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2016 S 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $17,225
2016 SE 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $18,515
2016 SE 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $19,015
2016 Titanium 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $23,225
2016 Titanium 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $23,725

Overview

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

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

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

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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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The Ford Focus pulls into the 2016 model year as one of the world’s best-selling models. With this status under its belt, Ford is not too fond of changing too much about the model. This is why the 2016 Focus is little more than a carryover of its popular and highly rated 2015 model.

Pricing and Equipment

As an economy car, the 2016 Focus’ pricing must start low enough to remain competitive in its segment, which it does thanks to a price of $17,225 for the sedan in base S trim. At this entry level, the Focus comes with standard features that most buyers would expect from this class, including:

  • Manual Transmission
  • 15-inch steel wheels
  • Cloth seats with manual adjustments
  • Manual climate control
  • Four-speaker audio system
  • Power door locks and windows

Like most cars in its class, the Focus has multiple trims, some of which add high-end features. Where the Focus pulls apart from the class is with its available hatchback model, and the performance-oriented ST and RS trims.

Performance Pros

Ford Focus

Like all economy cars, the Focus has thrifty powertrains available that get up to 42 mpg highway and deliver acceptable performance. Where the 2016 Focus really stands out is its high-output versions that separate themselves from the segment.

  • Up to 42 mpg and 123 horsepower from 1-liter EcoBoost engine
  • Dedicate balance of handling and comfort
  • RS model with all-wheel drive and 350 horsepower
  • Also-exciting 252-horsepower ST trim

Performance Cons

While the 1-liter EcoBoost engine delivers great fuel economy numbers, its acceleration is underwhelming at best.

  • Real-world fuel economy poor in ST
  • Rough ride in performance models
  • Thrifty 1-liter engine not even close to quick

Interior Pros

The Focus has plenty of standard features to please most entry-level buyers, and its range-topping trims appeal to buyers who can spend a bit more.

  • Well-equipped Titanium trim outdoes some entry-level luxury cars
  • Base features are plentiful
  • Performance models' seats are great for spirited driving

Interior Cons

The large instrument panel and center stack make the front seats feet pretty cramped, and there are some comfort issues on long trips in the ST or RS models.

  • While the stylized dash is nice, it takes away useful space in the seating area
  • ST and RS models' Recaro seats are not made for long trips
  • Back seat is a little cramped

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The number of features available with the Focus is incredible. Most compact cars these days offer a decent list of options to luxe them up a bit, but the compact Ford is at a different level.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

While the Focus’ cabin isn’t small, its bulbous dashboard makes it feel a lot more cramped than it needs to. We appreciate Ford’s attempt at creating a look that isn’t bland, but it takes away from comfort.

The Bottom Line

Ford Focus

The Focus is one of the best-selling models in the world for a good reason. It not only has the thrifty side of the compact car segment down to a science, but it also excels at being luxurious and performance-oriented. Other compact cars just cannot match this do-it-all model.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.0L I-4 / 160 HP / 146 ft.lbs.
Available: 2.0L I-4 / 159 HP / 146 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 5-spd man w/OD
Available: 6-spd auto-shift man w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
26 / 36 / 31 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.0L I-4 / 160 HP / 146 ft.lbs.
Available: 2.0L I-4 / 159 HP / 146 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
26 / 36 / 31 Mpg
Brakes
Front Disc/rear Drum
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Short And Long Arm
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
12.4 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$47
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
13.2 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
91 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
178.5 "
Exterior Width
71.8 "
Exterior Height
57.7 "
Front Headroom
38.3 "
Rear Headroom
38.0 "
Front Legroom
41.9 "
Rear Legroom
33.2 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.7 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,935 Lbs. / 2,963 Lbs.
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
18.0 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
15.0 " Steel
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Convex Spotter
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Accents
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
4
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Securilock
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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