively step on the gas and it zooms through those first 2 gears with no stuttering. Maybe thats what I should have done from the beginning but I always pressed gently to save gas. Don't do that in this car. PRESS! Anyway, it is fun to drive, it gets up and goes and I really love the design!"

I got what I expected!

By on Thursday, January 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

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
9/10

Pros: "Milage and comfort, handling is great."

Cons: "The 6 speed automatic has some issues."

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

"I bought this Focus because my father had one of the older models and got at least 10 years of relatively trouble free ownership. I have put 40000 on my Focus and only had minor transmission issues that the dealer tells me are inherent in this 6 speed automatic because of the kind of transmission it was originally, a manual that they combined with a computer operated clutch. The mileage has been 41 on the interstate for long trips and around 20 in town with stop and go driving. It is very comfortable with plenty of front leg room but the back is a bit tight."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Not crazy about it.

By on Friday, January 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "good price, great gas mileage"

Cons: "transmissions issues"

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

"I have had all kinds of problems with the transmission. It has been serviced once and needs to go back again. I thought I was purchasing an automatic transmission. Ford says it's not exactly automatic, acts more like a standard."

A Little Gem

By on Thursday, January 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

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: "Performance, practicality, price."

Cons: "no windshield darkening on top"

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

"This is my second Focus ST. The first was a 2013 lease and this is a 2015 lease. I wanted and found a combination of practicality, performance and price in this car. Other hot hatches may have marginally superior performance but with worse mpg, cargo space and price. The ST has the most bang for the buck; it handles like a dream and performs wonderfully. A couple of friends came to visit recently and I had room in the car for them as passengers and their large suitcases as cargo. I have room for materials for many of the projects around my home. The city mpg is good, on the highway very good. If I were to decide to buy it the price with my options (Recaro package)is very reasonable."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Most disapointing new car

By on Thursday, January 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,250

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "None."

Cons: "Stiff Steering, 39 feet Wide turning radius."

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

"I have had the focus st ST3 package for a year now and I still hate it. There are some real problems with this car, for instance Pros: Basically none. Cons: 1. The worst turning radius in the segment, 39 feet is ridiculous for a compact car, and i know a lot of people say its because it has bigger 18 inch tires, but that's not the reason. The GTI, WRX and Civic si all have the same tire size and they all have a very short turning radius. 2. Pedals are offset, and the gas pedal is not level so heal and toe is difficult. 3. Interior space is nonexistent. Center console is huge and there are no storage cubbys. 2 cup holders and a very small center arm rest is unexceptionable. 4. Back seat space for passengers is extremely small. A Honda fit has more legroom. Even front legroom is horrible. 5. Seats are terrible, very tight. 6. back cargo area is super small. 7. Turbo acceleration is off and on, you have to jam your foot into the accelerator to get any movement, and this car is not traffic friendly. Throttle is not smooth and is jumpy at low speeds. Many people have stalling problems. This is a known defect in the car. 8. Motor mounts are not strong enough, the car will make a clunking noise, another known defect with this car. 9. Gas mileage is typically between 18 and 22 miles to the gallon no matter what way i drive. 10. Shifter is clunky. Very notchy with extremely long throws. 11. Limited slip differential is not offered as standard equipment and not even as an option. The car has no traction. Roofline is too low, i typically hit my head on the ceiling, A pillers are too wide, and the windows are very small. Visibility is awful. 12. Car is too heavy, feels awful to drive. And is not agile because of all the weight. 13. Suspension tuning was not done right. The car crashes over bumps. 13. Steering is overly stiff all the time, even during low speeds, which makes parking even more difficult. This car is extremely hard to live with on a daily basis for all the reasons above. I do not recommended it at all."

4 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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