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The Ford Focus debuted in North America in 1999 as a replacement for the Ford Escort. The following year it made the Car and Driver Ten Best list. Since then, more than 9 million of the sedans, hatchbacks, sport, and Titanium editions have been sold globally. Over the years, Ford has continually improved build quality and slowly beefed up the features. Though the car has gotten bigger, it’s also gotten more fuel efficient. The 2014 Focus S Sedan automatic gets an EPA estimated 26/36 mpg. In comparison, the 2000 model was rated at 23/30 mpg. The Focus is popular with daily commuters, people on a budget, and practical drivers who also appreciate its sleek design.
Used Ford Focus vehicles can be found in several body styles including sedans, sports coupes, wagons, 3-door hatchbacks and 5-door wagons. Ford now offers six versions including S and SE sedans starting at ($16,810 MSRP), the SE hatchback, Titanium Sedan ($18,125 MSRP) and Titanium Hatch ($23,575 MSRP). For those looking for a little more zip, the ST offers a 6-speed manual transmission, independent rear suspension with stabilizer bar, and sporty styling ($23,625 MSRP).If you can spend a little more, the Titanium sedan and hatchback editions offers a Sony® 10-speaker Audio system, leather trim, 17” alloy wheels, programmable entry keys, a reverse sensing system for backing up and other options designed to enhance the overall driving experience. For the environmentally conscious and for California zero emissions laws, Ford has developed the Focus Electric (BEV). It’s powered by a 3kWh liquid-cooled lithium ion battery, to achieve an impressive 101 highway/99 city MPG equivalent. Don’t look for it, however, at your local Ford dealer, since it is only available from Ford Certified Electric dealers.
When shopping for a used Ford Focus it helps to know when the car saw major design changes. The second generation of the car was produced between the 2005-2010 model years. During that time period, the Focus grew significantly in size and weight, gaining an inch in wheelbase, and 6.6 inches in length for roomier cabin space and a bigger trunk. Keyless entry, adaptive lighting, and Bluetooth appeared on the features list. For 2008, the design got a facelift with the deletion of moldings on the doors, the addition of sharp creases to body panels, a sweeping back of the headlights, and a lowering and expansion of the front grill. These changes were part of Ford’s “kinetic design” philosophy of showing energy in motion. The third generation Focus arrived for 2011, as the coupe version was mothballed.
All versions of the 2014 Ford Focus boast dual airbags and side curtain airbags, plus anti-lock brakes and stability controls. In crash tests the vehicle was rated “Good” for major safety scores such as roof strength, side impact, moderate front impact, and head restraint by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
All in all, the Ford Focus represents a good value on the used car market, especially for those produced since 2005. Don’t forget that you can take advantage of CARFAX vehicle history criteria to narrow your search on CARFAX’s used car listing.