The 2012 Focus, with the Super Fuel Economy Package and six-speed automatic transmission, will achieve 28 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, the EPA said. That version of the Focus stacks up well against the Toyota Corolla (26/34 mpg) and Chevrolet Cruze Eco with an automatic transmission (26/37 mpg). All versions of the 2011 Hyundai Elantra gets 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, and the 2012 Honda Civic gets a maximum 41 mpg highway rating with its High Fuel economy package. When you take in the whole picture, Ford’s figures are close to the top of the class, but there is a caveat: These figures only apply to the SFE Package.
The SFE Package comes with 16-inch steel wheels with aero wheel covers, an active grille shutter, high-efficiency tires and a rear spoiler. The big potential safety difference between the SE and the SE with SFE are the four-wheel-disc brakes that come with the package. The regular SE comes with front disc/rear drum with antilock brakes; drums tend to be less effective compared with disc brakes. The SFE Package costs an additional $495.
The SFE Package can only be paired with SE-trimmed vehicles or higher (minimum MSRP of $18,860). As for fuel-economy figures without the special equipment or with the five-speed manual transmission, they’re not available yet.
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The 2012 Ford Focus goes on sale this spring, with a starting price of $16,270.