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2012 Ford Focus 5-door

At a Glance

Pricing $18,300 - $23,995
Drive Types FWD
Engines 2.0l I4
Transmissions M5, SM6
Fuel Economy 26-28 (city), 36-38 (highway)

Our Ratings

Velocity Index 51

Overview Information

Compact cars are one of the most hotly contested segments in the industry. It takes a combination of style, value and fuel economy to succeed. Redesigned for 2012, the Ford Focus addresses all three with a range of models from the basic S to the high-end Titanium. A standard 160-bhp, 2.0l four cylinder engine is one of the most powerful engines in the segment, yet maintains a respectable EPA rating of 28 MPG city, 38 MPG highway (6-speed AT). The Focus is slightly smaller than some competitive models in the segment but splits the difference in size between the smaller Ford Fiesta, and the larger Ford Fusion. Two body styles are available: a sedan and a five-door hatchback. The basic S and SE have low starting prices, but include common cost cutting items like rear drum brakes and steel wheels with wheel covers. At about $21,000, the Focus SEL addresses both shortcomings nearly matching the price of similarly equipped models from other manufacturers. Ford will continue to expand the Focus lineup adding an all-electric vehicle in 2012, and a plug-in hybrid for 2013.

What Changed:

The 2012 Focus is an all-new vehicle based on Ford's new global C-segment platform. Compared to the prior model in North America the new Focus is longer and wider by several inches. A new 2.0l four-cylinder engine provides the power. A new six speed dual clutch transmission is a big change from the four-speed automatic found in prior models. The five-door hatchback is a new model for North America.

Official Word:

The all-new Ford Focus sets a new standard in the small car segment in North America, offering more technologies and features than many expensive European cars, while delivering up to 40 mpg on the highway. "Focus brings a desirable combination of dynamic design, outstanding driver engagement, unmatched levels of technology and impressive fuel economy," said Mark Fields, president of The Americas. "The new model should expand Focus appeal to a whole new generation of customers." Focus...Read.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Focus 5-door SE 200A 2.0l I4 (160-bhp) M5 FWD 26/36/30 51 $18,300
Focus 5-door SE 200A 2.0l I4 (160-bhp) SM6 FWD 28/38/32 48 $19,395
Focus 5-door SE 201A 2.0l I4 (160-bhp) M5 FWD 26/36/30 51 $18,695
Focus 5-door SE 201A 2.0l I4 (160-bhp) SM6 FWD 28/38/32 48 $19,790
Focus 5-door SE 202A 2.0l I4 (160-bhp) M5 FWD 26/36/30 51 $19,095
Focus 5-door SE 202A 2.0l I4 (160-bhp) SM6 FWD 28/38/32 48 $20,190
Focus 5-door SE 203A 2.0l I4 (160-bhp) M5 FWD 26/36/30 51 $19,495
Focus 5-door SE 203A 2.0l I4 (160-bhp) SM6 FWD 28/38/32 48 $20,590
Focus 5-door SEL 300A 2.0l I4 (160-bhp) SM6 FWD 28/38/32 51 $21,300
Focus 5-door SEL 301A 2.0l I4 (160-bhp) SM6 FWD 28/38/32 51 $22,295
Focus 5-door SEL 302A 2.0l I4 (160-bhp) SM6 FWD 28/38/32 51 $22,695
Focus 5-door SEL 303A 2.0l I4 (160-bhp) SM6 FWD 28/38/32 51 $23,690
Focus 5-door Titanium 400A 2.0l I4 (160-bhp) SM6 FWD 28/38/32 51 $22,700
Focus 5-door Titanium 401A 2.0l I4 (160-bhp) SM6 FWD 28/38/32 51 $23,995