(3.7) 219 reviews
MSRP: $5,342$12,546
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 31-32
Engine: 159-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (flexible; E85)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 5-speed manual w/OD
2012 Ford Focus

Our Take on the 2012 Ford Focus

Our Take

The compact Ford Focus has been sold in the U.S. since 2000 with no significant redesigns. For the 2012 model year, the Focus has been fully re-engineered and redesigned and now shares its foundation — not just its name — with Focus models sold overseas. With this change comes a subs... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Modest interior room
  • Forward visibility
  • Added cost for 40 mpg
  • Off-the-line acceleration
  • Delay for sporty ST version
  • Sync, MyFord Touch

Notable Features

  • Fully redesigned for 2012
  • Sedan and four-door hatchback styles
  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Highway mpg as high as 40
  • Self-parking option

7 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.