2013 Ford Focus

MSRP $16,200

Ranked #3 in Sedan

8.1

Overall Rating

FILTER BY STYLE

2013 Ford Focus Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 14, 2021

Nathan Dyer's image
Nathan Dyer 

Senior Editor


The Ford Focus has been around in the market since its launch in 1999 and had a low profile for the starting days. With the introduction of its third generation, Ford heavily upgraded the Focus from a mere economy car to a well-packed daily sedan. In 2013 the Ford Focus kept itself away from any major upgrades but little tweaks have been done to improve the overall experience.

See detailed review »

Pros

Handling

Refined powertrain

Fuel economy

Cons

Cramped rear row

Base trim is lackluster in terms of its infotainment

What's New?

No major upgrade


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$16200

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

132 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

dimensions

wheelbase

104.3 in.

length

178.5 in.

width

71.8 in.

height

57.7 in.

curb weight

2935 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


Pictures & Videos


Trims

S$16,200 onwards

Colors and Styles

2013 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

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

7.0

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


Starting at a competitive price of $16,200, it rivals the Kia Forte, Chevrolet Cruze, and the Nissan Sentra. The figures and appeal are so intense among them that they all have their supremo in one of the important aspects of this segment about which we will discover as we proceed. 


9.9/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2013 Ford Focus Features

9.9/10

The Ford Focus comes in three trims namely S, SE, and Titanium within a price range of $16,200- $23,200. The level of sophistication in the Focus tends to enhance as we up the trim tree. The manual air conditioning in the lower trims is replaced by the dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control along with rear seat ventilation. The power-assistance of seats in the Titanium has been kept exclusive for it while the S and SE have to settle with the lower-tier mechanism. The wheel setup also changes from the 15-inch steel format to 16-inch painted alloy to 17-inch sport aluminum format as per trim hierarchy in the same order.

Trims

S

SE

Titanium

MSRP (Sedan)

$16,200

$18,200

$23,200

Key Features

15-inch steel wheels

16-inch painted alloy wheels

17-inch sport aluminum wheels

 

Quad beam headlamps

Cruise control

Chrome exterior accents

 

Black grille with chrome trim

SYNC infotainment system

Heated leather front bucket seats

 

Air-conditioning with air filtration system

Fog lamps

MyFord touch

 

One-touch power windows

Ambient lighting

Dual-zone automatic temperature control

There are some common features as well which are basic yet important for daily commuting and usage like the Quad beam headlamps, SecuriLock passive anti-theft system, and telescopic steering column. Apart from these features, it is quite evident that the S trim is pretty disappointing regarding its infotainment while the other two siblings just manage to miss that stint image. The SYNC infotainment system and MyFord touch are among those assets which could have been incorporated into the S trim. On the whole, it is generous but the Base needs a little more updating.

We Recommend

You should avail of the SE trim as it will cost you less than $20,000. It looks much better than the base trim and gets various additional features. You can add the optional packages as well for $2,640 where you get the 17-inch dark painted alloy wheels, leather steering and gear shifter, leather upholstery, SiriusXM satellite radio, power driver seat, rear spoiler, and other stuff which extend its overall presence. Even with that, the price will remain under $22,000.

2013 Ford Focus Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The 2013 Ford Focus has a single powertrain option with its sedan model. It is a 2.0L I-4 with flex-fuel capabilities. With its FWD drivetrain, the engine outputs 160hp power at 6,500 RPM and 146lb-ft torque at 4,300 RPM. The engine can be mated to either a 5-Speed manual transmission or a 6-Speed powershift automatic transmission depending on the trim level. As far as performance is concerned, the base engine sprints from 0-60 mph in 8.8 seconds with a quarter-mile run of 16.2 seconds at 123 mph top speed. The figures are impressive considering its segment and has high prospects.

Models

2013 Ford Focus

2013 Kia Forte

2013 Chevrolet Cruze

2013 Nissan Sentra

MSRP

$16,200

$15,400

$17,130

$15,990

Engine

2.0L GDI I-4 Flex-fuel

2.0L DOHC MPFI I-4 Regular

1.8L ECOTEC DOHC I-4 Regular

1.8L DOHC I-4 Regular

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

5-Speed manual w/od

6-Speed manual w/od

6-Speed manual w/od

6-Speed manual w/od

Power

160hp @ 6500 RPM

156hp @ 6200 RPM

138hp @ 6300 RPM

130hp @ 6000 RPM

Torque

146lb-ft @ 4450 RPM

144lb-ft @ 4300 RPM

125lb-ft @ 3800 RPM

128lb-ft @ 3600 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.8

8.8

9.2

9.4

Quarter mile (seconds)

16.2

16.1

16.8

17.1

Top Speed (MPH)

123

123

115

115

The Ford Focus is offered at a competitive price. Being the most powerful affordable compact car, it is quite impressive in terms of driving impressions and handling. If you want better performance, the powershift automatic transmission will save you 0.2 seconds in its 0-60 mph acceleration adding another hallmark in its already glorious sheet. On the other hand, the Kia Forte is the closest competitor with similar performance numbers of 156hp and 144lb.-ft torque, whereas other rivals are comparatively slower.

2013 Ford Focus Fuel Economy

7.0/10

With its 2.0L I-4 engine, the 2013 Ford Focus can run on both gasoline and ethanol with which we get 26 MPG in the city, 36 MPG on the highways, and a combined economy of 30 MPG. These figures have their relevance as they are achieved without any compromise in its performance curve. Moreover, when they are viewed with a 12.4-gallon fuel tank, the range becomes as much as 446 miles which is decent but could have been increased. 

Models

2013 Ford Focus

2013 Kia Forte

2013 Chevrolet Cr uze

2013 Nissan Sentra

MPG City

26

25

25

27

MPG Highway

36

34

36

36

MPG Combined

30

29

29

30

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

12.4

13.7

15.6

13.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

322.4/446.4/372

342.5/465.8/397.3

390.0/561.6/452.4

356.4/475.2/396

As compared to the rivals, Focus has a great fuel economy. It competes with the Nissan Sentra with a similar highway and combined economy whereas the Sentra is slightly ahead when it comes to the city averaging 27 MPG. The third spot is taken by the Chevrolet Cruze while the Kia Forte sits at the bottom of the list. Even with an amazing fuel economy, the Focus falls behind others as they are capable of hitting more than 450 miles quite easily. 

2013 Ford Focus Interior

8.0/10

As mentioned before, the third generation has been given so many touch-ups to cater to the incoming generation that one can find himself/herself at ease when entering the cabin. Though the Ford Focus has cloth-trimming for its lower trim, it still has that nice feel which further enhances once we dissect the leatherette clouding on seats, gear shifter, and steering wheel inside the Titanium. On top of that, the Titanium even gets power-heating and power-adjustability for its front seats and rear-seat heat ducts. The ambient lighting and dual-zone automatic temperature control are also entailed in its list. The bottom line is that it is Titanium trim which gets most of the features that are worth mentioning, the rest are generous but inferior to the former.

Models

2013 Ford Focus

2013 Kia Forte

2013 Chevrolet Cruze

2013 Nissan Sentra

Seating capacity

5

5

5

5

Front row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (inches)

38.3/55.6/41.9

40.0/55.7/43.3

39.0/53.9/42.2

39.4/54.7/42.5

Rear row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (inches)

38.0/53.7/33.2

37.6/54.7/35.0

37.9/53.9/35.3

36.7/53.9/37.4

Cargo capacity (cubic feet)

13.2

14.7

15.0

15.1

All the rivals have a similar 5 person seating capacity but the rear row is kind of cramped particularly for the Ford Focus. On the other hand, the Nissan Sentra offers the most balanced, specifically legroom, in both rows. It is then followed by the Cruze and Forte in the same order. If we talk about the cargo capacity, the Ford Focus might have the least volume but the gap is marginal and can be ignored. Therefore, as per this domain, we rate Sentra to be the most desirable one.

Highlight Interior features:

  • Metallic interior accents
  • Leather upholstery
  • Leather steering and gear shifter
  • 6-way power driver seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Cruise control
  • Dual-zone automatic temperature control
  • 7 color ambient lighting

How intuitive is the 2013 Ford Focus's Infotainment unit?

The base unit with an AM/FM radio, a CD player, an MP3 player with an input jack, and 4 speakers for music is what sums up for the S trim of the Ford Focus. In addition to that, the SE trim has the SYNC voice infotainment system with a 4.0-inch display also. It comes with additional features such as Bluetooth compatibility, USB ports, and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. The Titanium trim gets even better with the MyFord Touch infotainment with an 8.0-inch touchscreen display. With that, you have a Sony 10-speaker sound system and a SYNC service's turn-by-turn navigation.

Highlight Infotainment features:

  • CD player
  • SYNC voice-activated infotainment
  • Bluetooth and USB compatibility
  • MyFord touch infotainment
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen
  • Sony premium audio system
  • SYNC satellite navigation

2013 Ford Focus Exterior

9.0/10

The 2013 Focus is a typical Ford design language that has got both appearance and functionalities throughout its silhouette. The chrome-accented grille on the front fascia is surrounded by the quad beam headlamps with which it has that sober persona bestowed to its expression pursuit. Even the wheel arches have been given consideration as the wheel setup of 15-inch steel or 17-inch aluminum-alloy does not appear as if they have come beyond those limits. The slope from the roof to the bonnet does not look abrupt and it is evident from the fact that the inside cabin has enough headroom. 

Models

2013 Ford Focus

2013 Kia Forte

2013 Chevrolet Cruze

2013 Nissan Sentra

Curb weight (lbs)

2,907

2,729

3,093

2,822

Length (inches)

178.5

178.3

181.0

182.1

Width (inches)

71.8

69.9

70.7

69.3

Height (inches)

57.7

57.5

58.0

58.9

Ground clearance (inches)

4.0

5.9

6.4

6.4

Wheelbase (inches)

104.3

104.3

105.7

106.3

The 2013 Ford Focus has that fresh and modernized appearance which makes it more appealing than its rivals. In terms of weight and dimensions, the Focus comes in the middle as it is lighter and smaller than the Chevrolet Cruze but bigger than the Kia Forte with the least ground clearance among all. These figures translate to decent handling and low longitudinal forward push which are in itself sort of a gem of a quality. The rivals are also somewhat parallel in this category thereby leaving this section inconclusive. 

Highlight Exterior features:

  • Aerodynamic exterior design
  • Quad beam headlamps
  • Chrome bezel fog lamps
  • Rear spoiler
  • Huge chrome-trimmed grille
  • 17-inch sport aluminum wheels

2013 Ford Focus Safety

9.0/10

Ford has given preference to quality and safety with the all-new Focus. It has a rigid structure constructed with a blend of ultra-high-strength steel which is in conjunction with a high crumple zone by which the impact force is dissipated rather than traveling to the occupant cabin. The structural soundness is supported by the “Top Safety Pick +” award and a 5-star rating in the crash test by the IIHS and NHTSA respectively. Apart from that, it has an array of active safety features like the AdvanceTrac, brake actuated traction control, and tire pressure monitoring system that strengthens the overall assurance.

Some of the features are:

  • High-strength steel structure
  • 7 standard airbags
  • AdvanceTrac stability control
  • Brake actuated traction control
  • Tire pressure monitoring system

2013 Ford Focus Final Verdict

The 2013 Ford Focus is definitely one of the best in the market for its offers and handling dynamics. Affordable in all possible ways and that too with some exciting additional package by which the appeal can be taken onto the next level. We don’t see any reason not to consider it in the first place but it is still believed that the infotainment unit of base trim could have been improved.

Similar Cars

2013 Subaru Impreza
2013 Subaru Impreza

MSRP: $17,895

7.8/10
2013 Dodge Dart
2013 Dodge Dart

MSRP: $15,995

7.7/10
2013 Mazda 3
2013 Mazda 3

MSRP: $16,700

7.8/10
2013 Volkswagen Jetta
7.5/10
2013 Toyota Corolla
2013 Toyota Corolla

MSRP: $16,230

8.3/10
2013 Nissan Versa
2013 Nissan Versa

MSRP: $11,990

8.0/10
2013 Nissan Sentra
2013 Nissan Sentra

MSRP: $15,990

7.7/10
2013 Kia Forte
2013 Kia Forte

MSRP: $15,400

7.7/10
2013 Honda Civic
2013 Honda Civic

MSRP: $18,165

7.7/10
2013 Hyundai Elantra
8.1/10