2014 Ford Focus Review

What's New / General Interest

The Ford Focus has no significant changes for 2014.

Safety

The Ford SYNCH system is one of the better emergency crash notification systems around. It can automatically dial 911 if you have it paired with a smartphone. The Focus has antilock brakes, a traction and stability control system, side curtain airbags and front side airbags. Depending on the model and trim level, the Focus can stop from 60 mph in a range between 110 feet and 130 feet.

Exterior

There are two model styles available for the Ford Focus: sedan and hatchback. The Ford Focus hatchback, Focus Electric and Focus ST all have the hatchback style and the Focus sedan is the only sedan body. The Focus is once again a highly sought after model in its segment. The styling is new and upgraded since 2012 and is not contemporary and modern.

Interior

Even the base S sedan model has good materials and a well laid design with comfortable seating, front and rear. When you move up to the higher trim levels, or to the new ST model, things get even better and much more interesting. Overall, the Focus has the feel and looks of a much more expensive and upscale car in the cabin, and outside too.

Ride and Handling

The 2014 Ford Focus offers a very comfortable and relaxing smooth ride on all models. Handling varies, according to the model or trim level you have, but even at the base level that handling is good. There are two engines and an electric motor/battery pack available as power sources. Fuel economy is very good on all models, including the sporty, more powerful, ST.

Powertrain

2013 Ford Focus Sedan and Hatchback:

  • Engine:
    2.0 liter inline 4-cylinder engine 
  • Fuel:
    Gasoline 
  • Drive:
    Front wheel drive 
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual gearbox;
    6-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox;
    SelectShift automatic 
  • Power:
    160 horsepower at 6,500 rpm
    146 lb-ft of torque at 4,450 rpm 
  • EPA city/highway fuel economy:
    26/36 mpg (manual);
    28/38 mpg (automatic);
    27/37 mpg (SelectShift automatic);
    28/40 mpg (SFE trim level, automatic) 

2013 Ford Focus ST:

  • Engine:
    2.0 liter inline turbocharged 4-cylinder engine 
  • Fuel:
    Gasoline 
  • Drive:
    Front wheel drive 
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual gearbox 
  • Power:
    252 horsepower at 5,500 rpm
    270 lb-ft of torque at 2,500 rpm 
  • EPA city/highway fuel economy:
    23/32 mpg (manual) 

2013 Ford Focus Electric:

  • Power Source:
    Synchronous electric motor / generator
    24kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack 
  • Drive:
    Front wheel drive 
  • Transmission:
    1-speed Direct Drive 
  • Power:
    107kilowatt / 143 horsepower 
    184 lb-ft of torque 
  • Projected per-charge range:
    76 miles 
  • EPA city/highway fuel economy equivalent:
    110/99 MPGe 

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