Euro Roots. Stylish Sheetmetal. Athletic Soul.

With head-turning style and driver-pleasing dynamics, the Focus continues to be an attention-grabber. 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 either a 160-horesepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder or a 1.0-liter fuel-sipping EcoBoost 3-cylinder engine, and even more 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. The Ford Focus is notably smaller inside than many of its competitors, and is among the category's pricier entries.

Driving It

"Most will like the ride delivered by the SE trim, which can be nicely loaded up and still remain well below $25,000. The Titanium brings even more bells and whistles, but its larger tires and sport suspension create a rather firm ride. The standard 160-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder in the S Sedan and SE sedan or hatchback is strong. Stopping power is impressive across the line, even the base model." Find out more in our 2017 Ford Focus full review.

Variations on a Theme

In addition to a 4-door sedan, the Focus is available as a 5-door hatchback. The hatchback is available as a pure electric model with a range of 115 miles. On the high-performance side of the spectrum (and also exclusive to the hatch), there's the 252-horsepower Focus ST and the 350-horsepower Focus RS.

Owners Say reader Buck had this to say about his wife's Focus: "it is the wife's car, so far it is awesome. I am over six foot and 295 pounds, it is hard for a tall person to get into it but once in it is very comfortable, it is a little sluggish off the line but after about 5 mph it is a little rocket, it is not like our Ford Lightening but very impressive for such a small engine, it gets better than the sticker says on gas mileage, we are getting 29 mpg in town and I got 43.8 on our trip on the freeway." Read more Ford Focus consumer reviews.

Build and Price

The 2017 Ford Focus lineup starts at around $18,000 (with destination) and nears $28,000 when fully loaded. The turbocharged Focus ST starts above $25,000, the Focus Electric starts around $30,000 and the Focus RS has a base price of nearly $37,000. But those are sticker prices. Build and price your own 2017 Ford Focus to unlock this week's Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Spied: 2019 Ford Focus

This prototype of the next-generation Ford Focus was spotted while being tested in Europe. The all-new Focus hatch and sedan are expected to arrive in America for the 2019 model year.

More Compact Cars

The 2017 Ford Focus remains a fun-to-drive favorite, but don't overlook other sporty choices like the Mazda3. Check out our Compact Car Buyer's Guide to become an instant expert on all your options.

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