2018 Ford Focus

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$17,950

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2018 Ford Focus
2018 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 performance

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2018 Ford Focus trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Sedan and four-door hatchback body styles
  • Manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • Turbo three-cylinder engine option
  • Sync 3 multimedia system available
  • Performance-oriented ST and RS versions

2018 Ford Focus review: Our expert's take


What it is: The Focus serves as Ford's entry in the compact car class; it's available in sedan and hatchback body styles. Most models come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, but the SE sedan offers a turbocharged three-cylinder engine. Competitors include the Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla.


The hatchback is also sold as the Focus Electric, which is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section, and as the sporty ST and performance RS.


There are no significant changes.

Focus ST
The Focus ST is a sportier version of the hatchback. Power comes from a 252-horsepower, 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 grille
  • Sport suspension with firmer shocks and springs
  • Available Recaro sport seats

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

1.7

Read Before You Buy These Lemons

I bought a 2018 Ford Focus sedan brand new off the lot in 2018. DO NOT BUY these cars have a faulty transmission. This car is not even 4 years old and has had the clutch replaced 5 times!! Also replaced cv joints and then something else in the transmission. I was looking for a brand new car so I didn’t have to worry about fixing it all the time but ended up working on it more than my car that’s over 10 years old. I talked to a lawyer and he said 90 percent of his law firm’s income is from lawsuits against Ford for the 18-19 Focus and Fiesta’s so it’s a VERY common problem with this make/model. I don’t understand why they haven’t just recalled them. Also, if you do buy a focus or fiesta, make sure you have an outstanding warranty that covers all transmission problems. And another thing, the car is super cramped with no space for anything. No leg room. The trunk is tiny too. My baby stroller took up the entire trunk making it hard for groceries etc. My baby’s car seat was almost touching the front seat. It felt very unsafe if we were to have an accident

5.0

Great service

purchased a used 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport with a lot of options and under 15k miles. I'm a big guy, 6'3" and big-boned, with two younger children that require car seats. There is still some room behind me with the seat backed up all of the way. The features and smart key

5.0

Enjoying every bit of it!

It is very comfortable. We are from Rawlins and the 4 1/2 hr long drive back was fun. Smooth car handled great. Love the heated seats and the sportiness of it.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Gold
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
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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