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


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


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


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


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.