Cons: The dashboard will feel a bit too cluttered and space-invading for some, while others will lament the lack of a sixth gear on the manual transmission in most trim levels. The backseat is a little short on legroom, and the various high-tech options can boost the above-average price in a hurry.
2014 Ford Focus Price: The sedan starts at $15,999. Higher-end SE and Titanium models retail from $18,799 and $23,999, respectively. Add $1,200 for the automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 5-door SE hatchback carries a base MSRP of $19,699. The 5-door Titanium comes in at $24,899, and the top-of-the-line ST costs $29,999.
2014 Ford Focus Fuel Economy: Whichever model and transmission you select, expect an average fuel consumption in the 6.5-7.0L/100km range. Add a litre for the sporty ST.
Improvements and Changes: For 2014, the Ford Focus is essentially unchanged.
2014 Ford Focus Powertrain: The standard 2.0L 4-cylinder engine with direct injection pumps out 160 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque, while the Focus ST's 2.0L turbocharged EcoBoost variant produces 252 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. A 5- or 6-speed (ST) manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission (with available paddle shifters) transfers power to the front wheels.
Cargo Capacity: The sedan can hold up to 374 litres in its trunk, while the hatchback offers 674 litres of cargo room (1,269 litres with the rear seats folded).
Safety: Seven airbags and AdvanceTrac electronic stability control with ABS are standard on every Ford Focus. The base S and SE models use a front disc/rear drum brake setup, while others benefit from four-wheel discs. The optional active park assist system takes the stress out of parallel parking.
Comparing the 2014 Ford Focus: There are plenty of compact sedans and hatchbacks out there including the Chevrolet Cruze, Dodge Dart, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Honda Civic, Mazda3, Mitsubishi Lancer, Nissan Sentra, Subaru Impreza, Toyota Corolla/Matrix, and Volkswagen Golf/Jetta.