Flash Drive —2012 Ford Focus

By Bruce Caldwell

Model Tested: Ford Focus Titanium 4-Door Sedan

Engine: 2.0-liter DOHC I4, 160 hp, 146 lb/ft

Transmission: 6-speed automatic, front wheel drive

EPA Ratings: 27-mpg city/37-mpg highway

Base Price: $22,270

As Tested: $25,480

Performance: 

Excellent ride and handling
Peppy acceleration
Fun to drive
Impressive fuel economy

Comfort: 

Excellent front seat legroom
Ample interior storage
Tight backseat for tall passengers
Great contoured steering wheel with tilt/telescopic
Comfy, supportive seats
Excellent sound system

Utility: 

Big trunk
Flat floor
Ample power points, device inputs

Wow Factors: 

Loaded with high-tech features (MyFord Touch)
6-speed automatic
Sharp, crisp styling
Rear parking aid sensor
Rain sensitive wipers

Whines: 

Tight backseat
Large trunk speaker uses valuable cargo space
Folding rear seats don’t fold completely flat

Bottom Line: The redesigned 2012 Ford Focus represents a substantial upgrade from the previous excellent platform. It’s bigger and better with a wide array of features and options that make it seem more like an intermediate than a compact.