• (3.5) 184 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $5,301–$13,509
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 30-31
  • Engine: 160-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual w/OD
2013 Ford Focus

Our Take on the Latest Model 2013 Ford Focus

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • New high-performance Focus ST
  • 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

2013 Ford Focus Reviews

Vehicle Overview

Until last year the compact Ford Focus had been sold in the U.S. since 2000 with no significant redesigns, but then it was fully re-engineered and redesigned and now shares its foundation— not just its name — with Focus models sold overseas. With this change comes a substantial quality improvement. Sedan and hatchback body styles are offered and the five-seat Focus competes in a crowded class that includes the Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda3, Subaru Impreza and Toyota Corolla.
New for 2013
A manual transmission is newly available for the Focus' top-of-the-line Titanium trim level and the high-performance turbocharged Focus ST hatchback joins the lineup.

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Exterior
The Focus is an exceptionally stylish vehicle in this historically conservative class. It offers body-colored door handles and side mirrors with integrated turn signals. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 15-inch steel rims
  • Optional 17- and 18-inch wheels
  • Optional rear spoiler
  • Optional moonroof

Interior
The Focus' interior size compares to the Civic and Corolla, with less backseat room than the Cruze. The Focus' interior quality is notably higher than its predecessor, with standard cloth and, in higher trim levels, optional leather upholstery. Heated front seats are also optional.

A one-piece folding bench backseat is standard, and a 60/40-split version is optional. The sedan's trunk measures 13.2 cubic feet. The hatchback offers 23.8 cubic feet behind the backseat and a total of 44.8 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded flat. Interior features include:

  • Optional remote start
  • Optional backup camera
  • Optional MyFord Touch and Sync multimedia system
  • Optional park assist

Under the Hood
The Focus is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that teams with a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic, which uses a fast-acting dual-clutch design. (It has no clutch pedal and operates as an automatic from the driver's perspective.)

The Focus is rated as high as 38 mpg on the highway with the automatic and 36 mpg with the manual. The best efficiency comes with the Super Fuel Economy Package, which delivers 40 mpg highway with the automatic.

The Focus offers two suspension tunings, tied to wheel size. The base covers all wheel sizes from 15 to 17 inches. The Titanium's optional 18-inchers come with a firmer, sportier suspension. Mechanical features include:

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes 160 horsepower
  • Engine runs on regular gas
  • Front-wheel drive

Safety
The Focus marks the debut of new airbag technology that Ford says will better protect against chest and rib injuries. Both the shape and a new variable venting feature attempt to tailor airbag deployment to suit the occupant's position. Additional safety features include:

  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Traction control

Focus ST
Ever since the North American and European Focus coalesced into the same uniform model for 2012, American sport enthusiasts have been anticipating a replacement for the SVT version, the high-performance Focus model that was killed nearly a decade ago.

The faithful can get what they wanted for 2013 as Ford adds the high-performance Focus ST. It's powered by a 252-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 270 pounds-feet of torque. A six-speed manual is the only available transmission.

Additional mechanical changes include a reworked suspension with upgraded shock absorbers and springs. Overall, the sport-tuned suspension offers less ground clearance but better cornering abilities, Ford says.

The electronic stability system and Torque Vectoring Control programming have been revised in the ST, too. The stability system has three modes to choose from, including an intermediate "reduced or wide-slip mode," which turns traction control off and intrudes only when absolutely necessary. Torque Vectoring Control aims to reduce understeer.

Besides all the technical upgrades, the ST also shows off its more aggressive nature inside and out with 18-inch alloy wheels, a honeycomb front grille and available Recaro-brand sport seats. Back to top

Consumer Reviews

(3.5)

Average based on 184 reviews

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Great car for casual driving

by FordFocus Owner from on December 4, 2017

The Ford Focus is a smaller car that gives you an easier sense of how much control you have than something top-heavy. The gas millage has been great and the tech inside is awesome. I like the touch sc... Read Full Review

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2013 Ford Focus Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Ford Focus S

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Ford Focus S

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
A
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Ford Focus S

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Ford Focus S

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 8 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/60,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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