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How Much Does a Ford Focus Cost?

Ford Focus Prices


The Ford Focus is in a competitive market niche of compact sedans under $20,000 that includes the Honda Civic, Kia Forte, Mazda 3, Volkswagen Golf, Nissan Versa, and another Ford offering, the Fiesta. Next year, the new and improved 2012 Focus is scheduled to be released. If you can hold out until then, your patience will be rewarded with a top-to-bottom redesigned vehicle that very well could move to the top of its class.

That's not to say the 2011 version lacks appeal altogether. The current Focus remains a low-priced, fuel-efficient vehicle with a comfortable ride. Moreover, knowing that a redesign is coming should allow you to have price negotiating power. Dealers will be looking to get these models sold as they will be in less demand in 2012 once the new model arrives.

Ford Focus MSRP

Ford Focus $16, 640

The Focus was previously available as a coupe but that model has been discontinued for 2011. What's left is the four-door sedan available in S, SE, SES, and SEL trim lines. All four are powered by a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine that produces 140 horsepower and 136 pound-feet of torque. This modest engine should get you 24 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. If you stay with the manual transmission, which is standard on the S, SE, and SES, you can bump highway mpg up to 35. A 4-speed automatic is available on all models and standard on the SEL.

The bare-bones Focus S comes with a handful of good features, including power locks, keyless entry, and a CD player. Upgrade to the SE and you get nice add-ons such as 15-inch alloy wheels and satellite radio. The SEL comes loaded with a sport suspension, heated seats and mirrors, and the Ford Sync (which is available by upgrade on the other trim lines). For those not familiar with Sync, it is a revolutionary communications and entertainment system developed by Ford and Microsoft that allows drivers to control devices such as an iPod and Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones with voice commands. For a complete overview, visit the official Sync site.

Standard safety features for the Focus include stability control, antilock brakes, side airbags (front seat only) and side curtain airbags. Parents with teen drivers will be happy to know all Focus models include the MyKey system, which allows the vehicle's speed limit to be set. In overall safety crash-test ratings, the Focus performed above average.

One of the knocks against the Focus is that the interior feels and looks cheap. Another is that Ford did away with telescoping steering, which could make it uncomfortable for tall drivers. These downsides are partially offset by good passenger space and 60/40 split-folding rear seats that expand luggage space significantly. Expect decent acceleration and steering, a smooth, quiet ride, and overall, a reasonably fun driving experience.

Again, if you can hold off until 2012, there is every reason to believe the newest generation of Focus will be worth the wait. On the other hand, you may be able to score exceptional deals on the 2011s while they last. If you choose the latter, you'll get basic, reliable transportation with good fuel economy and the option to add-on some nice extras.

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