The front-drive Focus is a stalwart of Ford's product portfolio and it's built to hold down the company's position in what may be the most value-conscious segment of the market: compact sedans and hatchbacks.
Still, there are a few tweaks to the model mix for 2017. A new SEL model includes 17-inch wheels and black-painted trim. And the latest Sync 3 information/navigation/entertainment system with voice recognition technology has been added to the options list. A new addition to the color palette is called "White Gold"; Ford insiders have confirmed to Edmunds that there is no actual gold is in it, however.
Leaving the performance-oriented ST and even higher-performance RS aside for the time being, the regular, gasoline-burning Focus is offered in four trim levels as either a five-door hatchback or four-door sedan. And beyond that there's a five-door all-electric Focus, too.
The base "S" is offered only as a sedan and only with Ford's straightforward 160-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The SE, SEL and Titanium trim models all come as either a sedan or hatchback with the 2.0-liter engine. But the SE sedan is also offered with Ford's 1.0-liter, turbocharged, three-cylinder EcoBoost powerplant rated at 123 hp. The 2.0-liter is backed by either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, while the EcoBoost 1.0-liter comes with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.
The direct-drive one-speed electric Focus uses a 143-hp permanent magnet traction engine.
Fuel economy numbers range widely. The EPA rates the electric model at the equivalent of 107 mpg combined (118 city/96 highway). However, that's limited to a 115-mile range. The manual-transmission, 1.0-liter Ecoboost burns actual gasoline and is rated at 34 mpg combined (30 city/40 highway). The 2.0-liter Focus with the automatic — which will be purchased by the overwhelming majority of buyers — carries an EPA rating of 29 mpg combined (26 city/36 highway). All solid numbers in this class.
The Focus has been part of the North American Ford line since 2000 and this third-generation model went on sale back in 2011. So some newer competitors have advantages over this aging model.
Considering all the choices available in the compact class, making sense of it all can be daunting. That's why Edmunds is here to help with researching your purchase and getting a great deal from a great dealer.