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Few models are as well known around the world as the Ford Focus. This compact car was introduced for the 2000 model year, replacing the previous Ford Escort. The Focus offers seating for five and is available in hatchback and sedan body styles.

2012 to Present: Ford Focus

The current Ford Focus was introduced for the 2012 model year. Two body styles — a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback — are offered. A Ford Focus Electric model is sold separately.

The Focus is based on a global platform and is marked by a gaping upper grille, sleek wrap around headlights and a narrow lower grille opening. Distinct creases run from the front to the back of the hood.

Both body styles feature a sweeping roofline; the hatchback roofline ends with an available liftgate spoiler. From the rear, the Ford Focus has oversized combination lamps, reflector lights and an available trunk-lid spoiler for the sedan.

Upon its debut, the 2012 Focus offered one engine choice: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 160 horsepower, which is paired with a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

Starting in 2013, Ford introduced the Focus ST, which is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 252 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission is standard with this model. Ford also began offering a 123-horsepower, turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine for 2015 as an option on Focus SE.

For 2016, Ford introduced the most potent Focus ever with the all-wheel drive Focus RS. This model makes 350 horsepower, and is powered by a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that’s paired with a six-speed manual transmission.

The Focus offers room for up to five. All models come with power windows, air conditioning, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel and an audio system. A rearview camera, Ford’s voice-activated Sync system and Bluetooth became standard starting with the 2015 model year.

The Ford Focus has many competitors, including the Toyota Corolla, Chevrolet Cruze, Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic. Other models in the compact segment to consider include the Subaru Impreza, Kia Forte, Dodge Dart, Nissan Sentra, Volkswagen Jetta and Mazda3.

Earlier Ford Focus Models

The first-generation Ford Focus was introduced for the 2000 model year. Upon its release, the Focus was offered in three body styles: a three-door hatchback, a four-door sedan and a five-door wagon. For 2002, a five-door hatchback was added.

For the Focus’ first four model years, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine was offered and paired with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. Beginning in 2004, a 2.3-liter four-cylinder was also offered.

In 2005, Ford refreshed the Focus shuffling trim and equipment offerings with it. Ford ended production of the Focus wagon after the 2007 model year.

The Ford Focus was heavily updated for 2008 and offered in two- and four-door body styles. All 2008-2011 models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 140 horsepower.

Ford also rolled out its available Sync system for 2008, which is an in-vehicle communications and entertainment system that enables drivers to make hands-free calls, manage music and handle other functions with voice commands. Not only was the 2008 Focus the first Ford model offering this option, it was also the first mainstream model from any manufacturer with this type of technology.