Focus Still One Of The Best Compact Cars
Focus is a compact car launched in 1998 by Ford. The vehicle has seen various diversities in body styles, colours and specificification, mainly due to the maker’s desire to make it fit into many bills. From catering to young individuals looking for a sleek and cheap car to move around to families with few members, the car is in the market for anyone who wishes to drive a low-maintenance car.
Developments made over the years also include more compliance to federal policies on low emission, a situation that has made the automaker phase out the production of several of its nameplates. Now building hybrids of many of the old car models, the long-term goal is for Ford’s operations to be fully electric by 2030.
The Ford Focus comes in a variety of models and versions, but a standard model of the car has the following specifications:
Engine – 2.0-liter four-cylinder base engine
Horsepower – 160 hp
Transmission – five-speed manual (standard)
Driver Type – front-wheel drive (all-wheel drive also available)
Remember that the specifications may be different based on the model you are buying.
Advanced safety features including rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, active park assist and many more.
Seating features including Recaro leather seats, adjustable seats for the driver, front seats that are heated, heated steering wheel, and leather-trimmed shift knob.
Connectivity boasts of SYNC 3 infotainment system, which comes with touch functionality that allows Focus owners to use swiping and pinching gestures like they would on a smartphone. The system also boasts of Bluetooth, speakers, USB ports, voice recognition, HD Radio, 10-speaker Sony Audio system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The Ford Focus also has two sets of LATCH child car-seats connectors.
Other features include keyless entry and push-button start.
Ford Focus measures up to its rivals competitively, including in its pricing. The 2018 model of the car costs between $12,200 to $19,000, while newer models cost a couple of thousands more, depending on the specifications of the model you are buying.
Has powerful engines
Smooth to handle
Comes in diverse body styles
All-electric trim available
Clutch can be difficult to use sometimes
It is not very spacious in the rear part
Ratings for Ford Focus goes thus: 9.0 critics rating; 8.2 in performance; 7.4 in interior; 9.1 in total cost of ownership; 9.5 in safety; 8.0 in reliability and 8.6 overall.
Ford Will No Longer Build Focus
As Ford gradually transitions to an all-electric operation, Focus joins the league of Ford cars that will no longer be manufactured. The American automotive company has set a target of 2030 to reach an all-electric production and is doing everything to achieve the goal on time. To focus their efforts on the hybrids and electric cars being built, Ford has stopped the production of many of its petrol and diesel cars. The cars will still be available at various local dealers around the world, but the company would not manufacture more once the current unit is exhausted.