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2012 Ford Focus Price, Review, Specs

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2012 Ford Focus Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Focus is Ford’s compact car that is redesigned for 2012. The Focus was first introduced in 1998 in Europe and came to the U.S. for the 2000 model year. Previous versions of the Focus have received design and performance changes tailored for the U.S. market. The 2012 Focus will be sold in both 5-door hatchback and 4-door sedan versions, and under the One Ford initiative, the Focus sold in the U.S. will be the same as the Focus sold in Europe and other world markets.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Ford Focus is a compact car that’s available in sedan and four-door hatchback body styles. There are four trim levels available: S, SE, SEL and Titanium.

The S model, which is only offered as a sedan, comes with 15-inch steel wheels; keyless entry; air-conditioning; power front windows; power locks and mirrors; a height-adjustable driver seat; a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel; and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack. Move up to the SE and you get 16-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, front foglights, a rear spoiler (hatchback only), rear power windows, a trip computer, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and Ford’s MyKey parental controls. The hatchback is pretty similar but gets a 60/40 split-folding seatback (versus one solid folding seatback) and a removable cargo cover.

The optional Convenience package for the Focus SE adds cruise control and map lights. The SE Sport package adds 16-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, a rear spoiler (sedan), upgraded exterior and interior trim, sport seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Also optional is a six-speaker audio system bundled with Ford’s Sync cell phone and iPod interface.

The SEL model adds one-touch up/down power windows, multicolor ambient lighting and most of the SE’s optional features. Spring for the Titanium model and you get 17-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, upgraded exterior and interior trim, a rear spoiler (sedan), keyless ignition/entry, MyFord Touch technology with an 8-inch center touchscreen and Wi-Fi capability, and a 10-speaker Sony audio system with satellite radio and HD radio. MyFord Touch and the Sony system are optional on the SEL.

The Titanium and SEL Premium packages add rear parking sensors, automatic wipers, a six-way power driver seat, leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a rear armrest. The Titanium Handling package adds 18-inch wheels, an upgraded sport-tuned suspension, a full-size spare and summer tires. Optional for the SEL and Titanium is a voice-activated navigation system with real-time traffic.

Optional on all but the S is the Winter package, which adds heated front seats and heated mirrors with side marking lamps. The SEL and Titanium can be had with the Parking Technology package, which adds front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera and an automated parallel parking system. Optional only on the SE sedan is a Super Fuel Economy (SFE) package, which adds 16-inch steel wheels with aero wheel covers, low-rolling-resistance tires, rear disc brakes and a rear spoiler.

The Focus Electric (BEV) will only be available as a four-door hatchback. In terms of equipment, it’s similar to the Titanium trim model. For now, availability is limited to a few select states.

Powertrains and Performance

Under the hood, the front-wheel-drive 2012 Ford Focus has a new 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that puts out 160 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. Entry-level S and SE models get a five-speed manual transmission standard, while a six-speed automatic transmission that Ford has dubbed “Powershift” (technically, it’s a dual-clutch automated manual) is standard on SEL and Titanium trim levels. It is optional on the S and SE.

The Focus Electric has a 92-kilowatt electric drive motor that draws power from a 23kWh lithium-ion battery pack. (For reference, the Leaf has an 80-kW motor and a 24kWh battery.) Power is applied to the front wheels through a single-speed direct-drive transmission. Ford promises an effective range of about 100 miles between charging. But as with all electric cars, actual performance will be highly dependent on driving style and environment.

Safety

The 2012 Ford Focus gets a long list of important safety features as standard equipment, including antilock brakes (rear drums on S and SE; rear discs on others), stability control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. The Ford Sync system, which is available on all Focus models, also now includes an emergency crash notification feature that automatically dials 911 when paired with a compatible cell phone. Ford’s MyKey system, which can be used to set certain parameters for teen drivers, is standard on every Focus except the S sedan.

Interior Design and Special Features

While the handsome exterior of this new Focus might be what initially sets the hook, it’s the total transformation of the passenger cabin that will reel you in. The interior is attractive and quiet, and the materials are best-in-class. The layout of gauges and controls is intuitive to understand in the lower trim levels, but the MyFord Touch option’s touchscreen controls can be tough to figure out at first. Even once mastered, MyFord Touch can be distracting since it requires so much attention to operate properly. Still, technologies like MyFord Touch, Sync, HD radio and the available automatic parking system set the Focus apart from the pack.

The front seats are supportive and comfortable over long distances. The rear seats offer adequate headroom, but come up a little short on legroom when compared with some of the competition. The sedan’s 13.2-cubic-foot trunk is on par for this class, but the hatchback model is still the better choice for the practically minded, with 23.8 cubic feet of space with the 60/40-split rear seats up and a generous 44.8 cubic feet with them folded down. Cargo dimensions for the Focus Electric haven’t yet been released.

Driving Impressions

The 2012 Ford Focus feels like a European car in the way it’s been tuned to provide both sharp handling and a refined ride. There’s very little body roll in corners, while the sharp, communicative steering is a revelation given that it’s electrically assisted. The 2012 Focus is a fun car to drive, especially if it’s the Titanium trim level with the Titanium Handling package.

The 2.0-liter engine isn’t as much of a standout, but it offers competitive performance and fuel economy. The five-speed manual transmission works well enough and gives the car a sportier feel, though we found ourselves wishing for a 6th gear on the highway.

The automatic has that extra gear, though buyers should note that it’s technically a dual-clutch automated manual and behaves differently from a traditional automatic, occasionally rolling slightly back on hills or being reluctant to creep forward when parking. Shift quality is also disappointing and, at times, aggravating. The transmission upshifts too quickly and is too hesitant to downshift unless the throttle pedal is mashed. Both issues likely result from Ford’s effort to maximize fuel economy.

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2012 Ford Focus Price :

MSRP range: $16,500 – $22,700
Invoice price range: $15,635 – $21,112

2012 Ford Focus Specs :

4dr Sdn S
* Transmission: Manual
* Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
* MPG: 26 City / 36 Hwy
* Engine: Gas I4 2.0L/121
* Horsepower: 160 @ 6500
* Torque: 146 @ 4450 2.0L/121

4dr Sdn SE
* Transmission: Manual
* Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
* MPG: 26 City / 36 Hwy
* Engine: Gas I4 2.0L/121
* Horsepower: 160 @ 6500
* Torque: 146 @ 4450 2.0L/121

5dr HB SE
* Transmission: Manual
* Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
* MPG: 26 City / 36 Hwy
* Engine: Gas I4 2.0L/121
* Horsepower: 160 @ 6500
* Torque: 146 @ 4450 2.0L/121

4dr Sdn SEL
* Transmission: Automatic
* Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
* MPG: 28 City / 38 Hwy
* Engine: Gas I4 2.0L/121
* Horsepower: 160 @ 6500
* Torque: 146 @ 4450 2.0L/121

5dr HB SEL
* Transmission: Automatic
* Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
* MPG: 28 City / 38 Hwy
* Engine: Gas I4 2.0L/121
* Horsepower: 160 @ 6500
* Torque: 146 @ 4450 2.0L/121

4dr Sdn Titanium
* Transmission: Automatic
* Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
* MPG: 28 City / 38 Hwy
* Engine: Gas I4 2.0L/121
* Horsepower: 160 @ 6500
* Torque: 146 @ 4450 2.0L/121

5dr HB Titanium
* Transmission: Automatic
* Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
* MPG: 28 City / 38 Hwy
* Engine: Gas I4 2.0L/121
* Horsepower: 160 @ 6500
* Torque: 146 @ 4450 2.0L/121

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