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2015 Ford Focus Electric Review

The 2015 Ford Focus Electric combines the sporty underpinnings of its nonelectric sibling with electric power. Still, its ranks among the bottom third of compact cars thanks to a poor predicted reliability score.

Pros & Cons


  • Agile handling
  • Quiet, upscale interior
  • Brisk acceleration




  • Poor rear-seat legroom
  • Reduced cargo space
  • Awful predicted reliability rating






Critics' Rating: 6.8
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.7
Safety: 9.5
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2015 Ford Focus Electric Overview

Is the 2015 Ford Focus Electric a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Ford Focus Electric, like its gasoline-only sibling the Ford Focus, delivers engaging handling, good acceleration around town, and an upscale interior. It’s hard to recommend the Focus Electric, however, because its electric range is subpar, its back seats are cramped, and there’s precious little storage space in back.

Used 2015 Ford Focus Performance and Interior

The 2015 Ford Focus Electric has a 143-horsepower electric motor paired with a single-speed automatic transmission. The Focus Electric earns 110 mpg-equivalent in the city and 99 mpg-e on the highway. On a full charge, it can travel 76 miles. These estimates are on the low end for an electric car, as others, like the Nissan Leaf (84 miles) and the subcompact Chevrolet Spark EV (82 miles), do slightly better. The Focus Electric bucks the trend of battery-powered cars with boring driving dynamics. Driving the Ford Focus Electric feels nearly identical to driving the sporty nonelectric Ford Focus, thanks to its engaging handling and composed ride.

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The Focus Electric is a hatchback with five seats. Its cabin has attractive, modern styling and is made with high-quality materials. Additionally, it's quiet inside, thanks in part to its electric motor. There is good room and comfortable seats for those up front. Rear passengers, however, may wish for more head- and legroom. The Focus Electric's LATCH child-seat safety system consists of an upper tether on all three back seats and two lower anchors at each of the rear outboard seats. With up to 33.9 cubic feet of cargo space, the Focus Electric has more storage room than other electric cars but far less room than other hatchbacks – including the Ford Focus.

Standard features in the 2015 Ford Focus Electric include push-button start, a MyFord Touch infotainment system, a nine-speaker Sony stereo, navigation, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and smartphone integration via MyFord Mobile and SYNC. The MyFord Touch is an improvement over Ford’s previous infotainment systems, offering a rich amount of options and features. Still, some may find the system difficult to use while driving.

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Used 2015 Ford Focus Electric Prices

The average price of a 2015 Ford Focus is nearly $18,200 but can vary depending on the car's equipment, mileage, condition, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 36 Reviews Analyzed

To help you decide whether the 2015 Ford Focus Electric is a good electric car for you, we've analyzed 36 professional reviews, as well as EPA estimates, reliability ratings, crash test data, and ownership expenses. We do this to provide you with a comprehensive rundown on the Focus Electric's most important attributes.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Ford Focus Electric?

The 2015 Ford Focus Electric has the lowest predicted reliability score possible: two out of five, according to J.D. Power and Associates. This abysmal score is also one of the lowest in its class.

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How Safe Is the Focus Electric?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tested the 2015 Ford Focus Electric.

Standard safety equipment in the Focus Electric include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and MyKey, which allows parents to set audio volume and speed limits for teen drivers.

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Should I Consider Another Used Focus Electric?

The 2015 Ford Focus Electric is part of the car's third generation, which launched for 2012 and includes the 2017 model year. The Focus Electric received a substantial refresh for 2015 – including updated interior and exterior styling, a quieter interior, an improved infotainment system, and a standard rearview camera – so older models will be significantly different, though less expensive.

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Which Used Ford Focus Electric Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Ford Focus Electric has just one body style and trim level. In addition to its long list of standard features, some models may come with leather upholstery and power-adjustable seats.

Ford also has certified pre-owned cars available. For all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. Each CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

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2015 Ford Focus Electric and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Focus Electric or 2015 Ford Focus?

Aside from their powertrains, the Ford Focus and Ford Focus Electric are quite similar. Both cars provide sporty driving dynamics and upscale interiors. However, the Focus Electric has about 11 cubic feet less cargo space because of its hatchback-mounted battery. Unless your heart is set on alternative-fuel cars, the Focus' significantly lower cost of ownership, extra available features, available sedan body style, and engine options make it a stronger pick.

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Focus Electric or 2015 Chevrolet Volt?

The Chevrolet Volt is a hybrid vehicle, so it offers both electric and gas power. With battery power alone, the Volt gets half the range of the Focus Electric. However, its total driving range is five times that of the Focus Electric. The Volt also has a higher predicted reliability rating. Overall, the Volt is the superior car for performance and efficiency, but it tends to cost more than the Focus Electric, and it has less passenger space.

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Focus Electric or 2015 Nissan Leaf?

The Nissan Leaf is one of the only other solely battery-powered cars in the class, and for most shoppers, it's a better option than the Focus Electric. The Leaf's total range offers 8 more miles, and it gets better mpg-e estimates. The Leaf is also projected to be more reliable, and it has a roomy interior along with sporty performance.

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