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2016 Ford Focus RS

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$25,970 — $37,258 USED
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Hatchback
5 Seats
22 MPG
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Vehicle Overview

The onetime top-selling car in the world will also now be among the fastest. The first U.S. offering of the Ford Focus RS arrives with a vengeance — boasting a 4.7-second zero-to-62-mph sprint and top speed of 165 mph. Those specs come courtesy of the performance-oriented RS' 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, which cranks out 350 horsepower and as many pounds-feet of torque, channeled through the Ford Performance all-wheel-drive system and unleashed with the help of launch-control technology.

The Focus will be the first RS model to feature launch control, Ford said. "The driver selects launch control from the cluster menu, engages first gear, applies full throttle and releases the clutch," the automaker explained in a statement. "The system then delivers optimum drive — including distributing torque through the all-wheel-drive system, maintaining maximum torque using the turbo overboost function, managing traction control and setting the dampers."

A light in the instrument cluster alerts the driver of the best time to upshift, and flashes a warning if the engine hits max rpm. Four driver-selectable modes — Normal, Sport, Track and Drift — elicit different performance responses and exhaust notes for different milieus, from the road to the track.

The RS' EcoBoost engine is based on the one in the Mustang. The fastest Focus is roughly a second slower to 60 mph than the current fastest-estimated Mustang, the naturally aspirat...

Vehicle Overview

The onetime top-selling car in the world will also now be among the fastest. The first U.S. offering of the Ford Focus RS arrives with a vengeance — boasting a 4.7-second zero-to-62-mph sprint and top speed of 165 mph. Those specs come courtesy of the performance-oriented RS' 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, which cranks out 350 horsepower and as many pounds-feet of torque, channeled through the Ford Performance all-wheel-drive system and unleashed with the help of launch-control technology.

The Focus will be the first RS model to feature launch control, Ford said. "The driver selects launch control from the cluster menu, engages first gear, applies full throttle and releases the clutch," the automaker explained in a statement. "The system then delivers optimum drive — including distributing torque through the all-wheel-drive system, maintaining maximum torque using the turbo overboost function, managing traction control and setting the dampers."

A light in the instrument cluster alerts the driver of the best time to upshift, and flashes a warning if the engine hits max rpm. Four driver-selectable modes — Normal, Sport, Track and Drift — elicit different performance responses and exhaust notes for different milieus, from the road to the track.

The RS' EcoBoost engine is based on the one in the Mustang. The fastest Focus is roughly a second slower to 60 mph than the current fastest-estimated Mustang, the naturally aspirated 2016 Shelby GT350R; then again, it's also roughly $12,000 cheaper at a starting price of around $37,000.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
14 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.0)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

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(5.0)

Catch me in the Hatchback

by Jay Jeraude from Charlotte, NC on July 3, 2018

Great on gas, stylish, affordable, low mileage, great quality... I am thoroughly impressed! I have gotten many compliments so far and all reviews have been great! Read full review

(5.0)

Best Hot Hatch

by Tom K. from Danville, Virginia on June 26, 2018

Best performance value available. WORLD CLASS. You owe it to yourself to check it out before buying any other performance car. The handling and acceleration are awesome. All the BEST stuff: Recaros, ... Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

The 2016 Ford Focus RS currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Warranty

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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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 RS 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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