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2017 S 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $16,775
2017 SE 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $18,175
2017 SE 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $19,765
2017 SEL 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $21,175
2017 SEL 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $21,675
2017 Titanium 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $23,575
2017 Titanium 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $24,075

Overview

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:

Ford Focus

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.

Ford Focus

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.

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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.

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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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: 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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More than a mere model, Ford’s Focus is a veritable family of compact sedans and hatchbacks, each with its own personality and powertrain. The Focus was mildly reworked for 2015.

Pricing and Equipment

The Focus is available in two body styles – four-door sedan and five-door hatch. The same four trims are available on each model, although the roomier and more attractive hatchback demands a $2,990 premium. Starting at $17,650 (destination charge included) for the S trim, the Focus comes in three additional sedan trim levels: SE, SEL and top-level Titanium. The standard engine in the S model and most others is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, rated at 160 horsepower. The SE gets a standard 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder, making 123 horsepower. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard with the Focus S; six-speed with other versions. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission may be substituted, while the SE’s three-cylinder engine mates with a regular six-speed automatic.

Standard equipment for the thrifty SE, priced at $19,050, includes:

  • Six-speed manual gearbox (six-speed automatic optional)
  • Rearview camera
  • SYNC infotainment
  • Satellite radio
  • Air conditioning
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 16-inch alloy wheels

An optional SE Sport Package adds a firmer suspension, paddle shifters (with automatic), and 17-inch wheels. Drivers chillier states would be well served by the $645 Cold Weather Package, which adds heated front seats, a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated mirrors, and floor mats.

Ford also offers a sporty ST and an ultra-high-performance RS hatchback, as well as a Focus Electric. Each of these models is listed separately.

Performance Pros

Ford Focus
  • The Focus offers a refined ride. The firmly-tuned suspension copes effectively with bumps, transmitting few harsh reactions on rougher pavement.
  • Excellent road manners. Focus tops a number of rivals in agile handling, helped by crisp steering responses. Electric power steering is nicely weighted and provides precise control.
  • Even the base 2.0-liter engine is peppy. The 1.0-liter EcoBoost is genuinely snappy at low engine speeds.
  • Fuel-economy champ is the 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine, EPA-estimated at 30 miles per gallon city, 40 highway, and 34 combined with manual shift (27/38/31 mpg with automatic).

Performance Cons

  • Focus models with the 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine run out of steam quickly. In many ways, the three-cylinder turbo has many of the same pros and cons as a diesel engine – adequate torque, impressive fuel economy, but some clatter at idle and the tendency to peak early.
  • Road noise can be an issue. Coarse pavement may send a tinging sound into the cabin.
  • Low-speed shift quality with the dual-clutch automatic transmission is disappointing.

Interior Pros

  • Sync3 infotainment, with pinching and swiping capabilities on the capacitive screen, is far better than the old MyFord Touch system.
  • Overall, the cabin has a well-tailored appearance, though it does exude a sense of complexity.
  • Cargo space is similar in sedan and hatchback, but the latter is considerably more practical.

Interior Cons

Ford Focus
  • Sculpted dashboard design steals some front-passenger space and produces a rather cramped feeling. In the S model, the button-heavy center stack looks and feels messy.
  • Skimpy back-seat space, short on both head and leg room. Entry/exit is a challenge, too, and seats aren’t so easy to fold.
  • Sport front seats provide better support, but they’re included only with Titanium trim.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

A wide range of engines and trim levels is available, in a choice of two body styles make the Focus attractive to a huge swath of drivers. Five-star crash-test ratings from NHTSA are another “plus.”

The Least Pleasant Surprise

A rearview camera is standard, and such driver-assistance features as blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping assistance are optional, but only for upper-trim models. Active-safety systems like forward-collision warnings and automatic braking aren’t available at all.

The Bottom Line

Smooth styling melds with driving pleasure in a familiar compact sedan (or hatchback) that seems to offer something for just about anyone, from practical-minded family to track-ready zealot. Ford’s compact isn’t the cheapest of the lot, but the base S model (and especially, the fuel-thrifty SE) are the high-value choices.

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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
25 / 34 / 29 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
25 / 34 / 29 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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