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2017 Ford Focus Overview (See Available Styles)

  • Sedan and hatchback body styles
  • High-performance Focus RS trim available
  • Optional SYNC3 multimedia system
The 2017 Ford Focus is a popular compact car that comes as a sedan or a hatchback. It competes with the Honda Civic, Mazda3, and Kia Forte. This year, the high-performance Focus RS hatchback finally makes its way stateside after years of exclusive iterations in Europe.

The sedan has four trims available: the S, SE, SEL, and Titanium. The hatchback has 5 trim level options: the SE, SEL, Titanium, ST, and RS. The ST and RS trims will be covered more elaborately in separate overviews.

The Focus is positioned between the Fiesta and the Fusion in terms of size. Thus, the Focus is styled similarly to them. It has squinting headlights, a hexagonal grille, and segmented lower fascia. Overall, the lower trim levels have a rather domesticated appearance. The ST and RS trims each come with their own unique, aggressive styling that includes sharper body lines, deeper body channeling, and bigger air vents at the front-end. Standard features include a capless fuel filler, side mirrors with a blindspot view, and 15-inch wheels. Available features include LED signature lighting, front fog lights, power/heated side mirrors, a rear spoiler, and larger 16-, 17-, or 18-inch aluminum wheels.

Under the hood, the Focus is powered by a standard 160-hp, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed manual or 6-speed PowerShift automatic transmission. An available 123-hp, turbocharged 1.0-liter EcoBoost 3-cylinder with Automatic Start-Stop mated to a 6-speed manual or 6-speed SelectShift automatic. Powering the ST trim is an impressive 252-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder paired to a 6-speed manual. The RS trim comes with a staggering 350-hp, turbocharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder mated to a 6-speed manual that produces 350 pounds-feet of torque.

Fuel economy for Turbo 2.0/6A models is an EPA-estimated 26/38 mpg city/highway (26/36 mpg for the SEL and Titanium trims). It lowers to a 25/34 mpg rating for the Turbo 2.0/6M models. The SE 1.0/6M is the most fuel-efficient model with a rating of 30/40 mpg. The rating decreases to 27/38 mpg with the 6A. As expected, the ST and RS trims have lower ratings of 22/30 mpg and 19/25 mpg respectively.

Inside, the Focus has a standard cloth cabin. The sedan offers a 13.2 cubic foot trunk, while the hatchback has 23.3 cubic feet of space behind the second row, which can expand to 43.9 cubic feet with the 60/40-split seat folded down. The center console houses a standard SYNC multimedia system that includes a 4.2-inch display, voice recognition, and 2 USB ports. It can be upgraded to the SYNC3 multimedia system that includes an 8-inch touchscreen, an integrated navigation system, Siri Eyes Free mode with voice recognition, AppLink, 911 Assist, and a Sony premium audio system. Standard features include air conditioning, power windows/locks, remote keyless-entry, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Leather upholstery, a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, a power moonroof, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Standard safety features include a backup camera and a tire pressure monitoring system. Active park assist, a blindspot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, and sport suspension are available as well.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 25 - 30 MPG
  • Highway: 34 - 40 MPG

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Safety Rating

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

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

177 of 188 (94%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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