With sporty dynamics and a quiet cabin, you can Focus on the fun.
2018 Ford Focus
Why Buy the Ford Focus?
Do you want a fast and fun car with a comfortable and quiet cabin? Among compact cars, you can't do much better than the Ford Focus. You'll thrill at the responsive handling and noticeable agility on twisting canyon roads or weaving through cars on the highway. Its powertrain isn't the sportiest on most trims, but in every other way the Focus is master of its domain. If you do want truly enviable power, ask about the Focus RS. With its 350-horsepower turbocharged 2.3-liter engine, the RS gives you smoldering acceleration.
But you won't really hear the roar of any Focus engine. Because one of the benefits of this Ford favorite is the quietest cabin in its class. The Focus also has the most front leg room of any compact car, but you might want to reserve the back for the kids.
Is the Ford Focus Reliable?
Last year, according to J.D. Power, the Ford Focus ranked about average in terms of reliability, up from its below average days from 2012 and 2015. We'll see in the coming months whether the 2018 model continued the upward trend.
If good reliability ratings are more important than anecdotal experiences of drivers, consider the Ford Expedition, which, with an above-average rating, ranks best in its class in the J.D. Power rankings.
Which Ford Focus Should I Buy?
First you'll have to decide if you want a hatchback or a sedan. We recommend the hatchback if you regularly haul a lot of gear or want adults sitting in the back seat. If those criteria don't apply to you and you want to save money at the pump, go with the lighter sedan.
In terms of trims, if you're on a strict budget, the obvious choice is the S trim. All other buyers should step up to at least the Focus SE. That trim has better gas mileage and more amenities, such as active safety features, smartphone connectivity, Active Park Assist, and optional navigation and Sport and Winter Package.
Is the Ford Focus Good on Gas?
The truth is, the Ford Focus base model isn't great on fuel economy. But the Focus offers two stellar options for those wanting to save at the gas pump. First there's the Focus SE sedan, getting 30 city and 40 highway miles per gallon. If you really want to end your close relationship with your local gas station, consider the Focus Electric, which gets an eye-popping 108 city and 96 highway miles per gallon. The Focus Electric can go 115 miles on a single charge and conveniently refuels in your own garage.