Nestled on the borders of Detroit, where it will remain for at least another year and with a rightful place in many driveways across our nation, the Ford Focus is undoubtedly an American classic. With it have come numerous benefits to consumers such as its nimble handling capabilities coupled with impressive fuel efficiency that are sure to make even Grandma proud.
Although the Focus has its drawbacks, such as not having as much passenger or cargo space compared to other cars and being a bit outdated in terms of features, it is still something we can recommend. Along with two different body styles—the hatchback and sedan—there are even more performance-focused versions like the STs and RSs plus an option for electric power. While these models may warrant separate reviews, they provide buyers with plenty of choices when shopping around.
With none of the Focus's powertrains being remarkable, its standard four-cylinder does not provide as much energy as turbocharged engines from other competitors. Also, the three-cylinder turbo on the sedan is quite small and cannot handle the weight of this car.
The Focus is a thrilling ride on any curvy backroad - and it's not at the expense of comfort. The vehicle provides an incredibly smooth journey while its interior oozes luxury, making you feel like you're driving something far more costly than it actually is.
The Focus may not have the most powerful engine, but it makes up for that with its impressive efficiency. During testing we found that it achieved an unbelievable 38 mpg — much better than its EPA ratings and beating out all of its competition! If fuel economy is your main priority then opt for the turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder with a six speed manual; this model comes standard with an engine stop/start system and has been rated by the EPA at 40 mpg highway - making it one of the best options available on today's market!
The Focus achieves only average crash-test results and lacks many of the active safety features of its competition. While it achieved a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it lags behind in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small overlap crash test, where it only achieves an Acceptable rating—most of its newer rivals were rated Good in this test. Few active safety features are available, and the ones that are—namely blind-spot monitoring and lane-departure warning—are only offered as part of an option package on the top Titanium trim level, meaning you'll pay more than $25,000 for a Focus so equipped.
Yes, the 2018 Ford Focus is a great choice for those who want a sporty compact car. If you're looking for utility, however, it may not be the best option. The 2018 Focus has many strengths: Above-average predicted reliability rating.
With proper maintenance, the Ford Focus will drive for 200,000 miles without needing any expensive replacements. This means that a new Ford Focus has a life expectancy of about thirteen to sixteen years if you drive an average of 15,000 miles a year.