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2015 Ford Focus Review

The 2015 Ford Focus sits in the middle of our compact car rankings. It has a high-end interior and sporty handling, but its abysmal reliability rating and cramped rear-seat legroom hold it back.

Pros & Cons

  • Athletic handling
  • Upmarket interior


  • Poor reliability rating
  • Limited rear-seat legroom

New for 2015

  • Refreshed interior and exterior styling
  • Rearview camera became standard
  • Available heated steering wheel, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning




Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.5
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2015 Ford Focus Overview

Is the 2015 Ford Focus a Good Used Car?                                     

Yes, the 2015 Focus is a decent used compact car. This Ford has a comfortable cabin and engaging performance, especially in the sporty ST trim with a powerful engine. However, it has a poor reliability rating and tight rear seats.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 81 professional evaluations for this 2015 Ford Focus review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers, and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Ford Focus?

Our site has almost 2,900 listings for the 2015 Ford Focus, with an average price of about $12,900. Prices range from about $10,000 to roughly $16,800, and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Ford Focus Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2015 Focus are estimated to be about $22,354. That’s slightly below average for a compact sedan.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Focus?

There have been few changes between the 2015 model and the 2018 Focus, which starts at $17,950. We would normally recommend the used model in this case, but considering the used 2015 model’s poor reliability rating, a new model might be worth considering for its new-car warranty.

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There are only two well-regarded new compact cars that are priced similarly to the 2015 Focus. The 2019 Kia Forte starts at $17,790, and the 2019 Kia Soul has a base price of $16,490. The base Focus has a more powerful engine than both Kias, and it’s also more agile and fun to drive. However, both Kia models earn higher predicted reliability ratings than the 2015 Focus, which has a poor rating for reliability.

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Which Model Year of the Ford Focus Is Best?

The 2015 Focus is part of a generation that launched with the 2012 model and includes the 2018 Focus. Ford refreshed the Focus for 2015, with a new front grille and updates to the car's climate and stereo controls. Other updates include a 123-horsepower three-cylinder engine with better fuel economy and a rearview camera joining the standard features list. There are few differences between the 2015 and 2016 model years, except for the introduction of the sportier RS trim and a more responsive SYNC 3 infotainment system.

If you can afford the upgrade, the 2016 Focus may be a better option because it comes with an easier-to-use infotainment system compared to prior models. Looking for performance on a budget? The Focus ST has a 252-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. This model debuted for 2013.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Ford Focus?

J.D. Power gave the 2015 Ford Focus the lowest reliability rating of two out of five.

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2015 Ford Focus Recalls

As of this writing, the 2015 Focus has seven recalls. They involve a charge cord that may overheat and cause a fire, a transmission that may leak fluid, a hatch that may open with only one touch of the release button, and doors that may accidently open. Other recalls address pinion gear wear that may lead to loss of power, the engine potentially not turning off as expected, and a stuck valve that can result in the engine stalling.

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Which Used Ford Focus Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Ford Focus comes in four trims: S, SE, Titanium, and ST. Whether you want a sedan or hatchback, the SE trim is the most practical of the bunch. It’s available with the widest array of features in the lineup, including a moonroof, automatic climate control, heated seats, and several advanced safety features. Thrill seekers on a budget should check out the performance-oriented Focus ST.

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What Does Ford's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Ford offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty after the original three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Each Ford CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

Ford does not have one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Chevy, GMC, Honda, Kia, and Mazda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Focus?

The 2015 Focus has good crash test scores, and it earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s 2015 Top Safety Pick designation, which is the organization’s second-highest accolade. It received the top score of Good in four crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable for the driver-side small overlap front test.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Focus an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal crash and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

The 2015 Focus comes standard with a rearview camera. Higher trims are available with blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane keep assist.

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2015 Ford Focus Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Focus or 2015 Honda Fit?

Although the 2015 Honda Fit is a subcompact car, it’s still a better choice than the Focus. The Fit has a comfortable, spacious interior with adult-friendly rear seats and generous cargo room. Although it's not exactly sporty, the Fit has composed handling, and its fuel-efficient engine provides decent power. The Fit also earns a higher reliability rating than the Focus. We named the Fit our 2015 Best Subcompact Car for the Money and 2015 Best Hatchback for the Money.

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Focus or 2015 Mazda3?

If you're drawn to the Focus for its engaging performance, you'll like the 2015 Mazda3 as well. The Mazda3 is exceptionally fun to drive, with lithe handling and ample power from both of its available engines. The Mazda3 also has an easier-to-use infotainment system, better fuel economy, and a higher reliability rating than the Focus. Between these two compact cars, choose the Mazda3.

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Focus or 2015 Volkswagen Golf?

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Focus are similar in many ways, but the Golf is a better car overall. Both have nimble handling, ample engine power, and high-end interiors. However, the Golf has a lot more cargo space and more rear-seat room than the Focus. The Golf also has the higher reliability rating of the two.

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2015 Focus Performance

How Does the 2015 Ford Focus Drive?

The 2015 Ford Focus comes standard with a 160-horsepower four-cylinder engine, which is paired with either a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. A 123-horsepower turbocharged three-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission is available. The performance-oriented ST trim comes with a 252-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is paired with a six-speed manual.

Those looking for a fun driving experience will enjoy the Focus. It is one of the nimbler compact cars on the market, with responsive steering and powerful brakes. The ride is generally comfortable, though the ST trim has a sport-tuned suspension that gives it a stiffer ride.

Does the 2015 Ford Focus Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the base engine and automatic transmission, the Focus returns an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, which are decent ratings for the class. The three-cylinder Focus is rated at 29/38 mpg city/highway. The three-cylinder engine with the SFE upgrade adds fuel efficiency enhancements, giving it fuel economy of 30/41 mpg. The sport-tuned Focus ST has a 23/31 mpg rating.

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2015 Focus Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Focus Seat?

The 2015 Ford Focus seats five on standard cloth upholstery. It’s available with leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. The Focus ST is available with front Recaro sport seats that have extra side support. The interior is upscale and has spacious, supportive front seats. However, the back seats don't offer as much legroom as those of some rivals.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Ford Focus?

Each of the rear outboard seats has a full set of LATCH child-seat connectors, and the rear middle seat has an upper tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Focus’ LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable, citing lower anchors that are too deep in the seats.

2015 Ford Focus Features

The 2015 Focus comes standard with Ford's SYNC voice-control system, a USB port, and Bluetooth. Some used models come with upgrades like navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, and the MyFord Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen.

The controls on the Focus' center stack are straightforward, as are its numerous steering wheel-mounted buttons. The MyFord Touch system is more user-friendly than it was in prior model years, but some rivals offer more clear-cut infotainment systems.

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2015 Ford Focus Dimensions

Ford Focus Cargo Space

The 2015 Focus sedan has 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is typical for the compact car class. The Focus hatchback provides 23.8 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 44.8 cubic feet with them folded. You can find higher maximum cargo capacities in hatchbacks like the 2015 Mazda3 and 2015 Volkswagen Golf.

2015 Focus Length and Weight

The 2015 Focus sedan is 14.9 feet long, while the hatchback is 14.3 feet long. The Focus’ curb weight ranges from 2,907 to 3,223 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Ford Focus Built?

Ford manufactured the 2015 Focus in Michigan.


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