2017 Ford Focus
The term "checking all the boxes" is a cliché, and we're not going to try and contradict that particular fact. But clichés usually become clichés in the first place because they're true, so we don't mind using that particular one to describe the 2017 Ford Focus. Whether your priority for a new car is style, economy, performance, practicality or value for money, there's a car somewhere in the Focus lineup to fit the bill.
Although it's not exactly a chameleon, the 2017 Ford Focus does wear a number of different hats. In its most basic form, it's a sensible family cruiser without any unnecessary frills or fuss. At the other end of the scale, you might be surprised to learn that the Focus can also be a tire-shredding track monster if that's what you want. In between, varying degrees of combinations of sensibility and performance can be easily found. With sedan and hatch body styles and six different trim levels of S, SE, SEL, Titanium, ST and RS, the Focus is a car with massive appeal to a huge audience.
Choose Your Own Adventure
Ford never goes overboard with the amount of trims it offers, but does like to deliver a wide selection of engines--and the Focus is no exception. The six trim levels have no less than five engines spread across them, which means you're likely to find just what you're looking for somewhere among them. The majority of Focus models you'll see will feature the 2.0-liter Ti-VCT that produces a healthy 160 horsepower and 146 lb.-ft. of torque. The total opposite to this sensible engine option is available in the shape of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost in the RS performance model, which gets you a scorching 350 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. We're thinking that your life probably fits somewhere in the middle between sedate and scorching, and you can find that option as well.
Practicality and Economy Everywhere
Whether you consider a four-door sedan or a five-door hatch the more practical option for your needs, there's no denying how practical and versatile the 2017 Focus can be. Even the 165 mph Focus RS that can get you from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 4.6 seconds has rear doors, so even the most hardcore version of the Ford doesn't take its eye off the ball when it comes to practicality.
And it's the same story with fuel economy with figures as good as 30 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway and 34 mpg from 1.0-liter EcoBoost models with a six-speed manual transmission. The standard 2.0-liter non-EcoBoost returns figures of 26/38/31 mpg for city/highway/combined driving cycles, while the fabulous ST combines economy and performance with 22/30/25 mpg respectively. Nothing says practical like a lower fuel bill, and the Focus delivers here as well.
Focus Budget Friendly Price Tag
While you may find a less expensive compact sedan on the market, it's tough to find rivals offering as much as the 2017 Ford Focus for less money. A Focus Sedan S has a starting MSRP of just $16,775, while the most expensive model is unsurprisingly the staggeringly magnificent RS at $36,120. The RS really is out there on its own in that sort of price bracket though, as the superbly well-equipped Titanium is just $24,075. Fully tricked out and luxurious, the Focus is still lower priced than you might expect when you sit in it.
Loading and unloading's a breeze thanks to the available hatchback design and its large cargo capacity.
Side Protection and Cabin Enhancement architecture, and the Trinity front-crash structure are just some of what makes the Focus such a safe place for drivers and passengers
Smart Driver-Assist Technology
Ultrasonic sensors and sophisticated radar help monitoring of blind spots, parallel parking and plenty more.
All Focus models have a sporty element to them, but the ST and RS models take sporty to the limit.
Cliché or not, the 2017 Ford Focus really does check all the boxes, if what you're looking for is an affordable four-door family compact, a pleasant and well-equipped commuter car, a fun and sporty driver's car that won't break the bank, or a fire-breathing performance hooligan for tire-shredding antics. Perhaps the only thing the Focus can't provide is something bigger than its inherently compact proportions deliver, but Ford has that well covered too with the Fusion.