With the 2013 Focus, Ford has developed a new dynamic style and kinetic design for the mid-size sedan field. The aerodynamic body surface has improved wind resistance leading to more efficiency and less influence from wind elements.
Easy-to-find controls for the optional SYNC with MyFord Touch, combined with quality material such as that found on the available leather trimmed seating, help to settle you into an interior designed around you.
The 2013 Focus is motivated by a 2.0 L Ti-VCT 4-cylinder engine which produces 160 hp and 146 lb-ft torque, or a 2.0 L EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine which produces 252 hp and 207 lb-ft torque. There is also a Focus Electric plug-in vehicle powered by a 23-kWh lithium-ion battery and a 92-kW motor, producing 143 hp and 184 lb-ft torque.
The Focus goes all out with technology including lane departure prevention, active cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot warning, and cross traffic alert. Focus also has torque vectoring control and available sport suspension that will greater handling on the road, especially the corners.
The 2013 Focus comes in four models (S, SE, Titanium, and ST) allowing you the flexibility to choose which one is best for you. The S model is the least expensive starting at $16,200, up to the Titanium 5-door at $24,200. Focus comes in a 4-door or 5-door body style for the SE and Titanium models, while the S base model is only available as a sedan and the ST is only available as a 5-door hatchback.
The non-turbo 2.0 L engine is rated at 27 mpg/city to 38 mpg/highway with the Powershift 6-speed auto. My driving experience netted about 33 mpg.
While S and SE are standard-equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission, Titanium includes the 6-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission in its standard features. Also included for the Titanium is dual-zone climate control. The base S comes with power front windows while the SE and Titanium are equipped with power front and rear windows.
The most distinguishing feature of the ST is the 2.0 L EcoBoost engine producing 252 hp and 270 lb-ft torque, which is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and rides on unique ST sport suspension and 18” alloy wheels. No other transmission is available for the ST.
Outside, Focus has 15” wheels on the S, 16” wheels on the SE, and 17” wheels on Titanium. SE and Titanium models are also standard-equipped with body-color door mirrors with integrated turn-signal indicators. It also automatic headlamps providing a well lit night pathway while adding a distinct character to the outside of the vehicle.
It was my good fortune to drive Focus through the hills that surround part of Los Angeles. Whether manevuering around hairpin curves or taking on steep hills, Focus never lost its poise and never felt winded when making a quick passing move, all the while feeling most comfortable. It has cozy seats and offers plenty of leg-room, even for passengers in the back.
These are just some of the many compelling characteristics of this car.
The latter part of one day was spent driving the coast highway. Malibu and the Pacific never looked more beautiful. Surfers were on their boards, playful gulls glided on their currents of air, while I motored past it all in my classy Ford Focus.
The 2013 Focus offers a very impressive first impression that remains compelling throughout the riding experience. While driving it I felt I was a witness to first-class technology in a small car bred for a spirited personality.
When I drove I had my eyes on the landscape, but Focus kept eyes on the road.
Durhl Caussey writes a car column read around the world. He may be reached at this newspaper or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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