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Honda Civic vs. Ford Focus: Which Should You Buy?

The Honda Civic is a consistently top-ranked affordable small car that has strong reliability and safety ratings, as well as an interior that reviewers say is roomy, quiet and even a little upscale. Coming close behind the Civic in the small car rankings is the Ford Focus. Reviewers like how the Focus performs and its available high-end features, but is it a viable alternative to the Civic? Let’s take a closer look. [See full affordable small car rankings] 2014 ... continue reading»

Tags: Tips and Advice, Ford Focus, Honda Civic

2013 Ford Focus ST Priced at $24,495

Ford has announced specs and started taking orders for the 2013 Ford Focus ST, which will go on sale later this month for $24,495 (including a $795 destination fee). That’s a significant price hike compared with the base 2012 Focus, which starts at $16,500, but the ST offers a lot more performance than the base affordable small car. “Some cars in this category are entertaining on the track, but much less practical for daily driving,” says Lisa ... continue reading»

Tags: Performance Trims, Ford Focus, Model News, new car prices

Ford Recalls 140,000 Focus Models

Ford is recalling more than 140,300 Focus sedans and hatchbacks from the 2012 model year for a faulty windshield wiper system. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the passenger-side windshield wiper may be missing a seal, which could allow water to leak into the wiper’s electrical system. If water gets into the windshield wiper’s electrical system, the motor could stop working. That could pose a danger to drivers who find themselves in the middle of ... continue reading»

Tags: Recalls, Safety, NHTSA, Ford Focus, Model News

2012 Ford Focus Electric Earns 110 MPGe Rating

The 2012 Ford Focus Electric has received an EPA fuel economy rating of 110/99/105 mpg-e (miles per gallon-equivalent) city/highway/combined, Ford says in a press release. The Focus Electric has a range of 76 miles on a fully charged battery.   The Focus Electric’s mpg-e ratings are among the highest of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The 2012 Mitsubishi i is rated at 126/99 mpg-e, and the 2012 Nissan Leaf at 106/92 mpg-e, and have ... continue reading»

Tags: Ford Focus, Nissan LEAF, Ford Focus Electric, Model News, electric cars, Mitsubishi i

Diesel Engines Becoming Increasingly Popular in the U.S.

Vehicles equipped with diesel engines are becoming more popular as American consumers are looking for more fuel-efficient vehicles, and maybe aren’t thrilled with the prospect of buying an electric or hybrid car. Diesel engines are about 30 to 35 percent more fuel-efficient than a similar-sized gasoline engine, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. They also produce a lot more torque than gas engines, making them feel faster and more powerful. “Surveys show the proportion of American car shoppers willing ... continue reading»

Tags: Features, BMW 3 Series, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chevrolet Cruze, Mazda, Volkswagen Jetta TDI, Diesel engines, diesel

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