Hatchback: 2014 Ford Focus

Great-handling Euro-style hatchback and sedan with impressive feature specs; new sportier look for SE models, turbocharged ST a sure-footed hot hatch

With everything from voice-activated navigation, to voice-to-text capability, to self-parking, the Ford Focus is a technology-packed vehicle, blending the nimbleness of a small car with the feature load of a big one. It’s been a big hit for its European-style looks, and 2014 sees the popular SE trim getting a little sportier looking with an available appearance package. The turbocharged ST hatchback remains a practical choice for the fast family, with four-doors and a reasonable trunk; under the hood, a 240 hp Ecoboost engine and clever traction control make a sensible small family car into a competitor for the Mustang.

Spec box
Type Four door sedan or hatchback
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Base engine (hp) 2.0L four-cylinder (160 hp)
Optional engine(s) (hp) 2.0L turbo four-cylinder (252 hp)
Transmission(s) Six-speed automatic; six-speed manual
Fuel economy (L/100km, city/highway) 7.8/5.5
Basic Warranty 36 months/60,000 km

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