2014 Ford Focus

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Key Specs

of the 2014 Ford Focus. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    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

Notable Features of the 2014 Ford Focus

  • High-performance Focus ST
  • Sedan and four-door hatchback styles
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Highway mpg as high as 40
  • Self-parking option

2014 Ford Focus Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Sedan and hatchback body styles of the Ford Focus are available, and the five-seat car competes in a crowded class that includes the Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda3, Subaru Impreza and Toyota Corolla. A high-performance, turbocharged version of the car dubbed Focus ST is also offered.
(Skip to details on the: Focus ST)
New for 2014
A Sport Appearance Package for the Focus SE trim level includes sport cloth seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and an available rear spoiler. 
Exterior Highlights

  • Four-door sedan and hatchback body styles
  • Standard 15-inch steel rims; optional 16-, 17- and 18-inch wheels
  • Optional rear spoiler
  • Optional moonroof

Interior Highlights

  • Standard cloth upholstery; optional leather upholstery in higher trim levels
  • Optional heated front seats
  • Standard one-piece folding backseat; 60/40-split version optional
  • Optional remote start
  • Optional backup camera
  • Optional MyFord Touch and Sync multimedia system
  • Optional self-parking system

Under the Hood

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 160 horsepower and 146 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Engine runs on regular gas
  • Front-wheel drive

Safety Features

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

Focus ST

Ford added the high-performance Focus ST to its car lineup last year. It's powered by a 252-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four...

Vehicle Overview

Sedan and hatchback body styles of the Ford Focus are available, and the five-seat car competes in a crowded class that includes the Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda3, Subaru Impreza and Toyota Corolla. A high-performance, turbocharged version of the car dubbed Focus ST is also offered.
(Skip to details on the: Focus ST)
New for 2014
A Sport Appearance Package for the Focus SE trim level includes sport cloth seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and an available rear spoiler. 
Exterior Highlights

  • Four-door sedan and hatchback body styles
  • Standard 15-inch steel rims; optional 16-, 17- and 18-inch wheels
  • Optional rear spoiler
  • Optional moonroof

Interior Highlights

  • Standard cloth upholstery; optional leather upholstery in higher trim levels
  • Optional heated front seats
  • Standard one-piece folding backseat; 60/40-split version optional
  • Optional remote start
  • Optional backup camera
  • Optional MyFord Touch and Sync multimedia system
  • Optional self-parking system

Under the Hood

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 160 horsepower and 146 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Engine runs on regular gas
  • Front-wheel drive

Safety Features

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

Focus ST

Ford added the high-performance Focus ST to its car lineup last year. 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.

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Honeycomb front grille
  • Reworked suspension with upgraded shock absorbers and springs
  • Stability system has three modes to choose from, including an intermediate setting that turns traction control off and intrudes only when absolutely necessary
  • Available Recaro sport seats

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2014 Focus Video

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(3.9)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(3.9)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most reliable car i?ve Owned

by UM fan from Jackson MI on October 20, 2018

Meets all my needs! Great gas mileage. Clutch may do some shuttering but not a big issue. Smooth ride and performance and roomy and comfy. Read full review

(5.0)

Looking for new cars. Test drive this one.

by Dr00ms from West Chester pa on October 20, 2018

It was a really good car. Perfect exterior, a few stains inside on the seats but nothing major. Other then that I had no complaints. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 Ford Focus currently has 7 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 Ford Focus S

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

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
acceptable
Retraints and dummy kinematics
acceptable
Structure and safety cage
marginal

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
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
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

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
acceptable
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Ford
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 years old/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

B

Booster

(second row)

A

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

B
* 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.

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