There's no question the compact car class is one of the competitive segments right now. With new entries such as the Dodge Dart and Hyundai Elantra. Ford recently launched an all-new Focus to compete against the stiff competition, but how does it stack up? That's the question we aim to answer in our latest video road test.
While there is no longer a Focus coupe, a hatchback has joined the lineup. Both the sedan and the five-door hatch feature rakish and sleek lines with a nice profile. The Focus features Ford's kinetic design theme with a rising belt line accented by nice creases.
Inside the Focus you'll find a complex design with cockpit like instrument panel. The center stack is thick and there's nice surface sculpting on the doors. The trim pieces are very nice and the finishes look classy for this segment. Overall there's a tailored look to the interior.
Fuel economy wise the EPA rates the Focus at 26 mpg in the city and 36 mpg with the manual transmission. But most of the Focus models will leave the dealer lot with the PowerShift dual-clutch transmission which is rated at 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. If you option for the super fuel economy package known as SFE, the ratings jump to 28 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.
While the Focus did miss a perfect five-star rating from the federal NCAP tests, it achieved top scores from the IIHS along with being named a Top Safety Pick. All the usual safety features are here such as front, side, and Safety Canopy curtain airbags. There's also a torque vectoring control system that helps provide balanced power delivery when coming out of corners.
With a base price of about $16,500, the Focus sedan offers a lot of style for the money. If you want the versatility of the five-door hatchback it'll cost a little over $18,000. Our tester is a mid-trim model SEL with a sticker price of just over $24,000. Opting for a fully loaded Titanium model with all the bells and whistles and you will be looking at almost a $28,000 sticker price. While there's no question the Focus is a value, we are disappointed that the base model does not feature Bluetooth as a standard feature, as we feel it's a safety item.
With the 2012 Focus Ford's showing us that small cars don't have to feel so cheap and that compacts can be satisfying to drive, better equipped, and luxurious.