The Ford Focus models are built on a global structure that's engineered for top safety performance across a wide range of international crash-test standards. In addition, the Focus offers up many features and safety-tech options that are unusual in mass-market small cars.
Electronic stability control, with a torque-vectoring system, is standard across the model line, as are front, side, and Safety Canopy curtain bags.
We've also found outward visibility to be quite good compared to that of some other small cars, although rearward vision can be tough in some instances. A rear-view camera is available on upper trims with MyFord Touch, and on the Titanium you can opt for an active park assist feature helps by actually steering the car into a parking space—allowing you to focus on things that might be in the way.
The Focus does also did manage to earn top scores in every category from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), as well as the IIHS Top Safety Pick designation and a respectable 'acceptable' rating in the tough small overlap frontal test. It's one of few compact sedans to earn this top-tier combination of top five-star NCAP results and Top Safety Pick status, but it's worth noting that both the Chevrolet Cruze and Dodge Dart do one better, with top five-star scores in each NCAP subcategory.