From the outset, the 2018 Ford Focus has been a small, sharp, and compact sedan. With bright colored paint choices and a sporty exterior, the Focus is arguably considered one of the premier vehicles in the Ford cars lineup. Even so, the 2018 model could use a redesign. For the new model year, the only changes made have been the additional paint options mentioned above. However, this Ford is still impressive in its own right.
In terms of performance, the Ford Focus delivers both a hit and a miss. With a base 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder engine, the Focus boasts 160 horsepower, 146 lb-ft of torque, and an estimated gas mileage of 25/34 mpg. A turbocharged 1.0 liter, 3-cylinder engine comes optional on the Focus’s SE trim, but fails to impress with a maximum horsepower of only 123.
While the performance of the Focus is still under scrutiny from many car enthusiasts, one perk of the 2018 Ford Focus is undeniable. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2018 Focus sedan and hatchback trims both have earned the highest safety rating possible, with 5-stars across the board.
When it comes to technology, the bare bones Focus S sedan trim provides lackluster base features. The Sync infotainment system comes standard on a 4.2-inch display screen, and the center console provides a USB port. However, the upgraded infotainment system provides an 8-inch touchscreen display, HD radio and Sirius XM, and optional navigation. Every trim of the 2018 model year comes standard with keyless entry and automatic headlights, with every further trim building upon these two key features.
The Focus provides a small amount of space in comparison to its rivals. This could either be a huge advantage or a large drawback depending on how you plan to use the vehicle. While roomy in the front of the cab, the backseat provides less space than that of several direct competitors.
While the perks of the 2018 Focus are underwhelming for some, it is still a solid option for a safe and functional vehicle. Although this 2018 Focus may look like a fancy, sporty car, its price tag is easy on the wallet with a starting MSRP of $17,860. As more models become available, we can only hope that Ford not only upgrades the Focus, but returns it to its spot at the top of the Ford cars leaderboard as well. See our complete list of 2018 Ford Reviews here.