Ford has had a history of building subpar compact cars – remember the Fiesta and Escort? That all changed with the introduction of the Focus. Finally, Ford had a dependable, fun compact car in their lineup.
HISTORY OF THE FORD FOCUS
First Generation (2000-2008)
The Focus made its North American debut in 2000 as a sedan, wagon or hatchback. The base engine was a 2.0L 4-cylinder mated to either a four-speed automatic or 5-speed manual. Front-wheel drive was the only choice for getting power to the pavement. For driving enthusiast, a sporty ZX3 model was also offered.
Second Generation (2008-2011)
Model year 2008 saw the introduction of the second generation. While not completely new, the Focus did get numerous updates. Both the interior and exterior were redesigned for a more modern feel. Most of the mechanical components were left unchanged, but Ford’s Sync infotainment system was added to the list of optional equipment.
Third Generation (2012-present)
The third generation is where the magic happens. The 2012 model debuted sporting a complete redesign both inside and out. The exterior is much more distinctive than the previous generation with an aggressive front fascia and smooth side panels. Under the hood, you’ll find a brand new 2.0L 4-cylinder engine mated to either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic. An electric version is also available, powered by a 107-kilowatt electric drive motor. Standard equipment found all 2008 models includes keyless entry, air-conditioning, power front windows, power locks and mirror, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and AUX audio jack.
In 2013 and 2014, the Focus remained basically unchanged. However, in 2015, the Focus got an in depth makeover. Changes include: a revised exterior and interior, upgraded infotainment and safety systems, and the addition of a 1.0L turbocharged 3-cylinder engine.