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2017 Ford F-150, Focus To Feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford is offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity across its full lineup of 2017 vehicles, including the 2017 Ford F-150 pickup truck and Ford Focus compact sedan and hatchback.

The 2017 Ford Escape, Fusion, Mustang and Explorer are already available at Ford dealerships with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The 2017 Ford F-150, Focus, Edge and all-new 2017 Super Duty will arrive later this year, Ford said on Monday.

"We developed one platform — Sync 3 — and have been able to quickly offer the technology across our lineup," said Chuck Gray, Ford global director of electrical and electronic systems engineering, in a statement. "Customers considering a new vehicle can now choose any 2017 model-year Ford car, SUV, light truck or electrified vehicle with Sync 3 and be able to access their favorite apps."

Ford said it is not taking the "traditional approach" of rolling out Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on a few piecemeal models or "as an expensive option on luxury vehicles only."

CarPlay and Android Auto give drivers access to many of their smartphones' functions — including phone calls, text messaging, navigation, music and calendar — through the vehicle's infotainment system by voice, steering-wheel controls and touchscreen.

The technology not only provides a high level of convenience but also increases safety by eliminating the need to fumble with a phone or other device while driving.

The Apple CarPlay website lists a growing number of U.S. vehicles with CarPlay, including the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt and Sonic.

Apple reports that CarPlay is on 32 GM nameplates.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers who value connectivity will be able to drive out of their Ford dealerships with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto ready to go on all 2017 Ford vehicles.

Ford Focus Review

Introduced near the start of the new millennium, the Ford Focus was one of the first small cars from a domestic automaker that was truly competitive with traditionally more dominant models from Japan. An affordable price, sharp handling, expressive styling and availability in multiple body styles all contributed to making this one of Ford's most popular cars worldwide.

Since that time, Ford has gone on to introduce second and third generations of the Focus. Sadly, the second generation lost a lot of the mojo built up by the original, first-generation model and is hard to recommend as a used car. However, Ford has refocused its efforts, and as such the latest Focus stands as one of our top picks for a small hatchback or sedan.

Current Ford Focus
Available in sedan and four-door hatchback body styles, the Ford Focus is a compact car that offers confident handling, a quiet and attractive interior, and lots of high-tech options. There are four main trim levels: S, SE, SEL and Titanium, as well as an electric version. The high-performance Focus ST and Focus RS are reviewed separately.

The standard engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 160 horsepower. Transmission choices include a five-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. It's respectably fuel-efficient, but a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine making 123 hp is available as an option, and it ups the fuel economy to an EPA estimated 34 mpg combined. You can get this engine with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.

If you don't want to use any gas at all, there's the Focus Electric, which is strictly battery-powered. Propelled by a 107-kilowatt (143-hp) electric drive motor and powered by a 23-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the Focus Electric has an estimated range of about 76 miles between charges. It can be recharged in four hours from a 240-volt power source. Owners can also keep tabs on their electric Focus' charging state via smartphone integration.

The base Focus S comes decently equipped with features such as air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a sound system with a CD player and two USB ports. Moving up through the trims gets you luxuries such as Ford's Sync voice-activated phone and audio interface, leather upholstery, a power driver seat, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone climate control, a sunroof, rear parking sensors and a rearview camera. There's also an 8-inch infotainment screen that uses Ford's Sync 3 system. Major options include a navigation system, blind-spot monitoring and other driver safety features, and an automated parallel parking assist system.

In reviews, we've been impressed by the Focus' refined road manners. Handling is sharp, with little body lean when you're driving around turns, and the steering is communicative and fairly quick. The ride strikes a great balance between comfort and performance. On the downside, both of the Focus' available four-cylinder engines are disappointing. Acceleration is lackluster, and we've found it difficult to match the fuel economy estimates of the 1.0-liter in real-world driving. Rear-seat room for adults is tight.

Used Ford Focus Models
A complete redesign of the Focus took place for 2012. Compared to older Focus models, this generation is superior in cabin quality, overall performance and the availability of high-end features. This generation was refreshed in 2015 with an updated look, improved interior materials, new seats, and improvements to the automatic transmission to address reliability and drivability issues. The 1.0-liter engine was also added to the Focus, though it was only available with a six-speed manual transmission in its first year. Used Focus shoppers might also want to pay attention to the car's optional touchscreen interface known as MyFord Touch. We often found it glitchy and frustrating to use. The Sync 3 system that replaced it in 2016 is preferable.

The second-generation Focus was produced from 2008 to 2011. It was available in coupe and sedan body styles until the final year, when only the sedan was offered. More squared-off styling distinguished it from the first Focus. Motivation was provided by a 2.0-liter inline-four making 140 hp (130 hp in California-emissions states) hooked up to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. Originally, the trim levels included the base S, midgrade SE and sporty SES for both body styles. Ford's Sync system, which allowed voice control over cellphones and the audio system, was available and unusual for the economy car segment.

In 2009, the coupe's front fenders lost their glitzy chrome trim, and the trim levels were shuffled. Coupes were available in SE and SES trims, while the sedan came in S, SE, SES and leather-lined SEL trims. Stability control became optional but then was made standard for 2010.

A used Focus from this generation makes for a value-packed choice, but most competitors were stronger vehicles overall. The Focus offered solid and reliable transportation with a few notable perks such as the available Sync system, but the cabin lacked the more upscale materials quality that segment front-runners had. And although it offered a reasonably pleasant driving experience along with excellent fuel economy, its handling wasn't as finely honed as that of some sportier rivals such as the Mazda 3.

When the Ford Focus debuted for 2000, it was available as a two-door hatchback (ZX3) or as a sedan (ZX4) or wagon (ZXW). The base engine was an anemic SOHC 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine rated at 110 hp or a preferable DOHC 2.0-liter engine called the Zetec that was good for 130 hp. Transmission choices were a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. These earlier Focus models went through a variety of changes, many of which are important to pay attention to if you're looking for a used Focus. In particular, Ford continually tinkered with the car's trim levels and availability of standard and optional features. From 2000 to 2004, the trim levels were typically the base LX, midgrade SE and high-line ZTS. Antilock brakes and front-seat side airbags were optional equipment, and stability control was offered for a few years starting in 2001.

For 2002, Ford added a four-door hatchback (the ZX5). Starting in '04, the Focus gained an available 2.3-liter inline-four that offered 145 hp and cleaner emissions. A 170-hp four-cylinder engine and a six-speed transmission were featured in the short-lived and rare Focus SVT. Coveted by young enthusiasts, the SVT Focus was offered as a hatchback from 2002 to 2004. For 2005, the Focus got a more modest refresh that provided cosmetic changes on the outside, a revised control layout inside, and an updated engine lineup that included either a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 136 hp or a 2.3-liter four-cylinder that produced 151 hp (sedan only). The trim levels were renamed S, SE and SES. The wagon and hatchback were dropped after the '07 model year.

Although increasingly rare on the used market, the first-generation Focus was generally well-regarded by our editors at the time.

Ford Focus Cars for Sale

2017 Ford Focus SEL
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Dealer Notes

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2017 Ford Focus Titanium
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2017 Ford Focus Titanium
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Dealer Notes

2017 Ford Focus Titanium 36/26 Highway/City MPG

2017 Ford Focus SE
NEW 2017 Ford Focus SE
MSRP$20,540
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Price includes: $4,000 - Retail Customer Cash. Exp. 10/02/2017

2016 Ford Focus Titanium
NEW 2016 Ford Focus Titanium
MSRP$26,185
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Dealer Notes

Our WOW Pricing includes the manufacturer incentives only!! Additional rebates are available which will lower your WOW Price even further!! A few examples.. Recent college grad, military, competitive lease, ETC. Dont hesitate to call or text our new car managers for more information...Mark Rodgers (443-597-3170) OR Tom Snyder (410-562-3189).Our WOW Pricing includes the manufacturer incentives only!! Additional rebates are available which will lower your WOW Price even further!! A few examples.. Recent college grad, military, competitive lease, ETC. Dont hesitate to call or text our new car managers for more information...Mark Rodgers (443-597-3170) OR Tom Snyder (410-562-3189).Our WOW Pricing includes the manufacturer incentives only!! Additional rebates are available which will lower your WOW Price even further!! A few examples.. Recent college grad, military, competitive lease, ETC. Dont hesitate to call or text our new car managers for more information...Mark Rodgers (443-597-3170) OR Tom Snyder (410-562-3189).Our WOW Pricing includes the manufacturer incentives only!! Additional rebates are available which will lower your WOW Price even further!! A few examples.. Recent college grad, military, competitive lease, ETC. Dont hesitate to call or text our new car managers for more information...Mark Rodgers (443-597-3170) OR Tom Snyder (410-562-3189).Our WOW Pricing includes the manufacturer incentives only!! Additional rebates are available which will lower your WOW Price even further!! A few examples.. Recent college grad, military, competitive lease, ETC. Dont hesitate to call or text our new car managers for more information...Mark Rodgers (443-597-3170) OR Tom Snyder (410-562-3189).Our WOW Pricing includes the manufacturer incentives only!! Additional rebates are available which will lower your WOW Price even further!! A few examples.. Recent college grad, military, competitive lease, ETC. Dont hesitate to call or text our new car managers for more information...Mark Rodgers (443-597-3170) OR Tom Snyder (410-562-3189).Our WOW Pricing includes the manufacturer incentives only!! Additional rebates are available which will lower your WOW Price even further!! A few examples.. Recent college grad, military, competitive lease, ETC. Dont hesitate to call or text our new car managers for more information...Mark Rodgers (443-597-3170) OR Tom Snyder (410-562-3189).Our WOW Pricing includes the manufacturer incentives only!! Additional rebates are available which will lower your WOW Price even further!! A few examples.. Recent college grad, military, competitive lease, ETC. Dont hesitate to call or text our new car managers for more information...Mark Rodgers (443-597-3170) OR Tom Snyder (410-562-3189).Our WOW Pricing includes the manufacturer incentives only!! Additional rebates are available which will lower your WOW Price even further!! A few examples.. Recent college grad, military, competitive lease, ETC. Dont hesitate to call or text our new car managers for more information...Mark Rodgers (443-597-3170) OR Tom Snyder (410-562-3189).Our WOW Pricing includes the manufacturer incentives only!! Additional rebates are available which will lower your WOW Price even further!! A few examples.. Recent college grad, military, competitive lease, ETC. Dont hesitate to call or text our new car managers for more information...Mark Rodgers (443-597-3170) OR Tom Snyder (410-562-3189).Our WOW Pricing includes the manufacturer incentives only!! Additional rebates are available which will lower your WOW Price even further!! A few examples.. Recent college grad, military, competitive lease, ETC. Dont hesitate to call or text our new car managers for more information...Mark Rodgers (443-597-3170) OR Tom Snyder (410-562-3189).Our WOW Pricing includes the manufacturer incentives only!! Additional rebates are available which will lower your WOW Price even further!! A few examples.. Recent college grad, military, competitive lease,

2017 Ford Focus Titanium
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Dealer Notes

2017 Ford Focus Titanium in Ruby Red. Equipment Group 300A. Call us directly at (703) 256-5000 for any questions or to confirm availability. Jerry's Alexandria Ford is located at 6510 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, VA 22312. Our sales department is open 7 days a week: M-F 9AM-9PM, Sat 9AM-6PM, Sun 11AM-5PM. Jerry's Alexandria Ford is a full-service Ford Dealership in Alexandria, VA. Ford Sales, Ford Service and Ford Financing serving the greater Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. Area!

2017 Ford Focus Titanium
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Included on this Vehicle EQUIPMENT GROUP 300A Optional Equipment 2017 MODEL YEAR MAGNETIC CHARCOAL BLACK LEATHER SEATS .SELECT SHIFT (SST) .2.0L TIVCT GDI I-4 ENGINE .6-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIO .P215/50R17 TIRES 50 STATE EMISSIONS NAVIGATION VOICE-ACTIVATED GASOLINE FFV

2017 Ford Focus SEL
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2017 Ford Focus Titanium
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Stability and traction control keep you grounded. Seize the road with solid stability and traction control. Want to stretch your purchasing power? Well take a look at this great-looking 2017 Ford Focus. This Focus is nicely equipped with features such as Equipment Group 300A, 10 Speakers, 17 Aluminum Wheels, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, ABS brakes, Air Conditioning, AM/FM radio: SiriusXM, Automatic temperature control, Brake assist, Bumpers: body-color, CD player, Compass, Delay-off headlights, Driver door bin, Driver vanity mirror, Dual front impact airbags, Dual front side impact airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Emergency communication system, Exterior Parking Camera Rear, Four wheel independent suspension, Front anti-roll bar, Front Bucket Seats, Front Center Armrest, Front dual zone A/C, Front fog lights, Front reading lights, Fully automatic headlights, Heated door mirrors, Heated front seats, Heated Leather-Trimmed Sport Front Bucket Seats, Heated steering wheel, Illuminated entry, Knee airbag, Leather Shift Knob, Leather steering wheel, Low tire pressure warning, MP3 decoder, Occupant sensing airbag, Outside temperature display, Overhead airbag, Overhead console, Panic alarm, Passenger door bin, Passenger vanity mirror, Power door mirrors, Power driver seat, Power moonroof, Power steering, Power windows, Radio data system, Radio: Sony AM/FM Single-CD/MP3-Capable, Rear anti-roll bar, Rear Parking Sensors, Rear seat center armrest, Rear window defroster, Rear window wiper, Remote keyless entry, Security system, Speed control, Split folding rear seat, Spoiler, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, SYNC 3 Communications & Entertainment System, Tachometer, Telescoping steering wheel, Tilt steering wheel, Traction control, Trip computer, Turn signal indicator mirrors, Variably intermittent wipers, and Voice Activated Touchscreen Navigation. This car darn sure doesn't scare easily and isn't intimidated by lots of gear... It welcomes whatever you've got. When you purchase a New or Pre-Owned vehicle from Apple Ford Lincoln, we will provide you the following benefits, simply for choosing us... Engine Warranty For Life. Car Washes For Life. Oil Changes For Life. Safety Inspections For Life. Tire Rotations For Life. Customer for Life Program has stipulations, excludes certain vehicles and equipment. See dealer for details. Price does not include tax, tags, $300 dealer processing (not required by law), destination and delivery. Some factory incentives included may require financing a portion of the vehicle with the Manufacturer's lender at standard rates. Not all will qualify. Price includes: $4,000 - Retail Customer Cash. Exp. 10/02/2017