2016 Ford Focus

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Key specs

Base trim shown


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Combined MPG


Seating capacity

178.5” x 57.7”


Front-wheel drive



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

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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
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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 4.4
  • Interior 4.5
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value 4.3
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.3
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Most recent consumer reviews


Love My Focus!!!

I love my 2016 Ford Focus Titanium, I love how it looks sporty and gets up to speed pretty quickly.it’s very comfortable to ride in. Reliable and trustworthy! Great little car with all the bells and whistles!


Nice small car.

Great little car that's great on gas. If you're going to drive it in the winter I would recommend snow tires. The only reason I would not recommend it is because they have had issues with their automatic transmissions. Mine was acting up so I took it to the dealer. So far, so good. No current issues with it.


Do your research

I have had a lot of trouble with this vehicle. Ending with a blown transmission due to a issue ford new about when it was put on the market. I am disappointed.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Blue
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Fords and many non-Ford vehicles up to 10 years old with less than 150,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty
Dealer certification required
139-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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