Consumer Reviews Summary
53 of 87 (60%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Ford Focus Overview
Coming on the heels of a redesigned model on a new platform, Ford opted to make only two significant changes to its five-seat compact for 2013 adding the five-speed manual to the top model and bringing out the higher performance ST model (covered separately on this site), which is aimed squarely at performance hatches like the Honda Civic Si, Mazdaspeed3, and Volkswagen GTI. Sedan and four-door hatchback models are offered in three trim levels.
This 2013 Focus shares the European model’s aggressive styling in sharp contrast to the previous model’s more staid look, which did little to set it apart from a crowded field of competitors. Three outsized lower grille openings give the front end strong character, while creases along the side give the design a directional flow without being exaggerated. Rear tail lamps look as if they’ve been flowed into the shape. Side mirrors feature integrated turn signals and options include a rear spoiler and moonroof.
The Focus employs a 160-horsepower, 2.0-liter, inline-four cylinder engine producing 146 pounds-feet of torque that pairs with either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic to send power to the front wheels. Fuel economy is an area of emphasis on the Focus, which returns EPA-estimated fuel economy of 27 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. Adding the Super Fuel Economy package raises those numbers to 28/40 mpg city/highway.
The new Focus offers about the same interior space as its two closest competitors, the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, while giving up some backseat room to the Chevrolet Cruze. Unlike several other compacts, Focus comes with a standard one-piece folding rear seat with the typical 60/40 split version is optional. Cloth upholstery is standard with leather optional, as are heated front seats. Sedans offer a bit more than 13 cubic feet of cargo space, hatchbacks nearly 24 cubic feet with the seat up and 44 cubic feet with it folded. Focus offers optional Park Assist, which can identify a parallel parking space and maneuver the car into place with little or no driver input. SYNC and MyFord Touch are available on all but the base model.
Standard safety features include stability and traction control, antilock brakes with emergency braking assist, and six airbags. Ford introduces a new generation front airbag with revised shape and venting that’s designed to hold front seat occupants in place better than previous versions.
If the 2013 Focus is indicative of Ford’s newest direction, we think things are looking up for the blue oval.