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Two years ago, Ford's compact sedan and hatchback enjoyed a midlife makeover, with just enough updating to keep the Focus at the top of its game. It continues for 2017 with sharp looks, fine handling, and high efficiency.

What's New for 2017

A new SEL trim level has joined the Focus group, positioned between SE and Titanium models.

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Choosing Your Ford Focus

Once again, the Focus comes as a four-door sedan or hatchback. The latter offers greater cargo-hauling capability, but the sedan is hardly short on convenience with its standard split-folding rear seat.

The standard engine in most versions 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.

Available on the SE only (where it’s standard), the EcoBoost 1-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine produces 123 horsepower and 148 pound-feet. A six-speed manual is standard, with automatic optional. An EcoBoost Focus with manual shift is estimated at 34 mpg in combined city/highway driving, versus 28 mpg for the 2-liter. The difference is smaller with the automatic transmission: 27/38 mpg city/highway (31 mpg combined) for the 1-liter EcoBoost, versus 26/38 mpg city/highway (31 mpg combined) for the 2-liter.

(Ford also offers the Focus Electric and high-performance ST and RS models, covered in separate entries.)

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

S

Available only in sedan form and starting at $17,650 (destination charge included), the entry-level Focus comes with a rearview camera, Ford's SYNC infotainment interface, a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, and power locks, mirrors, and front windows. The S sedan rolls on 15-inch steel wheels. An automatic transmission adds $1,095.

SE

The midrange trim level comes in either sedan or hatchback body style. Priced $1,400 higher than an S sedan, the SE adds conveniences like automatic headlights, cruise control, power rear windows, illuminated entry, rear air vents, two additional speakers, steering-wheel audio controls, satellite radio, and 16-inch aluminum wheels. In the SE sedan, the EcoBoost 1.0-liter engine is standard; choosing the 2.0-liter adds $1,095 to the price. Only the 2-liter is offered for the SE hatchback, which costs $1,590 more than the sedan. The SE EcoBoost Appearance package adds start-stop technology, black grille trim, foglamps, LED exterior lighting, all-disc brakes, and 16-inch machined aluminum wheels. The SE Cold Weather package tacks on heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated side mirrors.

SEL

New for 2017 and priced $2,800 below the top-dog Titanium, the SEL comes in sedan or hatchback form with the 2-liter engine only. Included are 17-inch machined aluminum wheels, black headlight bezels, LED running lights, foglamps, dual-zone automatic climate control, SYNC 3, a reverse sensing system, a 10-speaker Sony sound system, and a sunroof. The SEL hatchback body costs $500 more than the sedan.

Titanium

The line-topping Titanium builds on the SEL with leather upholstery, a power driver power, keyless access and ignition, and remote start. The contents of the cold Weather package and the automatic transmission are also standard. The $795 Titanium Technology package includes sophisticated safety features like automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane keeping assist. Standalone options include navigation and an automatic parallel parking system.

CarsDirect Tip

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

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