2016 Ford Focus – Comes in 31 Flavors!

2016 Ford Focus Titanium | MSRP (base model): $23,725 | Price as tested: $27,650

Engine: 2.0L; 160 h.p.; 146 lb.-ft. | MPG: 26 city / 38 hwy

Features: SYNC 3, Push Button Start, Keyless, Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane-Keeping Alert, Active Park Assist, etc.

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In a world full of compact cars, the Ford Focus has many surprises and is able to hold its own against cars such as the Chevy Cruze, Mazda 3 and even the newly redesigned 2016 Honda Civic. That alone says a lot about this car.  This is a car that can be configured for almost any taste. Would you like a sporty hatch? Get the Focus ST or the crazy RS. Prefer a sedan? Yep, have that too.  Manual or automatic, Turbo or not, sure thing.  The car we had was a loaded-to-the-roof Titanium hatchback with the 6-speed SelectShift automatic, which is Ford talk for dual-clutch automatic.

I have always been a fan of hatchbacks, mainly for their utilitarian nature and also their look. Ford has done a great job making the Focus look sporty, even in the non-ST or RS versions. I really liked the look of the blue one we had, especially with the 18-inch optional wheels. It looks smaller than the new Civic but should be comparable in size.

Inside, it seems that the driver’s seat should go lower. It’s not easy to get in and out for someone who’s tall. There is enough room once you get in, but for whatever reason Ford decides to not let the seats go lower. Once you are seated you will find the driver’s side power seat comfortable and also heated for those cold Chicago days. The steering wheel also gets heat with the equipment group we had.  The updated SYNC 3 is a step in the right direction, mainly towards simplicity. A common past complaint was the response time to command. Well, I am happy to say that it finally responds to instructions almost instantaneously.

The rear seat is a little tight and better suited for kids than adults, but fold those seats down and…

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