2012 Ford Focus Fuel Economy

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Thanks to its new direct-injection engine, along with a new six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission, improved aerodynamics, and a host of other advancements, the 2012 Ford Focus is more fuel-efficient than the model it replaces—even though it's heavier and packs more luxury and tech features.

Estimates with the manual gearbox are expected at 26/36, and 28/38 for most of the Focus line with the six-speed PowerShift automatic. When optioned with the Super Fuel Economy (SFE) package—which is only offered with the automatic transmission—its ratings go up to 28 mpg city, 40 highway.

That's impressive, but certainly not best-in-class. All 2011 Hyundai Elantra models achieve 29 mpg city, 40 highway, and the special Eco version of the 2011 Chevy Cruze gets 42 mpg highway. But the standard Focus models do as good or better than the Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic.

The 2012 Ford Focus is very good on gas, though it’s not quite the greenest choice in this class.

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