Ford didn't do a big overhaul on the 2018 Focus. It is still the same good, reliable, fuel-efficient, compact car and it's available in a good variety of models and trim levels. If you want a compact car, you are sure to find a Focus that you like. There is one trim level that has gotten a couple of impressive upgrades for 2018 and for good reason. Find out what you need to know about the 2018 Focus before you begin shopping for a new compact car.
How many 2018 Focus models and trim levels are there?
Ford is offering the 2018 Focus in six different models: Coupe, Electric, Hatchback, Sedan, SVT, and Wagon. They are also offering 25 different trims, including S, SE, SEL, Titanium, ST, and RS.
Is there a sporty 2018 Ford Focus model?
If you're looking for race-track type performance, you'll love the Focus ST and RS models. The ST has a 2-L turbo-4 engine that produces 240 hp and goes from 0 to 60 mph in about six seconds. It is a front-wheel drive car with a six-speed manual transmission.
The Focus RS has a 2.3-L turbo-4 engine that produces 350 hp. It is an all-wheel-drive car with a six-speed manual transmission and features like Track and Drift modes, an adjustable sport suspension, a sport exhaust and stability control. This will be the last year that Ford makes the Focus RS, by the way. To give the RS a proper send-off, Ford is offering to dress it in Race Red with a black, glossy roof, mirrors and spoiler in a limited edition. You can still get it in Nitrous Blue, though, if you prefer. Ford is only going to make 1,000 Focus RS models available in the US, so get your order in soon. They're going to make 500 of them for Canada.
How affordable is the 2018 Focus?
Well, that depends on the model and trim level you want. Base price ranges all the way from $17,860 for the S Sedan to $44,655 for the Focus RS. The SEL Sedan starts out at $21,775, and the Titanium model is $24,175.
Is the 2018 Ford Focus fuel efficient?
The new Focus is extremely fuel efficient, especially the Electric model. It gets 107 MPGe. The three-cylinder gas-powered engines get 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway when the car has a six-speed manual transmission. If you get an automatic transmission, those numbers drop to 27 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.
The four-cylinder engine gets 26 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway when you get the six-speed automatic transmission. If you get the five-speed manual, it only gets 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. You can also get a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with the four-cylinder engine, in which case you can expect to get 26 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.
The Focus ST gets 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The RS gets only 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
Does the 2018 Focus come with an infotainment system?
Ford equips the 2018 Focus models with their SYNC Enhanced Voice Recognition Communications and Entertainment system. The lower-priced models and trim levels come with an AM/FM radio and CD player, MP3 capability and four speakers standard. The more expensive models and trim levels get an 8" LCD capacitive touchscreen with swipe capability, SiriusXM Radio/HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and ten speakers. They all come with two smart-charging USB ports.
Is there room for five people in the new Focus?
Technically, yes. The three people in the back seat are going to be cramped, though, unless they are smaller than average.
How safe is the 2018 Ford Focus?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2018 Ford Focus five stars for overall safety. That's the highest possible score. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) hasn't published crash test results for the 2018 Focus. However, they gave the 2017 Focus a Good rating for all crash tests except the small overlap front. It did get an Acceptable rating on that test, though.