First rolling out of the factory in 1998, the Ford Focus has become one of the most popular compact cars in North America. The predecessor to the Ford Escort, it boasts a variety of impressive performance and safety features — all at an affordable price. To learn more about the Ford Focus and whether it’s right for you, keep reading.


The 2017 Ford Focus is available in several engine configurations, the most common of which is a 2.0L four cylinder that creates 160 horsepower at 6,500 RPM. Standard features include foldable rear seats, wireless Bluetooth connectivity, rear-view camera, audio controls integrated into the steering wheel, collision safety system, stability controls and USB ports.

The Ford Focus is known for its exceptional gas mileage. The 2017 model, for instance, gets approximately 28 miles per gallon (MPG). In comparison, the 2017 Honda Civic gets approximately 32 MPG. Its high MPG is one of the most common reasons cited by buyers for choosing the Focus.

Ford has also dropped its MyFord Touch infotainment system in favor of a new and improved Sync 3 system. The Sync 3 system features a touchscreen interface with voice control, allowing users to tap, pinch, swipe and speak commands.

Keep in mind that the Ford Focus doesn’t have a particularly spacious backseat area. This isn’t necessarily limited to the Focus, however; this applies to all compact cars. So, if you’re looking to transport large cargo, you may want to choose a different vehicle.


In addition to its vast features and impressive MPG, the Ford Focus is also one of the safest compact cards on the market. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2017 model its highest crashworthiness safety rating for all parts tested, with the exception of the small overlap front, which received an “acceptable” rating.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)shares similar views on the Ford Focus, giving the 2017 model a perfect five-star rating.


Not surprisingly, the Ford Focus has won numerous awards in the nine years since it’s been on the road. In 2016, it was named a Consumer Digest Best Buy for 2015-model compact cars, along with the Honda Fit and Mazda3.

The Ford Focus RS also won AutoGuide’s 2017 Car of the Year Award. Of course, this is the Rallye Sport edition, which has several upgrades like an all-wheel-drive system and 2.3L EcoBoost engine. While the standard edition produces 160 horsepower, the Ford Focus RS produces up to 350 horsepower with 350 pound-per-feet of torque.

If you’re looking for a safe and reliable compact car that’s not going to burn a hole through your wallet at the pump, you should consider the Ford Focus. It’s a great all-around car with the perfect balance of performance, safety and fuel efficiency. It has limited backseat space, but many drivers prefer the maneuverability of compact cars such as the Focus. Hopefully, this gives you a better idea of whether the Ford Focus is the right car for you.