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8.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.4
Reliability:
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2015 Ford Focus Review

The 2015 Ford Focus has a high-end interior and sporty handling, but many rivals have higher predicted reliability scores and more legroom for passengers in the back seats.

Pros & Cons

 

  • Athletic handling
  • Upmarket interior

 

  • Poor predicted reliability score
  • Limited rear-seat legroom

2015 Ford Focus Overview

Is the 2015 Ford Focus a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Focus ranks midpack in the competitive compact car class, but it's still a good car. The Focus has engaging performance and a comfortable cabin. It’s lower in our rankings mostly because of its dismal predicted reliability rating.

Used 2015 Ford Focus Performance and Interior

Those looking for thrills will enjoy driving the Focus. Three engines are available: the base four-cylinder, the turbocharged three-cylinder, and the punchy turbocharged four-cylinder in the performance-oriented ST model. All the engines deliver peppy power, especially the turbo four. The base engine is paired with either a manual transmission or an automatic. The latter feels jerky when driving slowly; when in a parking lot, for example. The Focus is one of the nimbler compact cars on the market, with responsive steering and powerful brakes. The ride is generally comfortable, except in Titanium trims with the available sport suspension. With the base engine and automatic transmission, the Focus gets 27 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway, which is good for the class.

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Just because the Focus has a low price, don't expect a cheap interior. The cabin has a modern interior design, and it's built with high-quality materials. The Focus is available in both hatchback and sedan body styles. Those in front will find roomy and supportive seats, especially in ST models that have the available Recaro sport seats. The back seats are less accommodating, with tight legroom. Each of the rear outboard seats has a full set of LATCH car-seat connectors, while the rear middle seat has an upper-tether anchor.

The base Focus S comes standard with the SYNC voice-recognition system, a USB port, and Bluetooth. Optional features include the MyFord Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen. The infotainment system responds quickly to inputs, but overall, it's more complicated to use than those in most competitors. Fortunately, there are physical controls on the center stack and steering wheel that are more intuitive to use.

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Used 2015 Ford Focus Prices

Prices for the 2015 Focus range from about $11,000 for the base S sedan to around $15,000 for the Titanium sedan. Prices vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 81 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 81 professional reviews to compile this Ford Focus overview. To help you decide if the 2015 Ford Focus is the right used car for you, we’ve also included information on crash test results, reliability ratings, fuel economy, and more.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs for a decade, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry. To ensure our reviews remain unbiased, we don't accept pricey gifts or trips from automakers, and an outside partner handles the ads on our site.

How Reliable Is the 2015 Ford Focus?

The Focus' abysmal two out of five predicted reliability score is among the lowest in the class. It’s also the lowest score possible, according to J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the Focus?

The Focus does well in crash tests, earning a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a 2015 Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. 

All Focus trims come standard with a rearview camera, while higher trims are available with blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane keeping assist.

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Should I Consider Another Used Focus?

The 2015 Focus is part of the car’s third generation, which launched with the 2012 model and includes the 2017 Focus. Ford significantly refreshed the Focus for the 2015 model year, so there are substantial differences between this model and those from prior years. There are fewer differences between the 2015 and 2016 model years, however. If you can afford it, a 2016 model may be a better option since it has a newer – and easier to use – infotainment system.

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Which Used Ford Focus Is Right for Me?

Whether you want a sedan or hatchback, the SE trim is the one to buy. It has the widest array of available features, including a moonroof, automatic climate control, heated seats, and several advanced safety features. Those who love thrills behind the wheel should test drive the performance-oriented Focus ST.

You can probably find a certified pre-owned Focus at your local Ford dealership. 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 and Other Cars to Consider

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

We named the Honda Fit our 2015 Best Subcompact Car for the Money and 2015 Best Hatchback for the Money. When it comes to compact cars, it's hard to beat the Fit. It has a comfortable, spacious interior with adult-friendly rear seats, as well as generous cargo room. Though it's not exactly sporty, the Fit has composed handling, and its fuel-efficient engine provides decent power. The Fit also earns a significantly higher predicted reliability rating than the Focus.

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Focus or 2015 Mazda3?

If you're drawn to the Focus for its engaging performance, you'll like the Mazda3 even more. The Mazda3 is exceptionally fun to drive, with lithe handling and peppy power from both of its available engines. The Mazda3 also gets better fuel economy than the Focus. The Mazda3’s upscale cabin is lined with soft-touch materials that make you feel like you’re in a significantly more expensive car. Additionally, the Mazda's infotainment system is easy to use.

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

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

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