If you want an extremely efficient Ford Focus—even one that doesn't have a gas tank—you can get one. That would be the 2014 Ford Focus Electric, which comes with an EPA-certified 105 MPGe, a measure of the distance it can travel electrically on the energy content of 1 gallon of gasoline. With the price of this model now lowered to $35,995—and rebates and credits lopping $10,000 or more in some localities, this model could be a great deal for green-car shoppers who commute a short distance.
With its direct-injection engine and available six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission, plus improved aerodynamics, and a host of other advancements, the Focus made some significant advancements in fuel economy with its last redesign. Opt for the manual gearbox and the ratings are a bit lower—mainly because the five-speed allows revs to be a bit higher on the highway, we think.
When optioned with the Super Fuel Economy (SFE) package (only offered with the automatic), the ratings go up to 28 mpg city, 40 highway.Take the performance route with the Ford Focus ST—which doesn't require premium fuel, like most other performance cars—and it's not as bad as you might think. The 240-hp EcoBoost turbocharged engine still gets 23/32 mpg.