This Ford Focus video review includes information about fuel economy, performance, interior space, technology like MyFord Touch, available engines like the EcoBoost three-cylinder, and how it compares to other compact sedans and hatchbacks. For more information, read the 2015 Ford Focus review.
Although you can probably tell the exterior styling refinements made for the 2015 model year, the biggest changes are in the cabin. The overall design is the same and so, too, are the excellent cabin materials, but the controls have been overhauled.
The base electronics interface is especially improved with more sensibly laid out buttons, while the upgraded, optional MyFord Touch touchscreen system is better than its earlier iterations. In total, the Focus' tech interfaces work well enough, but the systems in the Mazda 3 and Kia Forte in particular are easier to use.
One area Ford couldn't address with the 2015 update is rear-seat space, which continues to trail most competitors. Space up front is just fine, though, with comfortable seats and controls that fall nicely at hand. Unfortunately, the center console is wide and your leg may bump into it. There's also not many bins and cubbies to store your stuff.
The sedan's trunk is reasonably sized for the segment, but the hatchback's cargo area is on the small size.
Ford made some adjustments to the suspension, but the Focus still has one of the most impressively comfortable rides in the compact segment. The cabin is also very quiet.
The Focus comes standard with a 160-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder. There's an easy-to-shift five-speed manual available, and a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual that has thankfully been greatly improved for 2015. It no longer lurches and jerks you about in traffic or when parking. Fuel economy is a bit lower than its competitors, but we still managed an excellent 42 mpg on the Edmunds evaluation route.
New for 2015 is the SE EcoBoost trim and its tiny 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine. You can only get it with a six-speed manual and although it ups fuel economy by 2 mpg, we found it a bit difficult to drive smoothly and it's considerably slower. The standard engine isn't exactly a track star either, but it's sufficient for the segment and it's the one we'd get.
As for value, the Focus has a lower base price than many rivals, but even with more equipment for 2015, it tends to cost more when similarly equipped. Perhaps its added refinement and comfort should count for something, but rivals like the Honda Civic, Kia Forte and Mazda 3 do give you more bang for your buck.