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Last year, Ford's long-popular compact sedan and hatchback enjoyed a midlife makeover, with just enough updating to keep the Focus on plenty of buyer’s consideration lists. Nothing changed dramatically, apart from a revised grille, hood and trunk, a retuned suspension, and availability of advanced safety features, which are growing common even in the compact league. Biggest news was under the hood: a new three-cylinder EcoBoost engine, as an high-efficiency alternative to the standard four-cylinder.

What's New for 2016

Changes are minor and few for the 2016 model year. During 2016, however, a performance-packed Focus RS will join the U.S. lineup for the first time, following a lengthy history in Europe.

Ford Focus Front Quarter

Choosing Your Ford Focus

Once again, the Focus comes as a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback. The latter offers greater cargo-hauling capability, while the sedan is hardly devoid of convenience, with its split-folding rear seat.

  • The standard engine is, again, a 2-liter four-cylinder, developing 160 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. It mates with either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
  • Optional only for the SE model, the EcoBoost 1-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine produces 123 horsepower and 148 pound-feet. A six-speed manual is the sole transmission. An EcoBoost Focus with manual shift is estimated at 35 mpg in combined driving, versus 30 mpg for the equivalent 2-liter. The difference is smaller when comparing automatic transmissions.

(Ford also offers a battery-powered Focus Electric and a high-performance Focus ST, covered in separate entries.)

The Focus is offered in S, SE and Titanium trim levels:

Ford Focus Interior Seats

S

Available only in sedan form, the entry-level Focus comes with a rearview camera, Ford's SYNC voice-activated phone and audio interface, a four-speaker sound system with CD player, and power front windows, locks and mirrors. The S rolls on 15-inch steel wheels.

SE

The midrange trim level comes in either the sedan or hatchback body style. Priced nearly $1,300 higher than an S sedan, the SE adds such conveniences as automatic headlights, cruise control, power rear windows, trip computer, rear air vents, two additional speakers, steering-wheel audio controls, and 16-inch alloy wheels.

  • An SE Luxury package provides leather-upholstered seating with a power driver’s seat, ambient interior lighting, an overhead console, reverse sensing system, satellite radio, center rear armrest, and four-wheel disc brakes. Outside are LED running lights, foglamps, and 17-inch gloss black aluminum wheels. Sedans include a rear spoiler.
  • An SE with automatic transmission can get the SE Sport package, which includes all-disc brakes, a rear spoiler, paddle shifters, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, foglamps, an aerodynamic body kit, and 17-inch machined aluminum wheels.
  • The SE EcoBoost package brings the three-cylinder EcoBoost engine with start-stop technology, as well as a black bar-style grille, foglamps, LED signature lighting, all-disc brakes, and 16- or 17-inch aluminum wheels.
  • SE and Titanium models are eligible for the SE Cold Weather package, which adds heating functions to the front seats, side mirrors, and steering wheel.

Individual options include navigation, remote start, a moonroof, and rear parking sensors.

Ford Focus Interior

Titanium

Topping the range, the Focus Titanium adds more than $4,700 to the SE's base price. In addition to the contents of the SE Appearance package and the Sony sound system, Titanium trim includes leather upholstery, a power driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, pushbutton start, rear parking sensors, 10-speaker Sony audio, HD radio, remote start, heated front seats and power mirrors, and 17-inch wheels, along with trim upgrades inside and out. An automatic transmission is standard.

  • The Titanium Technology package includes sophisticated safety features like automatic high-beam control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane keep assist.

Standalone options include navigation and a moonroof. Exclusive Titanium options include an automatic parallel parking system and 18-inch wheels.

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CarsDirect Tip

Most buyers pick the SE for its overall value and abundant equipment choices, including the EcoBoost engine. Titanium trim is the only route to the optional safety systems, which are among the most advanced in this vehicle class.

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