2014 Ford Focus

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The 2014 Ford Focus is a compact car that is available in four-door sedan and hatchback body styles. The 2014 Ford Focus available trim levels:  S, SE and Titanium and the Focus Electric. The high-performance 2014 Ford Focus is reviewed separately. The 2014 Ford Focus S model, which is only offered as a sedan, comes with steel wheels 15-inch, keyless entry, air conditioning, electric front windows, locks and mirrors, driver’s seat adjustable in height, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel and a sound system with four speakers with CD player and auxiliary audio input.

Move up to the SE and alloy wheels of 16 inches, automatic headlights, cruise control, the trip computer, rear electric windows,  the Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a sound system with six speakers, telephone voice-activated Ford is obtained Sync and audio interface and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. The tailgate is quite similar, but with a split-folding 60/40 back and a removable cargo cover.

A number of option packages are available for the SE. SE Sport Package adds sport cloth seats, rear disc brakes and leather steering wheel. The 2014 Ford Focus SE Appearance Package is more expansive and alloy wheels wearing 17-inch rear disc brakes, fog lights, interior mood lighting, power driver’s six-way, leather, 60/40 folding rear seats with seat separation for the sedan and satellite radio. Choosing this package a couple of packages Trend Interior color schemes featuring two tones opens. SE Winter Package adds heated mirrors and heated front seats.

There is also the MyFord Touch package, which includes a 8-inch touch screen, a 10-speaker Sony sound system, the navigation system and the dual-zone automatic climate control. Optional only on 2014 Ford Focus SE sedan is a Super Fuel Economy Package (SFE), which adds steel wheels 16-inch wheel covers aerodynamics, tires with low rolling resistance, rear disc brakes and a rear spoiler.  Spring for the Titanium model and package content is obtained Appearance SE, winter package and packages MyFord Touch as standard. Titanium has also updated the exterior and rear parking sensors, interior trim, remote start keyless ignition/entry and a rearview camera.

Titanium Handling Package adds 18-inch wheels, improved sports suspension, a full-size spare and summer tires. The navigation system is optional for titanium. A sunroof and aero style body kit is optional for the SE and Titanium. Titanium can be had with a system of automated parallel parking.  The Focus Electric (BEV) is equipped similarly to titanium, although the leather upholstery and electric driver’s seat are optional. The Electric gets xenon headlights and LED taillights exclusive series.

2014 Ford Focus Interior

While the handsome exterior of this sedan and hatchback can you hook in the beginning, is the luxurious cabin that will reel in the 2014 Ford Focus. The 2014 Ford Focus interior is attractive and quiet, and materials that are among the best in its class. However, the layout of the controls of audio is a bit complicated, even at lower trim levels. There is nothing better with the optional MyFord Touch, either system. The large touch screen looks classy and offers some possibilities for customization and impeccable. But in the real-world performance, we found that virtual buttons are difficult to identify at a glance, and too often accidentally pressed or respond adequately. Be sure to try this on a test drive and plan to take some time to learn the menus if you buy a 2014 Focus.

The front seats are supportive and comfortable over long distances. The rear seats offer adequate space, but up a little short on legroom, compared to the accommodation at the Honda Civic and Volkswagen Jetta. 13.2 cubic feet of trunk sedan are on par for this class, but the hatchback model is still the best option for the practice of mind. The latter offers 23.8 cubic feet of space with the 60/40-split rear seats up and 44.8 cubic feet with the folded down. The 2014 Ford Focus Electric hatchback, due to its rear-mounted battery is reduced to 14.5 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 33.9 cubic feet overall.

2014 Ford Focus Engine

The front-wheel-drive 2014 Ford Focus is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that puts out 160 P and 146 pound-feet of torque. The S and SE models get a standard five-speed manual transmission, while an automatic that calls Ford “Powershift” six-speed is optional. The automatic transmission is standard on the Titanium, but the manual transmission is available as a no cost option. In performance testing, a 2014 Ford Focus Titanium with the automatic went from zero to 60 mph in 8.7 seconds – a little faster than average for this segment. With the manual, which is reduced to 8.3 seconds.

Official EPA estimates for fuel economy are at 27 mpg city/38 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined with the automatic transmission. These drop to 26/36/30 with manual. The Ford Super Fuel Economy package raises those estimates for 28/40/33, which we confirmed to be accurate as extensive testing fuel economy.  The Focus Electric has a 107 kW electric drive motor that is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion 23kWh. Power is sent to the front wheels through a direct drive single speed. In performance tests, the electric went from zero to 60 mph in 9.6 seconds, which is about same as leaf.

The EPA gives the Focus Electric equivalent energy efficiency rating (MPG) of 110 mpg city/99 mpg highway and 105 mpg combined. The 2014 Ford Focus Electric EPA also estimates as an effective range of about 76 miles between charging. But as with all electric cars, the actual range will depend heavily on driving style and environment. EPA also gives the Ford Focus Electric an estimated consumption of 32 kWh energy used for 100 miles, a rate slightly higher than the sheet and Fit EV use. With a home charger 240 volt, Ford says the Focus Electric can be recharged in 4 hours – about the same as a sheet, but a little longer than for a Fit EV.

2014 Ford Focus Safety

Standard safety features include antilock brakes, front side airbags, stability control and side curtain airbags. The Ford Sync system, which available on all Focus models, also includes a notification feature that automatically accident emergency, dial 911 when combined with a compatible mobile phone. Ford MyKey system, which can be used to set certain parameters for teen drivers, is standard on all 2014 Ford Focus Sedan except S. A rearview camera is standard on the Focus Titanium.

In brake testing, a Focus Titanium with the handling package and summer tires stopped from 60 mph in 110 feet, an impressive performance. An approach with the SFE package stopped in 117 feet, which is impressive considering its tires with low rolling resistance. One common Focus SE with rear disc brakes and standard all season tires stopped at a below average level of 130 feet. The electric took 126 feet.  In government crash tests, the Focus received four of five stars for overall crash protection, with four stars for overall frontal crash protection and five stars for overall side impact protection. The Insurance Institute for the Highway Safety awarded the focus of its highest rating of best in tests, side and frontal-offset resistance of the 2014 Ford Focus roof.

2014 Ford Focus Hatchback