2016 Ford Focus Review Apr 8, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
With the option of a sedan or hatchback, the 2016 Ford Focus offers a configuration for nearly everyone looking for a small vehicle. The Focus is incredibly affordable and gives great fuel economy, even if you don’t choose the electric version. The interior is attractive and quiet, and a broad range of optional features ensures that you can make the Focus as luxurious as you want. Let’s take a deeper look at the advantages and disadvantages of the Ford Focus.
Taking Advantage of Efficiency
The 2016 Focus is ideal for drivers who want to maximize their fuel efficiency, giving you 26 mpg in the city and 36 on the highway for non-electric models. The base 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine puts you in control of a reasonable 160 horsepower and a torque of 146 pound-feet. For the 2016 model year, there is a new 1.0-liter EcoBoost 3-cylinder engine that generates 123 horsepower and 148 pound-feet and lets you enjoy a truly impressive 35 mpg combined, 30 mpg city and 42 mpg highway with the manual transmission, or 32 mpg combined with an automatic. The only downside of these highly efficient engines is that they don’t provide much excitement. That being said, they will give you enough power for daily errands and your commute. Going with the optional 5-speed manual transmission creates a sportier feel, but isn’t for everyone. The Ford Focus handles well in all configurations, always feeling secure and stable.
If you have charging options nearby or a shorter daily commute, then the Ford Focus Electric takes efficiency to another level. It pairs a 23-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack with a 107-kilowatt/143-horsepower electric drive motor. This means you can drive about 76 miles without charging and take advantage of 110 city/99 highway MPGe. For the price, the Focus is among the best electric vehicles, giving you quick acceleration from a full stop and decent range. Be aware, however, that the handling isn’t incredibly sharp, and the acceleration doesn’t feel as snappy at higher speeds.
Something for Everyone
One of the big draws of the 2016 Focus is that there is a configuration for everyone. Each of the three main trim levels is available as a sedan or four-door hatchback, letting you choose either body style as a Focus S, Focus SE, or Focus Titanium. Those who want more performance will enjoy the Focus RS and Focus ST. These models significantly improve performance and add sporty stylings such as Recaro heated seats in front in the ST and unique fog lamps, rear spoiler, front grille and fascia, scuff plates, and more in the RS.
While the base model lacks the raw power of a larger vehicle, the available features and styles, impressive fuel efficiency, and decent handlings makes the Ford Focus an attractive choice for a small car excellent for your daily drive.