2013 Ford Focus

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Ford Focus base trim shown

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    30-31 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    160-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Styling
  • Handling
  • Braking
  • High-rev power
  • Interior quality
  • Low noise levels

The Bad

  • Modest interior room
  • Forward visibility
  • Added cost for 40 mpg
  • Off-the-line acceleration
  • Sync, MyFord Touch
2013 Ford Focus exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2013 Ford Focus

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 hat...

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.

(Skip to details on the: Focus ST)
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


Latest 2013 Focus Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(3.5)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.0)
Reliability
(3.4)
Value For The Money
(3.7)

Latest Reviews

(2.0)

Will never buy a Ford again

by trekkie44 on April 6, 2018

I have had my car since 2014, worst car I have ever owned , I have had nothing but problems with the Focus even problems dealership has never heard or seen before! I would tell anyone to stay away ... Read full review

(4.0)

Fun focus

by Dallasfan from newport news on March 31, 2018

Just bought it but it is afun car to drive . Has a bit of a stutter when taking off but other than that it is a great little car Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Ford Focus currently has 7 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Ford Focus S

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Ford

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement up to $30 per day, full tank of gas, vehicle history report, new wiper blades and fresh oil and filter

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years from original new vehicle warranty start date or 100,000 miles. Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12- month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty. See dealer for details. $100 deductible per visit.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Focus received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker