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2012 Ford Focus Overview (See Available Styles)

The completely redesigned 2012 Ford Focus is ready to blow the roof off the compact segment, and is the latest model to represent Ford’s return to prominence.

Following the diminutive Fiesta sub-compact, this latest version of the Focus is also an import in a sense – it is built on the current European version of the Focus and the influence from that car is very apparent. Ford’s new Kinetic design philosophy is reflected in the lines and creases that make the 2012 Focus one of the most visually appealing cars in this segment, and if you don’t trust us take a look at the pictures for yourself. Whether in sedan or hatchback form, the redesigned Focus looks more aggressive and hints at the new driving prowess to be found underneath.

Peeking under the hood of the 2012 Focus you will find a new 160-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that outputs 146 pounds-feet of torque. This puts the Focus ahead of much of the competition when it comes to power, beating out cars like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Chevrolet Cruze, and Hyundai Elantra. Transmission options include a five-speed manual or a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic. 

Fuel economy is a focus (pun intended) on the redesigned Focus. Equipped with the automatic transmission, EPA estimated mileage ratings check in at 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway (with the manual transmission those numbers each drop by 1 mpg respectively) which makes the 2012 Focus one of the most fuel efficient cars in Ford’s lineup. Need more mpg? Specialized eco-versions of the Focus called Focus SE SFE will get 40 mpg on the highway thanks to aerodynamic design changes and special high-efficiency tires.

The 2012 Ford Focus has also gotten a complete interior makeover as well with a new infusion of soft touch and high quality materials, especially up front. The Focus is also set apart by its available technology, with features usually not found in cars in this segment. Ford’s SYNC system allows you to interact with the Focus using voice commands, while the MyFord Touch technology adds an eight-inch touchscreen to the center console and a customizable LCD display in the instrument panel, controlled by buttons on the steering wheel so you can keep your hands on the wheel. Standard and available features include remote start, navigation system, backup camera, moonroof, and a class-exclusive self-park system which will debut later in 2011.

For 2012, the Focus also debuts new airbag technology from Ford that is designed to protect against chest and rib injuries. Antilock brakes, traction control, and an electronic stability all come standard.

The 2012 Ford Focus is a great leap forward from the previous generation and should have the rest of the compact segment looking nervously over their shoulders.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 26 - 27 MPG
  • Highway: 36 - 37 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: ****
  • Frontal Crash: ****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:
3.7/5
Value:
3.7/5
Exterior:
4.5/5
Interior:
4.2/5
Comfort:
4/5
Performance:
3.5/5
Reliability:
3.6/5

151 of 231 (65%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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