The Ford Focus is a popular compact car because of its good looks and impressive handling. With a wide selection of trims available, it's also versatile enough to meet the needs of almost every compact car buyer. It remains relatively the same for 2018, offering only style-related changes such as new paint colors and a new appearance package.

Trim Levels

The 2018 Focus is available in six different trims: the base S, SE, SEL, ST, RS, and Titanium. All models are offered in sedan and hatchback versions, except the hatchback-only ST and RS. The Focus is a sharp-looking car with well-balanced curves and pleasing lines. Its distinctive grille and angular headlights give it a sleek front end, while its rising window line adds a dramatic appeal. This year, it comes with four new colors: Hot Pepper Red, Outrageous Green, Blue, and Lightning Blue. In addition, the SE trim gets a new styling package.


The most common engine for the 2018 Focus is a 160-hp 2.0-liter inline-four. It uses a five-speed manual, six-speed dual-clutch, or six-speed automatic transmission to deliver power to the front wheels. Also available is a more fuel-efficient 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine with 123 hp. When paired with a six-speed manual transmission, this engine gives the car 30/40 mpg (city/highway).

The ST and RS are designed with performance in mind. Featuring a 2.0-liter turbo-four that produces 240 hp, the ST can sprint from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. The most powerful engine in the lineup is found under the hood of the RS. The 2.3-liter turbo-four churns out 350 hp combined with AWD and its own six-speed manual transmission.


The new Focus sets itself apart from its competitors with its impressive handling. It handles twisty roads and corners with aplomb, thanks to its responsive chassis and quick steering. The ST and RS offer a more spirited driving experience with upgraded steering and suspension systems. The ST comes with variable-ratio steering, wider-mounted rear suspension, and special performance tires, while the RS features an adjustable sport suspension, sport exhaust, stronger brakes, and stability control with Track and Drift modes.


On the inside, the 2018 Focus features comfortable seats and a logically-organized dashboard. If you want a more comfortable ride, you can get optional features such as a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable driver's seat, and heated front seats. As for tech features, the car comes standard with voice command, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, and a basic SYNC infotainment system with a 4.2-inch display. The infotainment unit can be upgraded to an 8-inch system with navigation, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

Safety Features

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Ford Focus five-star ratings for overall crash safety, front-impact safety, and side-impact safety. The car has a rearview camera and front and side airbags as standard equipment. Additionally, it offers optional driver assistance features such as automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, lane-departure alert, rear parking sensors, and parking assistance.

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