The 2017 Ford Focus is one of the Blue Ovals true global success stories, and to say it's a big-seller and an important vehicle for the automaker is a gross understatement. The Focus has been around now since as long ago as 1998, although it took a year longer to reach American shores as a 2000 model year after initially being launched in Europe. The current car is now the seventh model year of the third-generation, but unless you already knew it, you'd probably never believe it had been in production in its current form for so long. It used to be offered here as a hatch and a wagon until towards the end of its second-generation when they were discontinued and the sedan and coupe versions took over the reins on their own. However, the third-generation is now only available as either a four-door sedan or a hatch, which means we can now also enjoy the fabulous Focus RS that's only ever been available in hatchback form.
There's an incredible amount of diversity in the 2017 Ford Focus lineup, which is largely thanks to the ten different trims it now comes in. Although there are ten different specifications, some are really only hatch and sedan variations of the same trim. The base model is the S and it's only available in four-door sedan form, and then the lineup goes to the SE, SEL and Titanium trims that are all available as hatches or sedans. Things then really start to hot up with performance-orientated ST models, and there's also a Focus Electric for the more environmentally aware buyer. Of course there's also now the simply awe-inspiring RS performance model, but availability is limited and to be quite honest, it's a car that's so special it really does deserve to be considered as separate from the rest of the family.
A 2.0-liter Ti-VCT inline-four with 160 horsepower and 146 lb.-ft. of torque is the standard engine in most models, but there are three others if you want something different and there are six-speed manual, six-speed automatic and six-speed automatic with SelectShift transmissions, depending on the particular model. The SE sedan and hatch models do offer the chance to upgrade from the standard 2.0-liter, but it's not the usual sort of predictable upgrade. In fact, the optional engine is actually the smaller 1.0-liter, three-cylinder EcoBoost unit that seems to have won more awards than it's feasible to keep track of. Despite its small displacement, it still produces a pretty useful 123 horsepower and 125 lb.-ft. of torque and to appreciate it you really do have to experience it. The third available engine is a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, which this time puts 252 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. at your disposal. To enjoy the power and performance of this particular powerplant you'll have to opt for the ST trim, but you'll definitely be glad you did.
The final engine of the quartet is a 2.3-liter EcoBoost that powers the incredible RS, but that's a whole story in its own right that's much more than just a turbocharged four-cylinder.
If fuel-efficiency is a big deal you won’t be disappointed by the Focus. It won't shock anyone that the 1.0-liter EcoBoost is the most economical on gas, and with the manual transmission it gets as good as 30 mpg in the city, 42 mpg on the highway and 35 mpg combined.* The naturally aspirated 2.0-liter is also pretty impressive with ratings of 27/40/31 mpg for city/highway/combined driving with the six-speed PowerShift automatic, and the 2.0-liter EcoBoost in the ST is no gas-guzzler either with 22/31/25 mpg with the six-speed manual transmission.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2017 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.