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Used Car: 2013 Ford Focus Review

Review Last Updated: 9/30/14

Test drivers were impressed with the 2013 Ford Focus for its athletic handling and tastefully appointed cabin.

Equipped with the base four-cylinder engine, test drivers said that the 2013 Ford Focus isn’t lightning fast, but it delivers plenty of power for commuting and highway merging. They noted that it’s easy to row your own gears with the standard five-speed manual transmission, but several critics wished for six speeds for more power on the highway. A six-speed automatic (automated manual) is available with the base engine. Reviewers especially liked the high-performance Focus ST with its turbocharged four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission, saying it’s quick off the line. Equipped with an automatic, the base Focus gets an EPA-estimated 27/38 mpg city/highway, which is good compared with the estimates of rival affordable compact cars. Auto writers praised the 2013 Focus for its strong brakes, communicative steering, nimble handling and impressive body control. However, a few critics noted that the Focus has a large turning radius, which can make it cumbersome in tight spaces.

The 2013 Ford Focus’ cabin is stylish and features a blend of hard plastics and soft-touch materials that are appropriate for the class, reviewers said. The front seats are comfortable and very supportive, they noted, but the back seat could use more legroom. The Focus sedan’s trunk capacity is class-competitive for a compact sedan, and the Focus hatchback offers ample cargo space with the seats folded. The 2013 Ford Focus comes with a four-speaker CD sound system with an auxiliary input. Available features include a 10-speaker Sony sound system, Ford’s voice-activated SYNC system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, the MyFord Touch infotainment system and navigation. Also available is Ford’s MyKey system, which lets parents limit the Focus’ top speed and the audio volume. Several critics said the virtual buttons on the MyFord Touch system are hard to read and a glitchy interface can divert the driver’s attention from the road.

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The 2013 Kia Soul has a lot more cargo space than the Focus hatchback, and test drivers noted there’s ample head- and legroom in the back seat. Unlike the Focus, they said the Soul’s small turning radius makes it a cinch to park in tight spaces.

Reviewers said the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze’s MyLink infotainment system is simple to use. The Cruze also has good safety ratings, and reviewers praised the Cruze for its precise steering and pleasant ride.

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