2016 Ford Focus

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Ford Focus. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of 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

2016 Ford Focus Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The 2016 Ford Focus serves as Ford's entry in the compact class, and it's available with either a sedan or hatchback bodystyle. It is also sold as a higher performance RS version


(Skip to details on the: Ford Focus ST)

New for 2016
The 2016 Ford Focus is now available with Ford's updated Sync 3 multimedia system. An automatic transmission is now available with the 1.0-liter engine, and there are new paint and wheel combinations.

Significant Standard Features

  • 160-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 15-inch wheels
  • Air conditioning
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Tilt/telescope steering wheel
  • Split-folding rear seat
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Knee airbag

Significant Available Features

  • 159-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • 123-hp, 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine
  • Five- or six-speed manual transmission
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • 16-inch wheels
  • 17-inch wheels
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Sync 3 infotainment system
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Power moonroof
  • Cruise control
  • Navigation system
  • Fog lamps
  • Rear reverse sensing system
  • Automated reverse sensing system
  • Heated front seats
  • Power driver's seat
  • Leather upholstery

Focus ST

The Focus ST is Ford's performance-oriented version of the Focus hatchback. For 2016, Ford has made the updated Sync 3 availab...

Vehicle Overview

The 2016 Ford Focus serves as Ford's entry in the compact class, and it's available with either a sedan or hatchback bodystyle. It is also sold as a higher performance RS version


(Skip to details on the: Ford Focus ST)

New for 2016
The 2016 Ford Focus is now available with Ford's updated Sync 3 multimedia system. An automatic transmission is now available with the 1.0-liter engine, and there are new paint and wheel combinations.

Significant Standard Features

  • 160-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 15-inch wheels
  • Air conditioning
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Tilt/telescope steering wheel
  • Split-folding rear seat
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Knee airbag

Significant Available Features

  • 159-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • 123-hp, 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine
  • Five- or six-speed manual transmission
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • 16-inch wheels
  • 17-inch wheels
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Sync 3 infotainment system
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Power moonroof
  • Cruise control
  • Navigation system
  • Fog lamps
  • Rear reverse sensing system
  • Automated reverse sensing system
  • Heated front seats
  • Power driver's seat
  • Leather upholstery

Focus ST

The Focus ST is Ford's performance-oriented version of the Focus hatchback. For 2016, Ford has made the updated Sync 3 available and also added two new available paint colors. Power comes from a 252-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 270 pounds-feet of torque. A six-speed manual is the only transmission offered.

What's Special

  • 18-inch alloy wheels with summer tires
  • Honeycomb front grille
  • Reworked suspension with updated shocks and springs
  • Available Recaro sport seats

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Latest 2016 Focus Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(1.0)

Worst car I ever owned

by HHough I hate fords from Palm coast fl on October 14, 2018

The car it self is a piece of crap problems with the transmission and you take to dealer they tell you it falls into fords specs a load of crap Read full review

(4.0)

Good mpg, quick, sharp.

by RyanV13 from Paxinos, Pa on October 11, 2018

Overall B+, nice design on exterior and interior, handles well, fast but could be faster. Decent factory sound system but needs a sync 3 upgrade. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Ford Focus currently has 3 recalls

IIHS 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
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

C

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.
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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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