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2016 Ford Focus

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$7,921 — $17,057 USED
5 Seats
31 MPG
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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
2016 Ford Focus exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Ford Focus
  • 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

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Our Take

from the expert editorial team

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

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.'s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

2016 Ford Focus Overview

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Vehicle Overview

The 2016 Ford Focus serves as Ford's entry in the compact class, and it's available with either a sedan or hatchb... Read More

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

123 reviews — Read All reviews
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Newest Car I've ever owned

by MommaBear from Fort Wayne, IN on January 8, 2019

This car meets all my standards & beats my expectations. I've never owned a car with as many bells & whistles as my 2016 Ford Focus. I have a family of 5 and I thought at first it might be to small bc ... Read full review


Most reliable car i've owned

by jesstk from ithaca new york on January 3, 2019

i love my new ford focus. i bought a 2016 with 35,000 miles on it and it is the safest and most reliable car ive ever driven. im very satisfied. Read full review


Recalls and crash tests


The 2016 Ford Focus currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Ford Focus S

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

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

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Right Leg/Foot
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Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
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Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Lower Leg/Foot
Overall Evaluation
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
Structure and Safety Cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.


New car and certified pre-owned programs 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

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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.*

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* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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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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