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2018 Ford Focus RS

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$34,141 — $46,389 NEW and USED
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Hatchback
5 Seats
22 MPG
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Overview

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(5.0) 1 reviews

The Good

  • Engine responsiveness
  • All-wheel-drive performance
  • Variable exhaust system can be quiet or loud
  • Excellent steering feel
  • Exterior styling sets it apart from regular Focus
  • Drive modes well-differentiated

The Bad

  • Low-budget interior
  • No rear vents or charging ports
  • Skittish ride even in most comfortable mode
  • No cupholders in backseat
  • Lack of active safety features
2018 Ford Focus RS exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 Ford Focus RS
  • 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine
  • 350 hp, 350 pounds-feet of torque
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • New Limited Edition version
  • Giant rear spoiler and diffuser
  • Optional Recaro sport seats

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What it is: The high-performance Ford Focus RS is the top performance version of Ford's compact car. Offered only as a four-door hatchback, the Focus RS is powered by a 350-horsepower, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that drives all four wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.

The result is a zero-to-62-mph time of as little as 4.7 seconds, according to Ford. Competitors include the Volkswagen Golf R, Subaru WRX STI and Honda Civic Type R.

New for 2018

A limited-edition Focus RS features design, comfort and performance updates, including gloss-black mirror caps, a gloss-black roof spoiler with blue RS logos, 19-inch forged-alloy wheels, carbon-fiber cabin trim, leather-trimmed heated Recaro front seats, a heated steering wheel, navigation and a front limited-slip differential. Race Red is a new color for this model, which will be limited to 1,000 copies in the U.S.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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I like the car

by Masblk from Oxon Hill, Md on January 5, 2018

I thought it was a great success. I really like the car. I would come back again. I a Really excited Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Ford Focus RS currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Ford Focus RS has not been tested.

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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