Developed on the outskirts of Detroit–for another year or so–and with a well-deserved spot in driveways around the world, the 2018 Ford Focus is as American as apple pie. During its travels, the Focus has gathered many gifts, and it has bestowed them on the American consumer; among them are lithe handling and impressive fuel efficiency. Unfortunately, these gifts come with some compromises. The Focus is outclassed by larger competition that provide more passenger space, larger cargo holds, and more modern features. Still, it’s a simple car to recommend, and its two body styles–hatchback and sedan–offer wide appeal. As well as high-performance ST and RS versions and a plug-in electric model, but we review those models separately.
Only a few changes are made to the Focus for 2018, and the big news is a shuffling of available colors: Blue Candy, Hawaiian Blue, Race Red, and Ruby Red are left in favor of four metallic shades: Blue, Warm Pepper Red, Lightning Green, and Outrageous Green. The other style-related change is that the SE EcoBoost Appearance package is currently the SE Appearance package and is available on all SE models regardless of engine choice. The snooze of the updates actually involve reducing equipment on S, SE, and SEL models. These changes include two-way adjustable headrests that replace last year’s four-way adjustable units, the deletion of the turn-signal indications on exterior mirrors of SE trims, the removal of rear-seat floor mats in S models, and the disappearance of the auxiliary input jack and door-release handle ambient lighting elements in all models. SE and SEL models no longer built with a driver’s-side seatback map pocket sized, and the single-disc COMPACT DISC player has been removed from S and ZE models.
2018 Ford Focus Specs
None of the “2018 Ford Focus” powertrains are extremely inspiring. The standard 2. 0-liter inline-four is not as punchy as the turbo charge four-cylinders available in many competitors, while the tiny, efficient turbo 1. 0l inline-three available on the sedan is overmatched by the Focus’s weight.
The Focus’s humdrum acceleration performance will carry over to 2018, as its four-cylinder and turbo charged three-cylinder engines are the same.
The four-cylinder produces 160 horsepower, a relatively low number that makes their back-of-the-pack acceleration performance unsurprising. A manual transmission is standard on the bare-bones S sedan, but otherwise the four-cylinder is offered only with the automatic. That’s a shame, as the six-speed dual-clutch computerized shifts slowly and often shows clunky behavior at parking-lot speeds.
A turbocharged 1. 0-liter three-cylinder exists on the sedan’s SE trim level for maximum efficiency. With just 123 horsepower, it dulls the Focus’s acceleration even further; with the manual transmission, it took more than nine seconds to access 60 mph, while the optional computerized puts the 1. 0-liter Focus over and above the 10-second mark.
2018 Ford Focus Exterior
Last year’s SE EcoBoost Physical appearance package–16-inch aluminum wheels, gloss-black grille, black headlamp surrounds, LED exterior lighting, and fog lamps–gets a name change to SE Appearance package and can now be selected on all SE models. A quatern of new metallic colors freshens the palette: Green, Hot Pepper Red, Super Blue, and Outrageous Green. SE models no longer come with turn-signal indicators on the outside mirrors.
Tidy dimensions associated with Focus a good metropolitan runabout, as it’s easy to park and control in small spaces. There aren’t too many opportunities to customize the 2018 Ford Focus appearance from the factory. The bottom S sedan has cheap-looking hubcaps and black door handles, but SE, SEL, and Titanium trims have snazzier-looking wheels and a few flashy bits of exterior trim.
2018 Ford Focus Interior
The Concentrate went a long time without an interior overhaul, and its somewhat plastic-heavy and dated-looking cabin is plainly a weak area. At least the settings are generally straightforward and easy to use.
Buyers of the base S model will no longer obtain floor mats for the back seat, and other trims also visit a reduction in equipment. SE and SEL models no for a longer time provide rear-seat passengers with a pocket on the back of the driver’s seat for storing small items, ambient lighting elements have been removed from the front-door handles, and the headrests of most Centers are now two-way adaptable rather than four-way.
Your friends and family won’t enjoy being filled into the small back quarters of the Emphasis, as legroom for back-seat passengers is sorely missing compared with almost all of its rivals. Tiny windows don’t help alleviate the claustrophobic feel of the interior.
Controls are logically organized on the 2018 Ford Focus dashboard, with obviously labeled climate controls and an 8. 0-inch touchscreen display (in models equipped with the Sync 3 infotainment system) that contains most other functions. Focus T and SE models without Sync 3 have a 4. 2-inch display with an assortment of buttons below to control the music system and Bluetooth functions.
To accurately assess seating height–the distance from the road to the driver’s hip–we how to use H-Point Machine (HPM), a specifically engineered device marketed by SAE International. This adaptable tool, in conjunction with a laser device, reveals the width and location of roof-pillar visibility obstructions (blind spots). Our HPM and laser measurement tools determine the length of road covered, protected by the hood as well as the highway obscured by the trunk or hatch (as seen through the rearview mirror).
2018 Ford Focus Rates
Back in the day, we said we’d enjoyably pay the extra bread for the 2018 Ford Focus SEL hatchback for its increased practicality and equipment, and we’re staying with our croyance. Opting for the SEL trim level includes:
- Six-speed dual-clutch programmed transmitting
- eight. 0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Automobile
- Dual-zone automated climate control
- 17-inch wheels
Being Midwesterners, we’d also spend $645 for the Cold temperature package deal, which includes heated forward seats and a warmed steering wheel to make frigid mornings less unpleasant. Our well-equipped Focus SEL hatchback stickers for a reasonable $23, 095.