Starting Price: $18,735 | Price yours

Above Average: Sporty performance, fuel economy, styling

Below Average: Interior room, car can get pricey

Consensus: Driver-centric but highly practical


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

"Few cars in the compact class are as fun to drive as the 2018 Ford Focus. It handles well, its steering is quick and responsive with plenty of feel and its stopping power is impressive. The standard 160-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder in the S and SEL models is strong." Find out more in our 2018 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.

Ford Focus Shoppers Also Look At

Owners Say reader Ronnie 1 had this to say about the Focus: "On the highway it varies but its been as high as 44 miles a gallon to 39 miles a gallon and to me thats without being a hybrid. it has pretty good pick up a little smaller then id like. If your heavy set this may NOT be the car for you. But it is very comfortable on long rides." Read more Ford Focus consumer reviews.

Build and Price

The 2018 Ford Focus lineup starts at just over $18,000 (with destination) and nears $28,000 when fully loaded. The turbocharged Focus ST starts at about $26,000, the Focus Electric starts around $30,000 and the Focus RS has a base price of nearly $42,000. But those are sticker prices. Build and price your own 2018 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 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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