2012 Ford Focus

MSRP $16,500

Ranked #6 in Sedan

7.8

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2012 Ford Focus Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 1, 2021

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Ford has been in business for quite a long time and has given the world some iconic vehicles such as the Mustang and the GT40 along with some excellent utility vehicles such as the F-150 and the Bronco. Back in 1998, Ford decided to replace the aging and long-standing Escort and launched the Ford Focus. After its launch, the Focus went on to become one of the most preferred vehicles in the segment and evolved gracefully.

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Pros

Excellent fuel economy

Agile handling

Sporty engine

Great interior design with robust build 

Handsome list of features

Cons

Complex infotainment system

Rear seats lack legroom

Fussy automatic transmission

What's New?

Completely redesigned


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$16500

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

160 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

146 lb.-ft. @ 4450 rpm

transmission

5 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

104.3 in.

length

178.5 in.

width

71.8 in.

height

57.7 in.

curb weight

2857 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

90.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.2 cu ft.

payload capacity

827 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/31/36 mpg

highway range

446.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

S$16,500 onwards

Colors and Styles

2012 Ford Focus in Ingot Silver Metallic color
Ingot Silver Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

9.9

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

6.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


For the 2012 model year, the Ford Focus enters its third-generation model with a complete redesign. The car gets a new platform along with a new design language and comes with an updated and more powerful motor as well. The price of the sedan starts at $16,500, making it quite affordable in the segment. The main rivals of the sedan are the Chevrolet Cruze, the Hyundai Elantra, and the Honda Civic.


9.9/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2012 Ford Focus Features

9.9/10

The 2012 Ford Focus sedan is offered in four trim levels and a single powertrain option. The trim levels are S, SE, SEL, and Titanium. The price for the base S starts at $16,500 and it gets an excellent set of features considering its affordable price tag. Some of the features include a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, power front windows, and a keyless entry system among others. The upper SE trim gets automatic headlamps, all four power windows, and Ford’s MyKey parental control among other features. 

There is an optional Sport package available with the SE trim which further adds 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, disc brakes on all four wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and sport front seats. While the SEL trim gets ambient multicolor interior lighting as standard the top-end Titanium trim gets some sportier settings such as a sport-tuned suspension setup and bigger 17-inch alloy wheels along with keyless entry and ignition and a premium 10-speaker Sony audio system among others.

Trim

S

SE

SEL

Titanium

MSRP (Manual)

$16,500

$17,500

$20,500

$22,200

Key Features

15-inch steel wheels

Adds all of the S features plus:

Adds all the SE features plus: 

Adds all the SEL features plus:

 

Power-operated front windows

16-inch steel wheels

Interior ambient lighting with different color options

A stiffer sport-tuned suspension setup

 

Rake-and-reach adjustable steering wheel

Automatic headlamps

One-touch up and down function for power windows

17-inch alloy wheels

 

Power door locks and mirrors

Rear power windows

 

Keyless ignition and entry 

 

Keyless entry system

Foglights

 

8-inch infotainment display with MyFord Touch interface

 

Four-speaker audio system with a CD Player

MyKey parental control from Ford

 

Sony audio system with 10-speakers

We recommend

We would recommend the SE trim for a decent experience with the car. You can save some money and go for the top-end Titanium trim since it offers some handsome features at a lucrative price tag.

2012 Ford Focus Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2012 Ford Focus engine is a 2.0-liter direct-injection four-pot motor dishing out a maximum of 168 horsepower and 146lb-ft of maximum torque. The power and torque output from the engine is quite strong in comparison to the segment rivals powered by naturally aspirated engines of similar capacity. Driving the Focus is quite fun given how it provides perfectly balanced driving dynamics. 

Around the corners, the body roll is negligible, a surprising frat for an entry-level sedan. Going over bad patches of roads and bumps are smooth and the car maintains its composure quite well. Moreover, the standard 5-speed manual transmission is an absolute joy to live with as well. The motor is quite refined and doesn’t feel stressed when pushed hard, propelling the sedan from 0 to 60mph within 8.3 seconds.

Model

Ford Focus S

Chevrolet Cruze

Hyundai Elantra

Honda Civic

MSRP

$16,500

$16,800

$15,345

$16,745

Engine

2.0L naturally aspirated I-4

1.8L naturally aspirated I-4

1.8L naturally aspirated I-4

1.8L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

Drivetrain

Front-wheel-drive

Front-wheel-drive

Front-wheel-drive

Front-wheel-drive

Transmission

5-speed Manual transmission

6-speed manual Transmission

6-speed automatic Transmission

5-speed Manual transmission

Power

160 hp

138hp

148 hp

140 hp @ 6,500 rpm

Torque

146 lb-ft

125 lb-ft

131 lb-ft

128 lb-ft @ 4,300 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.3 seconds

9.2 seconds

9.4 seconds

8.5 seconds

Quarter mile (mph)

16.2 seconds

17.2 seconds

17.5 seconds

16.8 seconds

Top speed (mph)

123 MPH

114 MPH

116 MPH

127MPH

The Chevrolet Cruze with its base motor is the least powerful option here and has an average 0-60mph time of 9.2 seconds. Driving the Cruze is quite fun though with reasonably tight handling and refined ride quality. The Hyundai Elantra is a more laid-back sedan and lacks that wow factor present in the Focus. Its handling isn’t dull either and has enough grunt under its hood for daily driving needs. 

2012 Ford Focus Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The 2012 Ford Focus gas mileage figures are quite impressive and the car tasks full advantage of its light curb weight and the compact powertrain. The city mileage of the car is rated at 26mpg while the highway mileage stands at 36mpg. The combined mileage rating is at 30mpg. The car disappoints in terms of fuel capacity and driving range figures, however. It comes with a small 12.4-gallon fuel tank resulting in a meager 322 miles of city driving range and 446 miles of highway driving range.

Model

Ford Focus S

Chevrolet Cruze

Hyundai Elantra

Honda Civic

MPG (city)

26

25

28

28

MPG (Highway)

36

36

38

36

MPG (Combined)

30

29

32

31

Fuel Capacity

12.4 gallons

15.6 gallons

12.8 gallons

13.2 gallons

Range (City/highway)

322.4/446.4 mi

390.0/561.6 mi

358/486.4 mi

370 / 475 / 409

The Chevrolet Cruze has marginally lower city and combined mileage figures as compared to the Focus and equal highway mileage as the latter. It impresses in terms of fuel capacity by getting a commendable 15.6-gallon gasoline tank resulting in 390 miles of city driving range and an impressive 561 miles of highway driving range. The Hyundai Sonata offers one of the highest mileage ratings in the segment and offers an overwhelming 38mpg of highway driving range. Its city mileage stands at 28mpg while the combined mpg is rated at 32.

2012 Ford Focus Interior

8.0/10

The 2012 Ford Focus interior will take you by surprise owing to its refined quality along with being quite tech-laden right from the base trim. The cabin also boasts an excellent quality of materials with top-notch fit and finish levels and a robust build quality, an uncommon trait among vehicles in this segment. At a glance, the dashboard design might look quite busy but after a brief moment, the layout becomes quite user-friendly and the controls are well within the reach of the driver while driving. 

The vertical air-con vents look quite stylish and different from the mainstream horizontal design found in a majority of vehicles. The front seats offer decent comfort levels but the headroom might be a snug fit for quite tall drivers and front passengers as well as rear passengers. The rear seats are decently comfortable too but lack legroom.

Model

Ford Focus S

Chevrolet Cruze

Hyundai Elantra

Honda Civic

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.3/55.6/43.7

39.3/54.8/42.3

40.0/55.9/43.6

39.0 / 56.6 / 42.0

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.0/53.7/33.2

37.9/53.9/35.4

37.1/54.8/40.0

37.1 / 53.3 / 36.2

Cargo capacity (cu.-ft)

13.2

15.4

14.9

12.5

The Chevrolet Cruze has better headroom and space for the driver and the front passenger but falls short when it comes to rear-seat headroom. Yet, it offers an impressive trunk space of 15.4 cu-ft beating the Figo and the Elantra. The Hyundai Elantra has one of the best front seats in terms of comfort, space, and headroom. Moreover, the Elantra’s dashboard looks quite unique owing to the design language it follows. Some interior features include:

  • Standard manual air conditioning
  • Multicolor interior ambient lighting
  • Power locks and mirrors
  • A tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Power-operated front and rear windows
  • Standard leather upholstery

How intuitive is the 2012 Ford Focus’s infotainment unit?

The 2012 Ford Focus infotainment system is quite basic in the base S trim and it gets only a four-speaker sound system with a CD player along with an auxiliary audio jack. The Sport package available with the upper SE trim adds a six-speaker audio system that includes Ford's Sync cell phone and iPod interface. The top-end Titanium trim offers an 8-inch touchscreen display running on the MyFord Touch interface and bundles a 10-speaker Sony audio system, satellite radio, and HD radio.Some of the Infotainment features are:

  • MyFord Touch with an 8-inch touchscreen display
  • Bluetooth Connectivity for phone and audio streaming
  • CD Player
  • HD Radio
  • Satellite radio
  • Auxiliary audio jack

2012 Ford Focus Exterior

7.0/10

The 2012 Ford Focus exterior design is quite nice to look at and blends well with the urban traffic. The front end gets a rather sleek grille with a chrome strip holding the Ford logo while the front bumper gets blacked out air-intakes and faux air-dams to accentuate the centrally placed intake grille. The headlamp units are sleek and gel in with the front fascia gracefully. The side profile is neat with black cladding while the rear end looks more aggressive than the front with wrap-around taillights.

Model

Ford Focus S

Chevrolet Cruze

Hyundai Elantra

Honda Civic

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,907

3,011

2,701

2,608

Length (in.)

178.5

181.0

178.3 

177.3

Width (in.)

71.8

70.7

69.9

69.0

Height (in.)

57.7

58.1

56.5

56.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

4.7

5.7

5.5

5.5

Wheelbase (in.)

104.3

110.2

106.3

105.1

The Chevrolet Cruze looks sportier and more aggressive than the Focus and also has a muscular build in comparison. It is also the heaviest weighing 3011 lbs and has more ground clearance than the Focus along with a longer wheelbase as well of 5.7 and 110.2 inches. 

On the other hand, the Focus is the widest option at 71.8 inches but sports the lowest clearance from the ground of 4.7 inches. The Hyundai Elantra follows the brand’s new fluidic design language and looks sportier than it is. It is larger than the Focus and is also the lightest option with a curb weight of 2,701 lbs. Some exterior features are:

  • 15-inch steel wheels
  • Optional 16/17-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Rear spoiler
  • Front foglights
  • Exterior Protection Package

2012 Ford Focus Safety

9.0/10

In terms of safety, the 2012 Ford Focus doesn’t disappoint too with a perfect 5-star rating from the NHTSA and an overall “Good” rating from the IIHS as well. The sedan also comes with almost all the basic safety features such as stability control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, Ford Sync system, and Ford MyKey system(except the base S trim). Some Safety Features are:

  • Electronic stability system with traction control
  • Anti-lock braking system
  • Ford Sync system with Emergency crash notification feature
  • Ford’s MyKey system
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags
  • Engine Immobilizer

2012 Ford Focus Final Verdict

In the segment, the 2012 Ford Focus with its all-new design and features make for an attractive offering when compared to the rivals. Its compact dimensions make it a great city car and it also offers great handling and rides quality for an entry-level sedan. Overall, if you’re looking for a true value for money sedan with a tech-rich cabin and excellent practicality within the urban limits, the Focus is the one to go for.

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