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2014 Ford Focus Review

The 2014 Ford Focus has agile handling and a comfortable ride. However, it has a low reliability rating and its infotainment features are confusing to learn.

Pros & Cons

  • Stylish, high-end cabin
  • Exceptionally sporty ST trim
  • Confusing available infotainment system

Rankings & Awards

The 2014 Ford Focus's #16 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Compact Cars category. It was a finalist for our 2014 Best Compact Car for the Money award. Currently the Ford Focus has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 80 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.0
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2014 Ford Focus Overview

Is the 2014 Ford Focus a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Ford Focus is available as a sedan or a hatchback. It delivers a dynamic driving experience as well as top safety scores. Add in an attractive interior, and you have a good used compact car. Reliability, however, is an issue.

The Ford Focus’ base engine is a four-cylinder that produces 160 horsepower. It is paired with a standard five-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic is available. The automatic transmission sometimes has trouble finding the right gear. The high-performance Focus ST model has a turbocharged 252-horsepower four-cylinder engine and standard six-speed manual transmission. EPA fuel economy estimates range from a high of 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway (with the base engine and six-speed automatic transmission) to 23/31 mpg city/highway (with the turbocharged engine). Both the regular Focus and the high-performance Focus ST have responsive handling and a refined, comfortable ride.

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The 2014 Ford Focus seats five and has cloth seats. The front seats are comfortable, well-bolstered, and accommodating even for larger occupants. The rear seats are spacious for average-sized adults. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are available. There are soft-touch materials throughout the cabin. The outward rear seats have two full sets of LATCH anchors and tethers. The middle seat has a tether anchor.

The Focus comes standard with keyless entry, a CD player, and an auxiliary input jack. Available features include push-button start, Ford’s Sync infotainment system with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, and MyFord Touch with an 8-inch touch-screen display. The Sync and MyFord Touch systems take some time to master, but they are highly functional and become easier to use with practice.

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Used 2014 Ford Focus Prices

The 2014 Ford Focus ranges in price from about $9,700 to more than $13,900, depending on the model you choose, as well as its condition and mileage. Prices may differ in your community. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Ford Focus?

The 2014 Ford Focus gets a reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. That’s the lowest rating available.

How Safe Is the Focus?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the 2014 Ford Focus a Top Safety Pick and gave it a rating of Good, the highest score possible, in all but the small overlap front crash test. In that test, it earned the second-highest rating. The 2014 Focus has an overall crash test rating of five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. Available active safety features include rear parking sensors and a rearview camera.

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Should I Consider Another Used Focus?

The 2014 Ford Focus is part of the model’s third generation, which launched in 2012 and includes the 2017 model year. These compact cars share the same space and performance specs. Choosing a 2012 or 2013 Focus will save you money and get you the same basic features as the 2014 model.

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Which Used Ford Focus Is Right for Me?

The Ford Focus sedan comes in S, SE, and Titanium trims. The Focus hatchback is offered in SE, Titanium, and ST trims.

The S trim is fairly bare-bones, with manual air conditioning, cloth seats, and manual rear windows. The SE trim adds items like cruise control, Sync with a 4.2-inch infotainment screen, and steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise control buttons. The Titanium trim offers push-button start, leather-trimmed front seats, and an 8-inch touch screen, among other upgrades. The sporty ST trim features a four-cylinder EcoBoost engine, a sport suspension, aluminum pedals, and high-performance brakes. For the best balance of features and value, go with the SE trim (sedan or hatchback).

Because of the Focus’ low reliability rating, you may want to consider purchasing 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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We Did the Research for You: 80 Pieces of Data Analyzed

Like all our used car rankings and reviews, this Focus overview isn’t based on our own tests and opinions. Instead, we collected and analyzed 80 data pieces on the Focus – including credible expert reviews, safety and reliability scores, and total ownership costs – to help you make the best-informed buying decision.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our team has more than 75 years of combined experience covering and working in the automotive field, and we’ve been ranking vehicles for a decade. Our writers and editors do not accept expensive gifts or trips from manufacturers, and an outside team solicits our site’s advertising.

2014 Ford Focus and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Ford Focus or 2014 Kia Forte?

The base 2014 Kia Forte is better equipped than the Focus, with standard satellite radio, a USB port, and Bluetooth. Both compact cars have below-average reliability scores, but the Forte has the lowest safety scores in the compact car segment. Go with the Focus.

Which Is Better: 2014 Ford Focus or 2014 Mazda3?

The 2014 Mazda3 is the clear choice over the Focus. Its sporty handling makes it one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the class. The Mazda3 also has an upscale cabin and easy-to-use tech features, while the base Focus’ interior is sparse by comparison. Additionally, the Mazda3 earns better fuel economy. Its reliability score is average, but it’s still better than the Focus' rating.

Which Is Better: 2014 Ford Focus or 2014 Honda Civic?

The 2014 Honda Civic not only has a near-perfect reliability score, but it excels in other areas, too. It has better standard features than the Focus, including a rearview camera and cruise control. The Civic also has brisk acceleration and refined manual and automatic transmissions. In comparison, the Focus’ transmission has issues finding the right gears. The Civic’s front seats are comfortable and there’s adequate rear-seat space, with enough head- and legroom to suit most adults. The Focus’ rear seats might be cramped for taller adults.

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