CARS.COM — With its good looks and new Sync 3 multimedia system, there’s a lot to like about the 2016 Ford Focus, but this compact car is not the best choice when it comes to car seats. Forward-facing car seats fit well in the Focus’ cramped backseat, but rear-facing seats need more space. The Focus is available as a sedan or hatchback; we tested a hatchback. Our Car Seat Check results can be applied to both body styles as they have the same interior dimensions.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
What We Like
- The Focus has two sets of lower Latch anchors in the outboard rear seats. The anchors sit just within the seat bight, where the back and bottom cushions meet, and are easy to access and use. Three tether anchors sit midway down the rear seatbacks; they’re clearly marked and easy to use.
- After we removed the head restraint, the forward-facing convertible installed easily.
- We also removed the head restraint when installing our high-back booster seat. This allowed the booster to fit well on the seat. The seat belt buckles are on stable bases, making them easy for kids to use independently.
What We Don’t
- To fit the rear-facing infant seat, we had to move the front passenger seat so far forward that our 5-foot-6 tester’s knees were pushed against the glove box. However, the infant seat installed easily thanks to the accessible Latch anchors.
- While our tester had more legroom with the rear-facing convertible installed behind the front passenger seat, taller passengers are likely to need more space. This seat also installed easily.