2017 Ford Focus

#34
in Compact sedans
2017 MODEL
$16,775 - $23,575 See Inventory Prices

Detailed Review

Ford has been one of the pioneers in automobile manufacturing, having been one of the top companies since more than a century now. Starting at a price tag of $16,775, the 2017 Ford Focus S comes in 4 trims with different features in each successive variants. The top-end trim, Titanium, sits at $23,575.

The 2017 Ford Focus S is powered by a 2.0L I-4 GDI engine producing 160 hp and 146 lb-ft torque. The modest engine is capable of firing the car up to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. The vehicle houses a 5-speed manual transmission and is a front-wheel drive only.

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Pros

Comfortable

Great handling

High-quality interior

Easy to drive

Cons

Fuel consumption

Low cargo space

Low legroom and headspace in rear seats

Adequate engine performance

What's New?

Improved Infotainment System

Optional features like a 6-speed automatic transmission

Introduction of a new SEL trim


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$16775

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu. in.

horsepower

160 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

146 lb.-ft. @ 4450 rpm

transmission

5-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear short and long arm suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

9 in. ventilated front disc/10.9 in. drum brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

104.3 in.

length

178.5 in.

width

71.8 in.

height

57.7 in.

curb weight

2935 lbs.

ground clearance

4.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

90.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.2 cu ft.

payload capacity

827 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/28/34 mpg

highway range

421.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No

ev battery warranty

8 yr./ 100,000 mi.



Styles

 2017 Ford Focus in White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat color  2017 Ford Focus in White Gold Metallic color  2017 Ford Focus in Shadow Black color  2017 Ford Focus in Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat color  2017 Ford Focus in Race Red color  2017 Ford Focus in Magnetic Metallic color  2017 Ford Focus in Magnetic Metallic color  2017 Ford Focus in Kona Blue Metallic color
White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat

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Ratings

Features

6.9

Engine

6.5

Interior

5.2

Exterior

6.5

Safety

7.8

Driving

7.7

6.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Ford Focus S

S

power
160 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
28 combined

$16,775


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $16,775 MSRP (25/28/34) 160 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, I4, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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5-speed manual front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Ford Focus SE w/Ecoboost

SE w/Ecoboost

power
123 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
34 combined

$18,175


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Sedan w/EcoBoost (1.0L 3cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $18,175 MSRP (30/34/40) 123 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1 L, I3, regular unleaded
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6-speed manual front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Ford Focus SEL

SEL

power
160 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
29 combined

$21,175


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6AM) Starting at $21,175 MSRP (26/29/36) 160 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, I4, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Ford Focus Titanium

Titanium

power
160 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
29 combined

$23,575


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Titanium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6AM) Starting at $23,575 MSRP (26/29/36) 160 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, I4, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial April 1, 2019

6.8

Overall Rating


6.9/10
Features

 

6.5/10
Engine

 
 

5.2/10
Interior

 

6.5/10
Exterior

 

7.8/10
Safety

 
 
 

The last time Ford gave a major design change was back in 2012, and since then the Focus models have all remained pretty much the same. The Focus S gives a good competition and goes against the likes of the Chevrolet Cruze and Honda City LX. While the Honda is a bit costlier car, but Cruze and Focus S are almost identical in pricing.

2017 Ford Focus Features

6.9/10

There are 4 trims namely S, SE, SEL, and Titanium, all of which come with extensive features introduced in each successive models. The S is only offered as a sedan while others are either hatchback or sedan. Some of the features offered as standard in the higher trims are provided as optional on the Focus S.

While mostly offering a tweaked powertrain as standard or optional, the Focus offers different expansive features as we go up the ladder in the trims. The Focus S offers basic features like cloth upholstery, 15" steel wheels, keyless entry, and so on, whereas when you go higher the ladder, you’d find the Titanium offering well-stocked features like more premium upholstery, heated mirrors with puddle lamp, bigger 17" aluminum wheels, and so on.

Trim

S

SE

SEL

Titanium

MSRP

$16,775

$18,175

$21,175

$23,575

Key

Features

  • Manual climate control.
  • Full-floor center console with storage, cupholders.
  • Dual Visor Vanity Mirrors.
  • Steering wheel with redundant audio controls.
  • Dual Illuminated Visor Vanity Mirrors.
  • Power front and rear windows with driver one-touch down.
  • Cruise control.
  • Illuminated entry.
  • Ambient Lighting.
  • Power Moonroof.
  • SYNC 3 – Enhanced Voice Recognition Communications and Entertainment System with 8" LCD Capacitive Touchscreen in Center Stack with Swipe Capability.
  • Power front and rear windows with all windows one-touch up and down.
  • Map pockets behind driver and front-passenger seats.
  • Remote Start System.

We Recommend

Sedan buyers will go for the SEL Trim as it offers some amazing goodies like an upgraded SYNC 3 infotainment interface, which gets smartphone integration, 8-inch touchscreen, HD Radio, and a 10-speaker audio system. Priced at $21,975, the Focus SEL Sedan also gets dual-zone climate control, an automatic transmission, a moonroof, and rear parking sensors.

2017 Ford Focus Engine

6.5/10

Engine and Transmission

The Ford Focus S comes with a 2.0L I-4 GDI engine which puts out 160 HP and 146 lb-ft torque. The drivetrain is a standard front wheel drive while the transmission comes with either a standard 5-speed manual package or an optional 6-speed automatic transmission, provided only on the high-end Titanium trim.

The engine performance of Focus S is enough for normal driving albeit it gives a feeling of wanting more. It performs smoothly with no hiccups and drives well on the manual transmission. The automatic transmission, however, does not react in a responsive manner. The gears don’t seem responsive to the corresponding speed and seem more of a hit-and-miss. The manual gears seem like the better choice here.

Models

Ford Focus S

Honda Civic LX

Chevrolet Cruze L

MSRP

$16,775

$18,740

$16,975

Engine

2.0L I-4 GDI Ti-VCT Flex Fuel

2.0L I-4 DOHC 16-Valve i-VTEC

1.4L turbo DOHC 4-cylinder

Transmission

5-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

6-speed Manual

Horsepower

160 hp

158 hp  

153 hp  

Torque

146 lb-ft.

138 lb-ft.

177 lb-ft.

The Honda Civic is a bit more powerful when compared to the Focus S whereas the Chevrolet Cruz is less compared to both the cars. While the Focus S takes around 6.2s to reach the 60mph mark, the Civic and the Cruze take a full 2 seconds more than the Focus S to reach the same. However, they catch up on the quarter-mile distance. The Honda City wins the performance round here, albeit taking a longer time to reach the Focus. It is faster and more fuel efficient compared to the lot here.

Acceleration

The Ford Focus S accelerates quickly with all that 146 lb-ft of torque, reaching the 60mph mark at 6.2s. But, reaching the quarter mile takes a good 16.3s, which is just about average from the engine performance. Although the Focus S zips away quickest in reaching 60mph, its rivals take just about the same time in the quarter-mile distance.

While the Cruze and Focus S are right about evenly matched in the quarter-mile distance, the Civic LX takes a tad longer, 0.5s, to reach the same. It is interesting to note that the Cruze utilizes a less powerful and smaller engine while producing a lot more torque when compared to the Focus S, yet the Focus S seems like a better choice when comparing pure acceleration.

Models

Ford Focus S

Honda Civic LX

Chevrolet Cruze L

0-60 MPH

6.2 sec

8.6 sec

8.1 sec

Quarter mile

16.3 sec

16.7 sec

16.2 sec

Engine

2.0L

2.0L

1.4L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.3

5.5

5.5

The Cruze and the Civic produce the least amount of emissions whereas the Focus S produces more. While being powerful, the Focus is not really a  “green car” as the Civic or the Cruze is. Yet, the emissions produced aren’t too bad when considering the overall package of the car.

Handling and Steering

The Focus S is an easy-to-drive vehicle with a quick and responsive steering and excellent maneuverability. The car is well balanced, with a great chassis and quiet driving. Comfortable, entertaining, and sporty - the car delivers on all front.

The Focus S is more of a “made for all” car so zipping on the highway, coasting on a freeway, or just trying to get out of traffic, the Focus S feels like a pleasure to drive.

Braking

The Focus S has a 10.9in front brakes while measuring 9.0in on the rear. With a curb weight of 2935 lbs, the car when braked from 60mph comes to a stop within 117ft. While this isn’t too bad, it is still average. The Cruze stops a bit later while the Civic has the worst braking, taking a good 127 feet to come to a standstill. The brake pedals feel good and responsive while maintaining a solid feel to it.

Model

Ford Focus S

Honda Civic LX

Chevrolet Cruze L

Brake Front (in.)

10.9

11.1

10.8

Brake Rear (in.)

9.0

10.2

10.5

   Curb Weight (lbs.)

2935

2742

2835

60-0 MPH (ft.)

117

127

121

2017 Ford Focus Fuel Economy

The Ford powered by a 2.0L I-4 GDI engine gives around 25 mpg in the city, 34 on the highway, and when looking at the combined economy, it manages 28 mpg. For its price segment, you can find better numbers out there. Looking at Honda Civic and the Chevrolet Cruze, both the cars provide better mpg on all fronts when compared to the Focus S.

 As seen here, the Honda Civic provides a better overall fuel consumption per gallon unlike the Cruze and Focus S. While these are estimates for the manual transmission, the Focus S with automatic transmission gives out lower results.

Model

Ford Focus S

Honda Civic LX

Chevrolet Cruze L

MPG (city)

25

28

28

MPG (highway)

34

40

39

MPG (combined)

28

32

32

2017 Ford Focus Interior

5.2/10

“One of the 2017 Ford Focus' best attributes is its interior design. This is a vehicle that could definitely be classified as an economy car, but the cabin doesn't feel cheap or cut-rate at all. The materials have a quality look and feel, and all the controls are laid out in a logical and simple format.”- edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The interior of the Ford Sedan S is high quality, sleek and contemporary in design. It rather looks like a car, unlike its price segment. Although the Focus S is an economy class, the interior does not look or feel any cheap or poor in quality. The dashboard is a nice and clean design.

The front seats are comfortable and spacious. The rear seats though are small and stuffy, making it less of a place for adults to sit comfortably in while not proving to be the same for children. Headspace and legroom in the back seats are way less when compared to the front seats.

Model

Ford Focus S

Honda Civic LX

Chevrolet Cruze L

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.3/55.6/41.9

39.3/57.0/42.3

38.9/54.9/42.0

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.0/53.7/33.2

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.3/53.2/36.1

Interior features

Some interior features include:

  • 4.2 inch LCD display Infotainment System
  • Steering wheel with audio control
  • Rear heat vents
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Illuminated entry
  • USB ports
  • Power front and rear windows with driver one - touch down

Some optional interior features include:

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Cargo area protector

Cargo volume

A 13.2ft cube cargo volume seems decent yet falls short of the average volume offered in the class segment. The Honda Civic offers the most boot space with a nice 15.1ft cube while the Cruze offers a tad less than it. The Focus has the smallest boot space when compared to the Civic and the Cruze.

Model

Ford Focus S

Honda Civic LX

Chevrolet Cruze L

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

13.2

15.1

14.8

2017 Ford Focus Exterior

6.5/10

Ford has barely changed much of the Focus’ design since 2012, but while a traditional refreshed models have been annually updated, the design has not seem much of any significant changes, apart from a new grille added on the Focus models.

The Focus S is a nicely designed vehicle and well built. The car is quite compact for a sedan. It is clean and stylish without appearing to try too much. While Ford has not done much of an update in the past years, it is refreshing to see the design still works today.

Dimensions and Weight

The car measures slightly short in length but wider in comparison to the Honda Civic and Chevrolet Cruze. It also appears slightly taller in its segment. On the other hand, the ground clearance and wheelbase are both higher and longer respectively, as compared to its rivals.

The Focus S is the heaviest in its segment, with the Honda Civic weighing the lightest. Overall, the Sedan is a well built and designed vehicle capable of driving on just about any streets without a hassle.

Model

Ford Focus S

Honda Civic LX

Chevrolet Cruze L

Curb weight (lbs.)

2935

2742

2835

Length(in)

178.5

182.3

183.7

Width(in)

71.8

70.8

70.5

Height(in)

57.7

55.7

57.4

Ground clearance (in)

4.7

5.9

6.4

Wheelbase (in)

104.3

106.3

106.3

Track width (in) F/R

61.2/60.4

60.9/61.5

60.1/61.1

Exterior features

 The Focus S comes with some of  the following standard features:

  • Automatic quad-beam halogen headlamps
  • Mirror with integrated blind spot
  • Hill start assist
  • Rear window defroster
  • 18-inch Alloys

Some optional features include:

  • Front upper-grille with gloss black
  • Heated mirrors
  • LED lighting with daytime running lamps
  • Rear spoiler

2017 Ford Focus Safety

7.8/10

The Ford Focus S comes with a list of safety features like:

  • Mykey System-inc: Top Speed Limiter, Audio Volume Limiter, Early Low Fuel Warning, Programmable Sound Chimes and Beltminder w/Audio Mute
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

2017 Ford Focus Competition

Honda Civic LX Vs Ford Focus

With prices starting at $18,740, which is $2,000 more than the Ford Focus S, the Honda Civic offers a great overall package. It offers a much better engine performance, more spacious and comfortable, better fuel efficiency, and just as enjoyable to drive as the Focus S. It even scores much better in the NHTSA and IIHS rating, even to the extent of being rated top safety pick by IIHS. The interiors are much better in quality and the standard trim looks more luxurious. It even provides better boot space when compared to the Focus S.

The Honda Civic proves far better in value when compared to the Focus S. That is not to say the Focus S is a bad car in comparison, it is still a great car and offers a lot that Honda does too. For instance, the SYNC 3 infotainment system, which is far more advanced than what Honda offers. But if $2,000 doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket, then Honda seems far more feasible at this point.

Chevrolet Cruze LV Vs Ford Focus

The Chevrolet Cruze starts at 16,975, almost at par with the pricing of the Focus S. In comparison with the Ford, the Cruze comes with a lesser powerful engine, nice interiors and exteriors, much more legroom and headroom on the rear seats, top-quality cabin, and better fuel economy. The car is well balanced and offers a good drivability.

While the car is pretty much on a similar scale and offers similar features to the Ford Focus S, the latter seems like a wiser choice when compared to the former. The Ford seems to perform better in almost every endeavor.

2017 Ford Focus Final Verdict

While there are other better options in the class segment, Ford Focus S truly does deliver for what price it offers. It offers a great and comfortable driving experience, gives decent mpg, comfort, looks good, excellent handling and maneuverability.While Focus S does have many competitors in the field, and most of them do outperform it, the car still offers a great deal for its price.