179 reviews
2012 Ford Focus
2012 Ford Focus
Available Price Range $5,694-$12,834 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 31-32 SeatsN/A

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


Our Expert Reviews

Ford has significantly upped the ante in the compact-car segment with its redesigned 2012 Focus, which has taken a giant leap in terms of looks and quality. When test-driving the 2012 Focus hatchback, I felt like I had two personalities, "College Sara" and "Family Sara." College Sara liked its updated, racy looks with its large grille and swoopy taillights, but it wasn't quick enough fro... Read full review for the 2012 Ford Focus

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Consumer Reviews


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Only car worth trading in my Acadia for

by Happy Driver from Texas on June 26, 2011

I was looking to downsize from my Acadia for my daily commute. Didn't think I would find a "car" that I would actually like, until I saw the 2012 Ford Focus. I purchased the SEL hatchback with Sync an... Read Full Review


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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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