5 Fast Facts: 2016 Ford Focus
Refreshed last year, the 2016 Ford Focus compact car lineup adds an eagerly-awaited German-built RS turbocharged performance variant. A popular global car, the Focus arrived in the United States in 2000, replacing the Escort. For the 2016 model year, Ford offers more personalization possibilities for the Focus with a couple of new colors, upgraded connectivity, and enriched option packages.
Below are five fast facts about the 2016 Ford Focus to help you research compact cars:
1) The 2016 Ford Focus offers three trim levels: S, SE, and Titanium, plus performance ST and RS variants as well as the Focus Electric. The base S sedan, which seats 5, is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated with a 5-speed manual transmission that pairs to make 160 horsepower and averages a combined EPA rating of 31 mpg. A 6-speed automatic is optional.
2) A 1.0-liter, turbocharged 3-cylinder engine with 6-speed manual or automatic transmission can be optionally selected. Acceleration is slower, but it gets 2 extra mpg in EPA tests. The sporty ST’s turbocharged 2.0-liter engine produces 250 horsepower, while the new RS relies on a turbocharged, 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 350 horsepower. An electric variant also is available.
3) For 2016, advanced driver-assistance systems are optional on most trim levels and include blind-spot detection with cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, and active park assist. A rearview camera is standard on all trims. Infotainment is enhanced with Ford’s next-generation Sync 3 touch-screen interface (on all but S) with improved voice command.
4) For 2016, Shadow Black and Kona Blue exterior paint colors are added to the palette. Also, additions have been made to appearance, technology, and cold weather option packages.
5) The 2016 Focus earns 5 stars (out of 5) in crash tests from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It receives four “Good” and one “Acceptable” rating in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) evaluations.