2013 Ford Focus

Starting MSRP: $16,200 - $24,200

Estimated MPG: 26 city / 35 hwy

2013 Ford Focus Review

The 2013 Ford Focus is a five-passenger compact car that’s offered in sedan and hatchback body styles. It has a sporty look, a roomy interior and optional advanced technologies.

The Focus is available in S (sedan only) SE and Titanium trims. Front-wheel drive and a four-cylinder engine are standard. There’s also the new Ford Focus ST hatchback, which offers performance enhancements that include a more powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a sport-tuned suspension.

One year after its full redesign, the compact 2013 Ford Focus sedan and hatchback underwent package shuffling as Ford dropped the previous SEL trim and discontinued the SE Sport package.

Exterior

Exterior

The Ford Focus has a sporty look with an aggressive front fascia, a large lower grille opening and distinctive wraparound headlights. The Focus’ profile reveals a rising beltline, while wraparound taillights and available features like a liftgate spoiler can be found at the rear.

Base models are outfitted with 15-inch steel wheels. Other trims offer 17- or 18-inch painted aluminum wheels that are set within all-season tires. Fog lamps are available, and the Focus ST brings in unique features like performance tires a chin spoiler and HID headlamps.

Interior

Interior

The 2013 Focus provides room for five, although the 60/40-split folding rear seat is ideal for two. Cloth upholstery is standard, while cruise control, ambient lighting, full power accessories, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjusted driver’s seat and dual-zone automatic climate control are available.

The Focus sedan offers 12.8 cubic feet of trunk space. The hatchback provides 15.4 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 26 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

Performance

Performance

The 2013 Focus comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 160 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. This engine comes paired with a five-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission. The Focus’ powerful base engine puts up numbers that are better than what you’ll get with the 2013 Toyota Corolla, Chevrolet Cruze and the base Kia Forte.

The Focus ST offers more power, with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Ford pairs this engine with a six-speed manual transmission.

The 2013 Focus gets its best fuel economy when equipped with an available Super Fuel Economy (SFE) package, delivering an EPA-estimated 28/39 mpg city/highway. The base model makes 26/35 mpg city/highway.

Technology

Technology

A four-speaker stereo system with an auxiliary input jack comes standard in the base Focus, while higher trims bring in standard features like a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port and Ford’s voice-activated Sync system. Ford Focus models equipped with the available Sync with MyFord Touch infotainment system have a 4.2-inch color display in the instrument panel and an 8-inch touch screen in the center stack.

On the safety front, the 2013 Focus is available with an SOS post-crash alert system, as well as parallel park assist, a rearview camera and rear parking sensors.