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2012 Ford Focus Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Ford Focus was new.


Interior: 7.7

Many reviewers say the 2012 Ford Focus’ interior is on par for its consumer base. Quality is good, the cargo area is a good size, though it’s not the largest in the class, and seat comfort meets expectations.

  • "To that end, the interior design crew for Focus really stepped up their game with an interior that is one of the best we’ve seen in the segment as far as fit, finish and features are concerned. Sure it looks a little busy, with all the dials and buttons, but with so much new technology available in cars, it’s hard to find one that goes easy on the switches. Undoubtedly, the look isn't conservative and it probably won't age well, but right now Ford just wants to sell new cars." -- Left Lane News
  • "The Focus has the now-requisite low-gloss, soft-touch surfaces where they matter most, and many high-quality materials. I wouldn't put it ahead of the Cruze, however, partly because of my personal disdain for silvery plastic, which is in ample supply in the Focus, in various shades. The chrome and faux aluminum on the steering wheel work pretty well; the center control panel and other accents, not so much." -- Cars.com


Since the Focus is an affordable small car – a class that’s known for tight rear rows – reviewers critique rear seat comfort the most, and their opinions range from “uncommonly good” to “acceptable.” The front seats, however, are comfortable, and the driver has good rear visibility. If you want better seats than the black cloth ones that come with the base model, reviewers suggest leather seats, which are a part of Premium Package. One journalist notes that the front pillars obstruct the driver’s view during turns.

  • "Given the prodigious lateral grip, it's not surprising that the front seats are uncommonly good. Comfortable and fantastically supportive, they give your back the clear message that the Focus wants to dance." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "For two adults, rear-seat comfort is good in all directions except straight ahead. Our knees scraped the front seatbacks. But there’s plenty of footroom under the front seats, and the aggressively Euro-firm cushions encourage Emily Post posture all around." -- Car and Driver
  • "Base trim delivers comfortable cloth seats with acceptable bolstering, though the two-tone grey on black cloth of our sedan tester was more than a little cringe-worthy. The good news is that the higher you climb on the option sheet, the better those thrones become. Ford does offer handsome leather buckets with contrasting stitching if you can't stomach the thought of parking your keester on the low-rent seats." -- Autoblog 
  • "Trim packages come with fabric or leather seat coverings. Regardless which you choose, we found them offering good support which says a lot considering we spent quite a bit of time with our butts pinned to them." -- Left Lane News

Interior Features

The base 2012 Ford Focus S sedan comes standard with a full center console with storage, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, power front windows, a 12-volt power outlet and a basic audio system with an auxiliary input jack and speed-sensitive volume control. Shoppers can upgrade to the SE trim, which adds MyKey and gives shoppers the opportunity to customize their Focus with more options like Ford’s SYNC system. If you’d like the convenience of a hatchback, the Focus SE five-door comes with the same standard and optional features as the SE sedan.

The 2012 Focus has MyKey and MyFord, two features that are available on other models like the Ford Edge. MyKey is a safety feature that let’s parents restrict top speeds to 80 mph and limit the audio system’s volume. The system also chimes when the vehicle reaches 45, 55, or 65 miles per hour to remind the driver of their speed. Other MyKey safety features include silencing the radio until front seat passengers fasten their seatbelts. MyFord integrates entertainment, navigation and communication into a touch-screen console. Most reviewers have varying opinions of MyFord. Some say it compacts a lot into one feature. Another goes into great detail about its strengths and weakness. One good thing is that MyFord prioritizes driver safety by using voice activation, but the bad part is that the voice system still has quirks and the screen can be cluttered with information.

  • "It looks far more expensive than most of its classmates, both inside and out, with a well-designed, clean center stack. The bulk of buttons, especially on higher trim levels, has migrated to either a touch-screen or the steering wheel. In fact, the well-sculpted, just-right-size steering wheel has twenty-one buttons -- enough to type a term paper on it." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Seating material aside, the Focus uses stylish, easy-to-read gauges that are supplemented by a small LCD screen nestled between the tachometer and the speedometer. The screen can be set up to display everything from fuel economy to your trip meter, average speed and a host of other information. Handy controls on the steering wheel make the screen easy to use and easier to set up, though we wouldn't recommend flipping through the categories while on the road." -- Autoblog
  • "Inside the Focus Ford has updated the materials and design language to provide a much more upscale feel and layout. Materials, although not all soft-touch, are certainly more finger-friendly than the outgoing model. Design language also appears to follow the trend of upcoming Ford products for the North American market, especially true in the dash with the future fleet-wide integration of MyFord." -- Left Lane News
  • "You could fill a seminar on how to use MyFord Touch, so I'll just highlight what's good and bad about it. What's good is that it attempts to integrate capabilities in a safe manner, activities consumers are likely to engage in with their smartphones anyway. … The voice recognition keeps getting more reliable, and that's good. What's bad about MFT are mainly the simplest things: unacceptable delays when you hit a button, quirks with the voice activation, buggy operation and the fact that too much is often jammed onto a single screen. It's a bit of a drag in competing systems to have to jump from one page to another, but there's a reason for it: You can read it at a glance. The Ford approach might save you some screen-touching, but squinting at tiny type is a distraction in its own right." -- Cars.com


Of the two models, the hatchback has the most cargo space. It has a total of 44.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded and 23.8 cubic feet with the rear seats in use. In comparison, the sedan has a 13.2-cubic-foot trunk. These figures are good for the class, but there are models with more room.

  • "Cargo space is a similar story, with the Focus sedan's 13.2-cubic-foot trunk besting the Civic and Corolla but falling behind the Cruze, Elantra and Jetta's 15.4, 14.8 and 15.5 cubic feet. Buyers who want more space and versatility should consider the Focus hatchback, which offers 23.8 cubic feet behind the backseat and a total of 44.8 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded flat. A folding backseat is standard, but it's a one-piece until you get to the SEL trim level, where it's split 60/40 and includes a fold-down center armrest." -- Cars.com

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