2016 Ford Focus Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on February 9, 2016 10:56 AM

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-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder or a 1.0-liter fuel-sipping EcoBoost, 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 among the category's pricier entries.

What's New?

For 2016, the optional 1.0-liter 3-cylinder turborcharged engine, with fuel economy as good as 30 mpg in the city and 42 on the highway, is now available with an automatic transmission. The car's user-friendly interior now uses Sync3, the best version yet of Ford's connectivity system. And, for the first time, Ford is bringing its fire-breathing 350-horsepower Focus RS to the U.S.

Driving It

"As Ford’s 'world car,' the compact 2016 Focus is sold in multiple countries, meaning its driving characteristic and styling must undergo more scrutiny than the average domestic. What else can explain this simple compact’s excellent driving characteristics, ergonomically pleasing interior layout and wide range of models and engines?" Find out more in our 2016 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 105 combined MPGe. Range is 76 miles for 2016, projected to go up to 100 miles for the 2017 model. On the high-performance side of the spectrum (and also exclusive to the hatch), there's the 252-horsepower Focus ST and the new Focus RS.

Owners Say

KBB.com reader and Focus owner Vegcyclist has a succinct, balanced view of the Focus: "Pros: Comfortable size for city or suburban living, trunk space, handling, gas mileage. Cons: Have had transmission/clutch serviced twice. Rear seat legroom. Center stack and console cut down on interior room." Read more Ford Focus consumer reviews.

Build and Price

The 2016 Ford Focus lineup starts around $18,000 (with destination) and can top $28,000 when fully loaded. The turbocharged Focus ST starts around $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 2016 Ford Focus to unlock this week's Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

More Compact Cars

The 2016 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.


Photo Gallery: Ford Focus Inside and Out


 

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