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2014 Ford Focus Electric Review

The 2014 Ford Focus Electric is a small electric car that is slightly underpowered compared to classmates, but delivers a comfortable ride and composed handling. Still, a low reliability score and a below-average electric range place it near the bottom of our rankings. 

Pros & Cons

  • Generous list of standard features
  • Pleasant driving dynamics
  • High-quality interior
  • Complicated infotainment system
  • Shorter electric driving range than rivals
  • Cramped cargo area




Critics' Rating: 6.9
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 6.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.6
Safety: 9.7
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2014 Ford Focus Electric Overview

Is the 2014 Ford Focus Electric a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Ford Focus Electric is not a bad compact car, but there are better options out there. While its all-electric motor does not hinder acceleration and power, its electric range is underwhelming. The cargo space is also cramped, and the infotainment system is complicated.

The 2014 Focus Electric’s powertrain is comprised of a 143-horsepower electric motor that is paired with a single-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration is almost as powerful as the gas-only Focus, but added weight from the battery pack makes it less agile. Still, the Focus Electric’s steering is direct, and its brakes are strong. This hatchback gets 110 mpg-e in the city and 99 mpg-e on the highway (learn more about mpg-e here). It can go 76 miles on a fully charged battery, but cars like the Nissan Leaf (84 miles) have a longer range.

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The 2014 Ford Focus Electric can seat up to five, and its well-designed interior is made up of first-rate materials. There is plenty of room in the front seats, and back-row head- and legroom is sufficient. The MyFord Touch infotainment system and SYNC voice command have intuitive customization features, but neither system is easy to use. The battery pack impedes cargo space in the Focus Electric, so you might find it hard to fit larger items. There are two sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats, and the middle seat has a top tether anchor.  

All models come with a nine-speaker Sony audio system, HD Radio, a MyFord Touch infotainment system, SYNC voice command, two USB ports, a navigation system, dual-zone climate control, and push-button start.

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Used 2014 Ford Focus Electric Prices

The used 2014 Ford Focus Electric has an average price of $16,200. Exact prices vary based on each car’s mileage, location, and condition.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Ford Focus Electric?

The 2014 Ford Focus Electric gets a rock-bottom reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power. This makes it one of the least reliable cars available. Class rivals like the Honda Civic (4.5 out of five) score much higher.

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How Safe Is the Focus Electric?

The 2014 Focus Electric did not undergo crash testing. All models come with a rearview camera, a reverse sensing system, and MyKey, which allows parents to control the car’s top speed and limit audio volume for teen drivers. 

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Should I Consider Another Used Focus Electric?

The 2014 Ford Focus Electric is a part of a generation that started in 2013 and ended with the 2015 model year. There were no major changes for 2014, so you may want to consider a 2013 model to save money. The 2015 model year saw interior and exterior styling updates and enhancements to the infotainment system.

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Which Used Ford Focus Electric Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Ford Focus Electric has one trim level, but some models may include leather seats and a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. 

Because the Focus Electric has such a low reliability rating, you may want to opt for a certified pre-owned model. 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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2014 Ford Focus Electric and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Ford Focus Electric or 2014 Chevrolet Volt?

While the Focus Electric has a longer electric-only range, the 2014 Chevrolet Volt has the flexibility of being able to switch between solely electric and solely gas power. Because of this, the Volt blows the Focus Electric's driving range out of the water. The Volt also has stronger acceleration than the Focus Electric. Both cars suffer from a cramped cargo area (more so in the Volt), but the Chevy bests the Ford’s below-average reliability score. The Chevy Volt is the better car overall.

Which Is Better: 2014 Ford Focus Electric or 2014 Nissan Leaf?

The 2014 Nissan Leaf has a roomy trunk area and easy-to use controls, which can’t be said about the Focus Electric. It also gets a better driving range and mpg-e rating (126/101 mpg-e city/highway). The Leaf's electric motor isn't as powerful as the Focus Electric’s, but the Nissan has agile handling and a composed ride. For those reasons, the Leaf is the winner here.

Which Is Better: 2014 Ford Focus Electric or 2014 Ford Focus?

The 2014 Ford Focus is the gas-only sibling of the Ford Focus Electric. It has slightly better performance and more agile handling, but both cars suffer from a poor reliability score. Nonetheless, the gas-only Focus has more overall cargo space and additional features, and it comes in sedan and hatchback forms. If you’re willing to consider a non-electric vehicle, go for the gas-only Focus. It’s the better car.

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