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MSRP: $16,810 - $24,115
Invoice: $15,843 - $22,486
MPG: 26 City / 36 Hwy
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Ford Focus Review

The 2014 Ford Focus ranks 5 out of 40 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Ford Focus, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2014 Ford Focus is ranked:

Nimble handling, good fuel economy and an upscale interior are just a few of the reasons why the 2014 Ford Focus ranks a notch above most other compact cars, test drivers say.

The Focus is powered by a four-cylinder engine, which most auto writers say provides adequate power. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automated manual transmission is optional. The EPA reports that the base 2014 Focus gets 26/36 mpg city/highway, which is good for a compact car. An optional SFE package boosts fuel economy to 28/40 mpg. Test drivers agree that the Ford Focus is one of the best-handling cars in the class. They say the Focus offers precise steering, as well as a well-tuned suspension that provides great cornering ability and a comfortable ride. Additionally, many critics note that all of the Focus’ performance attributes are amplified if you opt for the Focus ST. They say that the Focus ST combines a powerful turbocharged engine with exceptional handling, which makes it one of the best performers in the class.  

Reviewers say that the Ford Focus’ cabin has an eye-catching design, and that it’s built with nicer materials than many affordable small cars. Most reviewers agree that the Focus’ front seats are comfortable, with plenty of head- and legroom. However, one test driver writes that you’ll find a more spacious back seat in cars like the Volkswagen Jetta and Honda Civic. Additionally, some critics note that optional tech features, such as the MyFord Touch infotainment system, take time to master. The 2014 Ford Focus comes with standard features that are typical for the class, including keyless entry and a four-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input jack and CD player. Options and features on higher trims include leather upholstery, heated front seats, satellite radio, rear parking sensors, a backup camera, keyless entry and ignition and Ford’s Sync system with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and a USB port. MyFord Touch is available with or without navigation, and includes a 10-speaker stereo system, dual-zone automatic climate control and an 8-inch touch-screen display.

  • "Major reasons to consider the 2014 Ford Focus sedan and hatchback include sprightly performance, an upscale interior, a refined ride and excellent fuel economy." -- Edmunds 
  • "Want an efficient compact sedan with style, efficiency, technology and comfort that's still fun to drive? Give the 2014 Focus your close attention." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "Overall, Focus is a fine compact car and one that deserves a prominent place on your shopping list." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Solidly built, lots of fun to drive, and very comfortable, the ST confirms Ford as player in the hot hatch crowd." -- MarketWatch (2013 Focus ST)

Other Cars to Consider

Reviewers say that the Chevrolet Cruze offers a large trunk, as well as nimble handling and a comfortable ride. The Cruze is also available with a diesel engine or as an Eco model, both of which get great fuel economy. 

The Hyundai Elantra has a lower performance score than the Focus, but it also offers good cargo space and high fuel economy ratings. The Elantra also comes with a few standard features that the Focus lacks, such as a USB port and satellite radio.

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Details: 2014 Ford Focus

The 2014 Ford Focus seats five and has standard front-wheel drive. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission are standard, and a six-speed automated manual transmission is optional. The Focus is available as a hatchback or a sedan and comes in four trims: S, SE, Titanium and as the high-performance Focus ST, which comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and a six-speed manual transmission. The Ford Focus Electric is reviewed separately. The Ford Focus was last redesigned in 2012 and sees few changes for the 2014 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2012 through 2014.

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Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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