The Ford Focus remains a hard tight-amass contestant, with benefactions that extent from ho-hum prudence (including even an electric version) to baking-hatch passionate. Moved by a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder, this try-out automobile with the base powertrain doesn’t grade at the direct what’s-your-hurry sedate extremity of the Focus roll, but neither can it be thought as boisterous as the driver-oriented ST and RS deviations. The other three motors in the list are all turbocharged, but the 2.0 is the mainspring of the Focus mechanisms, an oversquare four-cylinder (increasingly uncommon among contemporary motors, which tend to be long-stroke designs) with some disposition to rev to its 7000 rpm redline and decent product analyzed with challenging non-turbo motors of akin replacement, 160 horsepower at 6500 rpm. The Mazda 3’s 2.0-liter is evaluated at 155 stallions and the Honda Civic’s makes 158. Unless you stride up to the 252-hp turbocharged ST or the insane RS overstating 350 stallions and all-wheel steer, the only other Focus motor is the mileage-minded 123-hp 1.0-liter turbo three-cylinder. This specific Focus moved its horses to the front wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. We commented this transmission for unpleasant, awkward shifting in earlier impressions of the Focus, but Ford has significantly smoothed and civilized its action. Most Focus chauffeurs now won’t notice much standard from a conventional torque-converter automatic.
An automatic transmission isn’t always the champion direction for speed, but contemporary automatics often agenda acceptable than handbooks in fuel-economy experiments. That’s the case here, with the EPA evaluating for this Focus at 26 mpg municipality and 38 mpg freeway, beating the fasten by 2 mpg on the freeway. For the record, we recorded the same 2-mpg boundary, with our try-out showing 27 mpg in mixed actual-world driving versus the 25 mpg we got in a 2015 Focus with the manual transmission.
In this Focus with the valve fully debased, a driver can wait 8.5 seconds before worrying over a 60-mph speed limit. a cognition Mazda 3 2.0 sedan car with a six-speed automatic that we try-out ran to 60 rpm in 7.6 seconds, despite spying the Focus five horsepower. This Focus surpassed that Mazda by 153 pounds, at 3068 pounds versus 2915, and the Mazda got 29 mpg in our try-out. The bottom formation is that our try-out driver stated this is the sedate Focus 2.0 we’ve try-out. An earlier automatic got to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds, we’ve done it in 7.3 seconds with the fasten. Opt for the Focus with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder, and getting to 60 mph takes 9.4 seconds with the stick and 10.2 seconds with its automatic (of the torque-converter amass rather than this try-out automobile’s dual-clutch). The latter proceeded no acceptable than 25 mpg in our try-out, so Focus customers could do worse than this 2.0-liter/automatic amass. It acted 179 feet to stop this automobile from 70 mph, a long spacing but not uncommonly so for this amass. Our Mazda 3 sedan car needed 175 feet but without the weaken we stated in this Focus. Although the stopping spacing were to 191 feet on the third repetition, the steer were tight. The all-season Pirelli P Zero Nero tires have abundance of mark for an automobile this magnitude and not a lot of side to flexion.
They were 235/40ZR-18s and were W-evaluated, telling ability for a limit speed of 168 mph, which seems unmerited in an automobile barely able of 120 mph. They dispatched 0.83 g of grasping, a good but not awesome illustration for this amass, and the driving is both fast—at 2.4 turns lock-to-lock—and more specific than many oppositions’ systems. The mixture command of body motions in controlling is well within the amass standards, you never feel as though you’re moving along in a lifeboat, as is still too often the case in some firms.
More all-important for a car that’s likely to see family work, the steer standard is graceful. roadway sound is high than in some compacts, we decided an above-normal 73 decibels at freeway-cruising speed. But crumbly pavement, dirty increase joints, and different little, distinct shocks don’t convey themselves to inhabitants, which largely mitigates the personal perception of a blatant tight. thought as kinetic creation, the Focus stacks up well. It looks snappier as a hatchback than a sedan car, in our belief and particularly so with this automobile’s elective ($625) 18-inch wheels. Indoor design and substances in our Titanium try-out automobile give it an upmarket look that beautiful much erases the bargain-determined automobile appearance.
Selecting the Titanium trim brings an antimonopoly list of serenity-and-convenience features, including heated leather front rooms, energy adaptable on the driver’s side, a 10-speaker Sony audio system, one-touch (up and down) energy windows all around and a proximity key fob with push-button commence. The moderately accessory, attractively completed rooms consign acceptable-than-normal serenity.
However, their debased mounting point conspires with a high beltline and cowl to cooperation forward sightlines, giving the driver an awareness of sitting inside a bunker. A driver’s first formation of defense is imagination, an automobile labelled Focus could be acceptable in this detail. At least there’s less confusion from Ford’s current Sync 3 system, which brings a much-easier-to-use surface for information and entertainment features and now makes it viable for possessors to retroactively increase Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
This one had a considerable list of elective tool, $3445 worthy, which is a beautiful flushed shock over the already fairly well-equipped Titanium version’s commencing value of $24,600. How much of it is actual gotta-have-it substance is a personal preference. The Technology amass (blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert and lane-keeping assist for $795) seems to be well-known. Do you need voice-activated navigation system, it’s reasonably determined at $795, but a smartphone and a good phone attach may do the job just as well (see Apple CarPlay and Android Auto note above).
The most attention-getting additional in this automobile’s amass, to those of us populating in winter climates, is the cold Weather amass, which includes a heated driving wheel, heated side mirrors, and heated rooms for a specified $195. At $28,045, this Focus 2.0 automatic can’t be labelled basal facility, but it does outgo less than the normal sales value of all brand-new vehicles last year, which was north of $34K. Thinking the tool, broad serenity and style, the value statement stacks up well enough. It’s still in the top third of the part by most every maneuver, except for rear-seat legroom, which is on the little side relational to the competition and sells accordingly, but at least half a dozen caller entries have surpassed this former champion-in-amass hatchback.