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MSRP: $35,170 - $35,170
Invoice: $32,797 - $32,797
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Ford Focus Electric Interior

Reviewers say that the 2014 Ford Focus Electric has a quiet, well-designed interior with high-quality materials. They note that the interior borrows some styling cues from vehicles like the Ford Edge and Fusion Hybrid, such as its configurable instrument panel, which can be customized to display a good amount of vehicle information. Test drivers find that the Focus Electric has plenty of room in the front seats, although they are disappointed with the small cargo area, which is partially consumed by a large battery pack, though this is common among electric cars.

  • "Like the conventional Focus, the Electric looks and feels well put together. Cabin materials are of high quality." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "While the 2013 Ford Focus Electric technically seats 5 and has 14.5 cubic-feet of cargo volume, this is less of a family car and more of a single or couples-without-children car." -- Chicago Tribune (2013)
  • "Inside the Focus offers just the right balance of reassuring normality with more than a splash of out-there electronic wizardry." -- Edmunds (2012)

Seating

The 2014 Focus Electric seats five and has heated front seats standard. Leather upholstery and a six-way power adjustable driver’s seat are optional. Reviewers think the Focus Electric has a spacious cabin and they say that it is easy for the driver to find a comfortable driving position and a good view of the surrounding road.

  • "Focus is somewhat wider than it appears, and that extra space is put to good use inside the cabin. Even larger drivers will find plenty of room." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The cabin is anything but cramped, there's great outward visibility, and a comfortable driving position is achieved before we pull away on our test drive." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
  • "The passenger compartment is roomy and includes all the standard Focus' useful features." -- Detroit Free Press (2012)

Interior Features

The Ford Focus Electric comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, HD Radio, satellite radio, navigation, a nine-speaker Sony sound system and the MyFord Touch infotainment system with SYNC, which allows you to connect your smartphone via USB or Bluetooth and control it using voice commands.

Some test drivers like the reconfigurable instrument cluster display, which can provide a wide variety of information about the vehicle. However, others write that the MyFord Touch infotainment system can be distracting and difficult to use.

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  • "Borrowing its basic style from the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Ford Edge, the reconfigurable three-panel instrument cluster displays a wide range of vehicle information." -- Left Lane News
  • "We like the tech features, which make the 2013 Ford Focus Electric entertaining whether your commute is smooth sailing or stop-and-go." -- Chicago Tribune (2013)
  • "Focus Electric comes only with Ford's Sync and MyFord Touch suite of digital-interface tools which we largely reject as distracting and overly complicated." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Granted, we're still not in love with MyFord Touch and its associated interface, but for an electric car Ford showed some restraint. It's an excellent blend of technical sophistication combined with intuitive design." -- Edmunds (2012)

Cargo

The 2014 Ford Focus Electric hatchback has 14.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 33.9 cubic feet with the second row folded, which is significantly less than what the gasoline-powered Focus hatchback offers. Much of the Focus Electric’s cargo area is consumed by its large battery pack, which critics say limits the ability to store larger items. One reviewer notes that there is scarcely enough room in the back of a Focus Electric for a set of golf clubs.

  • "Because its electric powertrain intrudes into the cabin, the Focus Electric has noticeably less cargo space than the standard model. With the rear seats up, there's just 14.5 cubic feet available (compared to 23.8)." -- Left Lane News
  • "Focus Electric is offered only as a hatchback; unfortunately a large box housing part of the battery consumers about half of the hatch-area floor. It runs the full width of the bay, too. The rear seats still fold flat, but the battery housing prevents easy loading of larger or longer items." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Say goodbye to hatchback practicality; there's barely enough room back there for a set of golf clubs." -- Car and Driver (2012)
Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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