• Looks good, handles well
  • Good fuel economy
  • Hot ST version
  • Confusing MyFord Touch
  • Electric version is expensive
SUM UP Building on its success.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Focus in 2013

The long-awaited, enthusiast-oriented Focus ST hatchback, powered by a 252-hp turbo four-cylinder mated to a six-speed manual, debuts for 2013. The SEL model has been discontinued, as has the sport package for the SE. The Titanium can now be had with a five-speed manual in addition to the six-speed dual-clutch automatic...more

Overview

Ford presented an all-new Focus last year, and the public has responded by making it one of the company’s most popular vehicles. Like the smaller Fiesta, the Focus is edgy and sporty, and it is available as a four-door sedan or a four-door hatchback. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 160 hp and 146 lb-ft powers S, SE, and Titanium models. A five-speed manual transmission is available only on the uplevel Titanium, meaning that the six-speed dual-clutch automatic will be the most popular choice. The Focus handles well, with little body roll and crisp turn-in, especially when equipped with the sport package (on Titanium models). True enthusiasts will rejoice to learn that the Focus ST hatchback is now available. The high-performance ST has a 252-hp turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, a six-speed manual transmission, a sport-tuned suspension, and a stability control system that has a sport mode for tail-out antics. All Focuses have seats that are uncommonly comfortable and a cabin that features a well-designed center stack and lots of available amenities, such as a rearview camera and Wi-Fi capability. The SFE (Super Fuel Economy) Package gets the Focus 40 mpg in highway driving. Speaking of fuel economy, an electric Focus recently debuted. It costs a rather pricey $39,995, although it is eligible for a federal tax credit.

Safety

Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; tire-pressure monitors; and blind-spot mirrors are standard. Programmable MyKey is standard on all but the S sedan. A rearview camera and a reverse sensing system are standard on the Titanium.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Ford Focus

  • Chevrolet Cruze
  • Honda Civic
  • Hyundai Elantra
  • Toyota Corolla

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