2016 Ford Focus Electric

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Ford Focus Electric. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Based on capable gas car
  • Zero tailpipe emissions
  • Eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit
  • Rapid charging times (240 volts)
  • Off-peak charging capability

The Bad

  • No gasoline backup
  • Battery pack significantly limits cargo room
  • Range varies with temperature, terrain
  • May require home electrical upgrade for quickest charging

Notable Features of the 2016 Ford Focus Electric

  • All-electric version of Focus compact
  • Four-door hatchback body style
  • Range up to 76 miles
  • Full charge in as little as 3.5 hours
  • Navigation system standard

2016 Ford Focus Electric Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The 2016 Ford Focus Electric serves as an all-electric version of Ford's Focus compact car. It's available at 900 Ford dealerships across North America.

New for 2016
The 2016 Ford Focus Electric receives Ford's updated Sync 3 infotainment system as standard along with a few new paint colors. Also now standard are Ford's MyKey programmable key, a rearview camera, a leather-wrapped parking brake handle, auto-locking doors, rear disc brakes, hill-start assist, a perimeter alarm and a high-definition radio. There's also a Smart Charging system that uses 2-amp USB ports and the addition of Ford's My Mobile app, which allows drivers to control certain vehicle functions remotely via their smartphone.

Significant Standard Features

  • 143-hp electric motor
  • One-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 17-inch wheels
  • Air conditioning
  • Rearview camera
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Cruise control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Tilt/telescope steering wheel
  • Navigation system
  • Heated front seats
  • Ford MyKey programmable key
  • 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

  • Power driver's seat
  • Leather upholstry
Vehicle Overview

The 2016 Ford Focus Electric serves as an all-electric version of Ford's Focus compact car. It's available at 900 Ford dealerships across North America.

New for 2016
The 2016 Ford Focus Electric receives Ford's updated Sync 3 infotainment system as standard along with a few new paint colors. Also now standard are Ford's MyKey programmable key, a rearview camera, a leather-wrapped parking brake handle, auto-locking doors, rear disc brakes, hill-start assist, a perimeter alarm and a high-definition radio. There's also a Smart Charging system that uses 2-amp USB ports and the addition of Ford's My Mobile app, which allows drivers to control certain vehicle functions remotely via their smartphone.

Significant Standard Features

  • 143-hp electric motor
  • One-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 17-inch wheels
  • Air conditioning
  • Rearview camera
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Cruise control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Tilt/telescope steering wheel
  • Navigation system
  • Heated front seats
  • Ford MyKey programmable key
  • 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

  • Power driver's seat
  • Leather upholstry

Latest 2016 Focus Electric Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great around the town car

by BenD from San Diego on February 11, 2018

Peppy little car. Fun to drive around the town. Plenty of leg room for me 6 ' 4" and 280 lbs, but a bit of a twist to get into. Would not recommend for anyone commuting to work over 25 miles each way.... Read full review

(5.0)

Love my Focus Electric!

by lcc2526 from 06053 on July 17, 2017

This car is perfect for me! I drive 4 miles each way to and from work and I charge the car once a week. I get roughly 90-95 miles per charge!! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Ford Focus Electric currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Ford Focus Electric has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Ford

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement up to $30 per day, full tank of gas, vehicle history report, new wiper blades and fresh oil and filter

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years from original new vehicle warranty start date or 100,000 miles. Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12- month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty. See dealer for details. $100 deductible per visit.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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 Electric received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

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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