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BASE
INVOICE
$15,843
BASE
MSRP
$16,810
Quick Take
Even without considering the top-performance ST, the 2014 Ford Focus is one of the best-driving small cars on the market--with the impression of being an accessible premium car, not a spruced-up econobox. Read more »
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The new Focus is handsome.

Car and Driver »

Gone is the somewhat tall and skinny form we're used to, replaced instead with more aggressive proportions and a ready stance.

Edmunds' Inside Line »

at the sharp end of the pack, making even the Germans seem tired and empty of fresh ideas

Edmunds »

swanky vibe

Consumer Guide »

From the exterior, there's no mistaking the 2012 Ford Focus for a flat-line commuter

Autoblog »
Pricing and Specifications by Style
$16,810 $24,115
MSRP $16,810
INVOICE $15,843
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4-Door Sedan S
Gas Mileage N/A
Engine Regular Unleaded I-4, 2.0 L
EPA Class Compact Cars
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style 4dr Car
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2014 Ford Focus 4-Door Sedan S
4-Door Sedan S
Regular Unleaded I-4, 2.0 L
Front Wheel Drive
$ 15,843 $ 16,810
2014 Ford Focus 4-Door Sedan SE
4-Door Sedan SE
Regular Unleaded I-4, 2.0 L
Front Wheel Drive
$ 17,358 $ 18,615
2014 Ford Focus 4-Door Sedan Titanium
4-Door Sedan Titanium
Regular Unleaded I-4, 2.0 L
Front Wheel Drive
$ 21,975 $ 23,565
2014 Ford Focus 5-Door HB SE
5-Door HB SE
Regular Unleaded I-4, 2.0 L
Front Wheel Drive
$ 17,824 $ 19,115
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The Basics:

The 2014 Ford Focus can serve as quite the reminder for how much small cars have evolved—in that it's fun, attractive, well-equipped, and affordable; but avoids all those noisy buzzkills of the past. And the Focus ST, in particular, might very well be the antidote to any bad memories.

The Focus ST is no doubt one of the hottest high-performance bargains of the year; but even before the ST we named the current generation of the Focus our 2012 Best Car To Buy.

The Focus skips the no-frills small-car image entirely, and it looks good in all of its guises, whether as a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback. But it does tend to look the best dressed in Titanium trim, where a set of coordinated details give the design some 'pop.' For better or worse, the cabin appearance takes design and styling to a new extreme. Some might find it a bit too swoopy and overstyled (and it does impinge on space a bit more than it should), but the vertically-oriented vents and pleasant surface scrulpting give it a look and feel that's original and complex--a definite plus in a crowded class of look-alike small cars.

The 160-hp, 2.0-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine that powers most of the lineup comes paired with either a five-speed manual gearbox or six-speed PowerShift dual-clutch automatic. But what's new for 2013 is a high-performance Focus ST variant that can get to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds and to a top speed of 155 mph. Packing a 240-hp turbocharged EcoBoost four and a six-speed manual—no automatic—it calls out to serious driving enthusiasts. Ford's electric power steering system provides nice weighting and it performs well, providing precise control but not transmitting much feel of the road.

You're likely to be happy with the Focus in most respects--it's a rather roomy, versatile, and refined small car. The only thing that we see as a flaw is the overly styled instrument panel layout, which detracts from front-seat space and usefulness. Whether you choose the sedan or hatchback, you get back seat accommodations that are virtually the same, with just enough legroom and headroom to fit even those over six feet. With the leather upholstery, there's no skimping on look and feel in back; you won't get mid-size comfort, but there's enough comfort back there for most six-footers.

Safety-wise, the Focus holds strong; it's one of the few compact sedans to have earned both a five-star NCAP Overall Score and IIHS Top Safety Pick status—including an 'acceptable' score in the tough new IIHS small overlap frontal test.

Prices on the Focus start around $17k, including destination, for the base Focus S, up to about $30k for a loaded Titanium with navigation and Active Park Assist, among other options. The 2014 Ford Focus stretches, arguably, between three tiers of vehicles in the U.S.: S and SE models make a reasonably strong value proposition against other compact sedans and hatches. Base S models are indeed quite basic, but they do include air conditioning, CD sound, and a tilt/telescopic steering wheel. SE models add cruise control, larger wheels, fog lamps, and Ford's MyKey system.

 

Likes:

  • Precise steering, deft handling
  • Composed, refined ride
  • Focus ST is a hoot
  • Extroverted styling
  • MyFord Touch is a standout in this class

Dislikes:

  • Space-robbing dash design
  • Cluttered base audio controls
  • Pricer than other compacts
  • Road noise
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