• 2012 Ford Focus

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  • 2012 Ford Focus

    #18 in 2012 Compact Cars

  • 2012 Hyundai Elantra

    #8 in 2012 Compact Cars

  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf

    #5 in 2012 Compact Cars

  • Prices

    • MSRP
    • $16,500
    • $15,345
    • $17,995
    • Avg. Paid
    • $5,612
    • $6,227
    • $6,137

    U.S. News Scores

    • Overall
    • 7.9 /10
    • 8.5 /10
    • 8.8 /10
    • Critics' Rating
    • 9.3 /10
    • 9.3 /10
    • 9.1 /10
    • Performance
    • 8.4 /10
    • 8.4 /10
    • 8.3 /10
    • Interior
    • 7.7 /10
    • 8.6 /10
    • 8.7 /10
    • Cost to Own
    • 9.5 /10
    • 9.5 /10
    • 9.1 /10
    • Safety
    • 9.0 /10
    • 9.3 /10
    • 9.8 /10
    • Reliability
    • 2.0 /5
    • 3.0 /5
    • 4.0 /5

    Pros & Cons

    • Pros
      • Superb handling
      • Attractive, high-quality interior
      • Great fuel economy
      • Lots of available features when it was new
      • Great fuel economy
      • Composed ride
      • Large trunk
      • Refined ride
      • High-quality interior
      • Great fuel economy with diesel engine
    • Cons
      • Complicated infotainment system
      • Limited back-seat headroom
      • Confusing touch-screen audio display
      • Lackluster fuel economy with base engine

    General Specs

    • Transmission
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Drivetrain
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Fuel/Engine
    • Gas I4 2.0L/121
    • Gas I4 1.8L/110
    • Gas I5 2.5L/151
    • MPG
    • 26 City / 36 Hwy
    • 28 City / 38 Hwy
    • 23 City / 33 Hwy

    Exterior

    Body
    • Body Style
    • 4 Door Sedan
    • 4 Door Sedan
    • 2 Door HB
    Dimensions
    • Wheelbase (in.)
    • 104.3
    • 106.3
    • 101.5
    • Length, Overall (in.)
    • 178.5
    • 178.3
    • 165.4
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in.)
    • 71.8
    • 69.9
    • 70.3
    • Height, Overall (in.)
    • 57.7
    • 56.5
    • 58.3
    Doors & Windows
    • Rear Defrost
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Windows
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Doors & Windows
    • Rear Defrost
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Windows
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Exterior Features
    • Rear Spoiler
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    Measurements
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs.)
    • 2857
    • 2661
    • 2968
    Tires & Wheels
    • Tires - Front All-Season
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Tires - Front Performance
    •  
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Tires - Rear All-Season
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Tires - Rear Performance
    •  
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Compact Spare Tire
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Aluminum Wheels
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Wheel Locks
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Steel Wheels
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Wheel Covers
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
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    Interior

    Convenience & Comfort
    • Alarm
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Auxiliary Pwr Outlet
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • Cruise Control
    •  
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • Interior Cargo Shade
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Front Reading Lamps
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • Rear Reading Lamps
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Remote Engine Start
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Adjustable Steering Wheel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Trip Computer
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Universal Garage Door Opener
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Intermittent Wipers
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • Keyless Entry
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Door Locks
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Electrochromic rearview mirror
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Heated Mirrors
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Mirrors
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Driver Vanity Mirror
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Passenger Vanity Mirror
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Power Steering
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Dimensions
    • Passenger Capacity
    • 5
    • 5
    • 5
    • Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)
    • 90.7
    • 95.6
    • 93
    • Front Head Room (in.)
    • 38.3
    • 40.0
    • 39.3
    • Front Leg Room (in.)
    • 41.9
    • 43.6
    • 41.2
    • Front Shoulder Room (in.)
    • 55.6
    • 55.9
    • 54.7
    • Front Hip Room (in.)
    • 53.9
    • 53.5
    • - TBD -
    • Second Head Room (in.)
    • 38.0
    • 37.1
    • 38.5
    • Second Leg Room (in.)
    • 43.7
    • 33.1
    • 35.5
    • Second Shoulder Room (in.)
    • 53.7
    • 54.8
    • 52.8
    • Second Hip Room (in.)
    • 52.7
    • 52.7
    • - TBD -
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.)
    •  
    •  
    • 46.0
    • Trunk Volume (cu. ft.)
    • 13.2
    • 14.8
    •  
    Entertainment
    • AM/FM Stereo
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Auxiliary Audio Input
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • CD Player
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • MP3 Player
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Satellite Radio
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    Heating & Cooling
    • Climate Control
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • A/C
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Standard
    Seats
    • Cloth Seats
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Pass-Through Rear Seat
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 2nd Row Bench Seat
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Bucket Seats
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
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    Safety

    Airbags
    • Driver Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Front Head Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rear Head Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Front Side Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rear Side Air Bag
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    Brakes
    • 4-Wheel ABS
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    Safety Features
    • Brake Assist
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Electronic Stability Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Daytime Running Lights
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Child Safety Locks
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Traction Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Emergency Trunk Release
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
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    Mechanical

    Engine & Performance
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 4 Cylinder Engine
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • 5 Cylinder Engine
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Engine Type
    • Gas I4
    • Gas I4
    • Gas I5
    • Displacement
    • 2.0L/121
    • 1.8L/110
    • 2.5L/151
    • Horsepower (Net @ RPM)
    • 160 @ 6500
    • 148 @ 6500
    • 170 @ 5700
    • Torque (Net @ RPM)
    • 146 @ 4450
    • 131 @ 4700
    • 177 @ 4250
    • Transmission
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Turning diameter
    • 36.0
    • 34.8
    • 35.7
    Fuel
    • Flexible Fuel Capability
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Gasoline Fuel
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
    • 26
    • 28
    • 23
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
    • 36
    • 38
    • 33
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal.)
    • 12.4
    • 12.8
    • 14.5
    Suspension
    • Suspension Type - Front
    • MacPherson Strut
    • MacPherson Strut
    • MacPherson Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear
    • SLA
    • Torsion Axle
    • 4-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
    • w/Coil Springs
    • w/Coil Springs
    •  
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
    •  
    • w/Coil Springs
    •  
    Transmission
    • Automatic
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • 6-Speed Automatic
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Manual
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 5-Speed Manual
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • 6-Speed Manual
    •  
    • Standard
    •  

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