After owning the Audi for less than 2 years, I decided that I didn't want to own it when the warranty ran out. I tested Toyotas, Mazda, and Kia. I was more impressed with the Focus than any of these, but still a bit hesitant to go from an Audi to a Ford. Well, I couldn't be happier. While it doesn't have all the pep of the turbo on the A5, it handles just as well, is actually quieter riding, and has better navigation. Added benefits are regular gas, better mileage, and a lower car payment!
Have owned 3, a 2007 SES, a 2010 SEL and now a 2015 Titanium. I have found all three to be what I expected. Good all around drivers with some minor issues but no major ones. My iPhone connected well and works well. Mileage is good, around town so far is 29-30 MPG and freeway looks to approach 40 MPG. While intended to be our run around town car, it is comfortable enough to travel in. Instrument cluster initially confusing but now is OK. I do not understand why you can reset the "Oil Life" but can't find a percentage left... Makes no sense to me. Vehicle is smooth on the road and quiet on the freeway. I have not noticed any clutch issues, my guess is that they have been corrected. Have had the vehicle for a bit over a month and have a quiet rattle in the rear that is not always noticeable. I may take it in but I get easily frustrated with the "No problem found" response from dealers. Overall, I would recommend this car to those considering something in this segment. I now have 18K miles on the vehicle. The "Clutch Issue" reared its ugly head. Took it into the dealership and to my surprise, they worked on it in earnest to correct the problem. Result: The entire clutch assy was replaced. Approximately 10K miles have passed and the clutch seems to be working OK. I hear some rattling once and awhile from the new clutch but the jerking is gone. I can live with it. Most people would not notice it. It is my understanding that the next version of the Focus will be manufactured in China. That means that this will be my last Focus. I will probably look at something from GM if Ford does not have a North American alternative. Follow up... Overall, I am still happy with the vehicle. My one and only major complaint is the transmission. Specifically, the clutch. It is an automatic and has (I am told ) a double dry clutch. What ever they did in the design of this thing was / is a major muck up. Lots of judder at take off from a standing start. All other gears shift fine. This issue will not make me shy away from Ford, but it is a major nuisance. Whoever is responsible for this at Ford should be taken out to the woodshed.
This is my 3rd Focus. I decided to buy "new" this time, having bought used before and the cars were great. This one is great also in most ways. However, I do NOT like the transmission. The hesitation felt on acceleration is a big issue for me. Both of my previous Focus vehicles had quick acceleration. This one will too...but if you push past the "hesitation" then it REVS up to 3500 rpm and goes back down again, which I also do not like. When I bought this car I thought with it being new and the fact that I don't drive much that this might be my "last" car, now it will depend on how much I can tolerate that hesitation issue. No option to choose 4 cyl auto transmission which I have. UPDATE 5/2016: After contacting the dealer where I bought the car, and Ford itself and both telling me that the transmission has a "unique" response I thought I was stuck with it. It started getting worse and in March I went to a different Ford dealer. After testing, the clutch in my transmission "failed". The part was on national "back order" for 8-10 weeks. It was repaired last week and running really well now. My gas mileage has increased dramatically. For anyone with transmission issues on your Focus and not getting resolution from Ford, there is a law firm that is putting together a class action suit against Ford, you can contact them at www.attorneyzim.com. One other thing: I'm having an ongoing issue with a fuel odor that is very strong at times, it is intermittent, I can't make it happen and I can't get the dealer to take the situation seriously. My next "Ford" battle! Update November 2016: I don't drive a lot so after owning this car 1 1/2 years I have only 13,000 miles on it. The transmission issue is okay, my mileage dropped quite a bit for a while. Now I can get better pick up but I have to push it a little harder also and tolerate the revving up of the engine to do so, it sounds like a sports car when doing so. Not a sound I enjoy, I like relatively quiet cars. Regarding the fuel odor mentioned previously, it continues...been to two different places both of which tell me there is nothing they can do unless it's happening while the car is at their shop. The overall testing of the car says it's okay. But the intermittent odor continues, although now the smell isn't just a gasoline odor, it smells more like grease and gasoline...I have to turn my a/c up to max to shut off the outside air and therefore, also the odor. I've written to Ford about it and they offer solution. Update: 11/15/17 I no longer own this vehicle, traded it in 2 months ago.
I have a 2015 Ford Focus. After 3,000 miles the transmission issue started, I thought it needed an oil change, but after another 3,000 miles I took the car in to be looked at and was told there was no fix! All they can do is change the clutch assembly and I would probably be back every 3,000 miles to fix the issue again! After the warranty runs out I have to pay for the issue. I looked it up and the 2011-2015 Ford Focus and fiesta all have this same problem.
STILL Love this car. Primary goal was to get a vehicle that got great mileage. Wasn't aware that Focus got this kind of superb mileage until I started researching. LOVE this car. Backup camera, Bluetooth, SYNC hands-free and a really nice sounding radio. The radio gets outstanding long distance reception that surpasses any radio in the past thirty years. I'm a very large man and I fit into this car very easily. Drive an hour each way to work and am not cramped up and tired afterwards like I was in a Nissan Altima. Trunk has more usable space than my Lincoln MKS. Very happy I found the 2015 Focus. Still loving this choice after driving over 43,000 miles. Nothing to complain about with the Focus at all so far.
Six-Speed Automatic Transmission ($1,095); SE Sport Package ($1,095 -- includes full body styling kit, paddle shifters, 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, rear spoiler); Powert Seat Package ($495 -- six-way power driver seat, rear parking sensors)
Direct-injected inline-4, gasoline
DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
160 @ 6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
146 @ 4,450
Six-speed auto-double-clutch manual with console shifter and steering-mounted paddles with sport/competition modes
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
The Focus gets off the line well, with even a chirp of front wheelspin as the tach climbs past 2,500 rpm. Full-throttle upshifts are surprisingly lazy considering this is a dual-clutch automatic transmission. Those upshifts come between 6,300-6,500 rpm, depending on the gear. The engine sounds decent enough and isn't thrashy at higher rpm, but it never feels as if it has any power to spare. Turning traction control off and switching the transmission to Sport mode along with power-braking (overlapping throttle and brake prior to launch) turns on some kind of launch control system, or at least an rpm-holder. It holds revs at 2,600 rpm, then the car leaves the line with a bit more force and wheelspin than normal. In truth, it made barely more than a tenth of a second time difference. Manual shifting is via steering wheel paddles only, not the console lever. It blips the throttle on downshifts but does not hold gears to a rev limiter; it auto-upshifts at 6,500 rpm.
An excellent stopping performance, especially in terms of the consistency of pedal feel and stopping distances. The brake pedal has a short travel and a nice, firm feel. Gives you confidence. Minimal nosedive and the Focus stopped straight, with no side-to-side tire squirm. About the only noticeable thing was some brake odor by the fourth stop, but that's not at all unusual. Consistent distances: First stop was the shortest at 120 feet, fourth stop was the longest at 123 feet and the sixth and final stop was 121 feet.
Slalom: This car is a handful in the slalom. Ample body roll combined with minimal rebound damping makes fast transitions a bit hairy. Oversteer is present but controlled by ESC. With traction control off, the Focus feels like it will swap ends. Light steering doesn't help. Skid pad: Likes to rotate with TC off. The instability in the slalom translates here to good balance with low limits. ESC removes the fun from the equation by turning it into a stomp and steer affair. Steering could use more feel. Better roll control and damping would really bring this car to life.