2016 Ford Focus

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$17,225

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2016 Ford Focus
2016 Ford Focus

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Attractive styling
  • Fuel economy
  • Advanced electronic safety systems
  • Handling

The bad:

  • Tight interior space
  • Options get pricey
  • Visibility not the greatest
  • Automatic transmission preformance

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2016 Ford Focus trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Sedan and four-door hatchback
  • Manual or dual-clutch automatic transmissions
  • Turbo three-cylinder engine option
  • New Sync 3 multimedia system
  • Automatic transmission available with three-cylinder

2016 Ford Focus review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2016 Ford Focus?

The 2016 Ford Focus is a compact sedan that competes with cars like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Chevrolet Cruze. It comes in three trim levels: S, SE and Titanium. Also available are the Ford Focus ST, Focus RS and Focus Electric – all covered separately on Cars.com.

What's New on the 2016 Ford Focus?

Ford added its Sync 3 multimedia system to the Focus for 2016, keeping its tech up to date with Ford's other vehicles. The 2016 Ford Focus also comes with new paint and wheel combinations for those looking to customize their compact car. An automatic transmission is now available with the Focus' optional 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine.

How Does the 2016 Ford Focus Compare to Other Compact Sedans?

The Ford Focus starts at a slightly lower price than the Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic and boasts a more refined powertrain that many of its compact sedan competitors. The Focus has better interior design than the best-selling Corolla and Civic, but its cramped interior is uncomfortable for some drivers.

What Features in the 2016 Ford Focus Are Most Important?

The Focus' standard engine is a 160-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a five-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive. Other engine options include a 159-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 123-hp, 1.0-liter three-cylinder. Six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions are available on some trim levels.

The Focus comes standard with 15-inch wheels and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, as well as air conditioning, remote keyless entry, and a split-folding rear seat. Front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system (required in all new cars) are standard, as are side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags and a knee airbag.

Available safety features include fog lamps and a reverse sensing system. Available tech includes Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system, navigation, cruise control and automatic temperature control. In the cabin, drivers can opt for heated front seats, a power driver's seat, leather upholstery and a power moonroof. On the outside, drivers can add available 16-, 17- or 18-inch wheels, heated side mirrors and a rear spoiler.

Should I Buy the 2016 Ford Focus?

The 2016 Ford Focus handles well, gets great gas mileage and boasts advanced electronic safety systems. The tight interior space is noticeable, however, and outward visibility isn't great, either. Those who opt for the automatic transmission may be disappointed by less-than-stellar performance. Moving up trim levels of the 2016 Focus can get pricey, and the features those trims bring don't always justify the bigger price tag.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews

3.4

Always something wrong

I’ve only owned Ford focuses my entire life, and every single model always has something wrong. The current one I have is a 2016 and the transmission blew in 2020. Cost $1400 to fix, even though there was an open law suit Ford would not compensate for damages. Now there’s recalls on the purge valve and the welding. Every Ford car I’ve had has had transmission issues as well. Time for me to trade in after $1000 in repairs in 2021.

5.0

Not bad for the short time I've owned it

Took the vehicle over with a few problems gonna get them fixed the car deserves that gas mileage is great almost 40 mpg ,comfortable ,great design , nice audio system ac/heat work great wish it had a moon roof to open

5.0

Great car

This car is great on gas has the hp to get up quickly. Comfortable inside plenty of room love the car is all I need to say

See all 190 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Gold
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Gold Certified: Ford models up to 6 years old with less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12-Month/12,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Blue Certified: 90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Powertrain
7-Year/100,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Powertrain Limited Warranty Blue Certified: Available Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Dealer certification required
Certified 172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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