Hatchback model has added utility over sedan and looks great
Long list of upgrades and high-tech options
Tight fit for back seat passengers
Stereo controls can be a distraction
Cabin noise is on the intrusive side
Ruling: The redesigned Ford Focus comes out with impressive changes to its exterior and interior styling. And it is also more fun to drive than the previous generation.
The 2012 Ford Focus has been completely redesigned and it looks good. The interior redesign was first on the list and it now features more high tech options that assist the driver and keep them connected to their electronic devices. Available with the 2012 Focus are the MyFord and MyKey systems. MyFord integrates entertainment, navigation, and communication into a touch screen console. MyKey is a safety feature that restricts vehicle speed and stereo volume while your teen drives.
Looking sportier and more aggressive than a Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla, the exterior updates for the 2012 Focus move far away from the vanilla sedan look and is much more satisfying to drive.
Standard engine for the entire Focus line for 2012 is an all-new 2.0-liter direct-injected four cylinder engine that makes 160 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with either a 5-speed manual or six-speed PowerShift dual clutch automatic. Fuel economy with the automatic transmission is 28 city / 38 highway /31 combined mpg. The sedan outfitted with the SFE package is estimated to get 28 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway, and 33 mpg combined.
A Focus five-door hatchback model is also available.
MyFord + Microsoft Sync works as well as a Windows PC
Verdict: Compact car buyers have so many choices these days, and all the options are decently equipped automobiles with good safety features and technologies. Progress has certainly been good to the entry-level segment. The Focus is a good package of decent performance, great amenities and safety features, all wrapped in a nicely styled European body. Ford has gone a long way since the Escort days.