2013 Ford Focus Consumer Review: still very good: get the 5sp a

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still very good: get the 5sp and non MFT
By benevento on


2013 Ford Focus SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


ery good choice, however for maximum reliability (and long term maintenance cost savings) skip the Dual Clutch and the My Ford Touch options.

Bought in July 2013, 5000 troublefree, comfortable miles so far. The Manual transmission's the better choice by far (you take a little hit in fuel economy ironically, but trust me, it's gonna cost a LOT less to maintain than the dual clutch)
Comfortable on long drives (- saw an average of 39 MPG on 800 mile trip ), adequate pep for city stop and go, plus passing on highways (3rd gear is very sweet around 5500 rpm . . . ).
Definitely spec'ed well, and punches a bit above its price range - But get the manual w/o MFT

Update oct 2016: I still stand by the manual transmission and the MFT free as the best combination. If you're buying used then this will be your best bet AND you'll likely get it cheap because of the residual reputation hit Ford Focuses took in general for the "dual clutch" nightmares and the MFT cock ups. Avoid both and you have a fairly bomb proof car with good fuel economy, some good performance, and very good reliability (Focus reliability overall is dragged down by the 2 aforementioned items; scores on European equivalents w 5 speed and non MFT are much better than average)

Other than regular oil and filter changes, no issues.

Best Features

  • Road holding
  • Braking
  • Shifting
  • Steering
  • Getting in out
  • Instrumentation
  • Cargo storage
  • Interior design
  • Active safety
  • Rain snow traction
  • Climate control
  • Bluetooth
  • Repair frequency
  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • Purchase cost
  • Maintenance cost

Worst Features

  • Resale value

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