In the competitive field of
compact cars, Ford’s 2016 Focus
hatchback remain remarkably competitive, offering a wide assortment of trims, powertrains and price ranges. With fresh styling, a tech-rich interior and a reasonable price tag, the Focus has all it needs to challenge cars like the
Dodge Dart, Mazda3,
Hyundai Elantra and
Honda Civic. From the fuel-efficient 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine in the SE, to the tire-scorching power of the all-wheel-drive RS, the Focus is able to stare down just about every competitor. Then again, the Focus has no answer to the sporty Honda Civic and
Kia Fortecoupes, nor the affordable all-wheel-drive
2016 Ford Focus adds the option of a 6-speed automatic transmission to the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine. Ford’s Sync 3 is a vast improvement over the previous system, with better voice control and a more intuitive interface.
The 2015 Ford Focus is available with a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine that earns up to 42 mpg. All models get styling tweaks that include a new nose and tail to make it look more like the larger
Ford Fusion sedan, a new interior designed to be quieter and more driver-friendly, and a new SE Sport Package.
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.
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.
Improvements for 2007 include an Interior Upgrade Package, optional leather-trimmed sport seats with contrasting inserts and an available Street Appearance Package. A single-CD player and MP3 capability are standard, while a new optional system has a six-CD changer and steering-column controls.