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.
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.