2015 Ford Focus

What's new for 2015? For 2015, the Ford Focus gets a thorough makeover including exterior, interior, infotainment and safety systems, plus a new fuel-efficient engine option.

Ford's Focus sedan and hatchback have been steadily improving in regard to looks, features and performance. The car's ascent continues in 2015, as both body styles receive a restyled hood, grille, trunk lid and available LED signature lighting. Inside, the materials and dash layout have been improved, and for those in cold climates, there's now an available heated steering wheel.

Although the standard four-cylinder engine and choice of two transmissions remain unchanged on the 2015 Ford Focus, there is an entirely new turbocharged three-cylinder "EcoBoost" engine. It replaces the previously optional SFE package (the high-mileage version of the Focus in previous years) and promises to be a fuel economy leader in the segment. While Ford's engineers were at it, they also recalibrated the Focus' suspension, made a rearview camera standard and brought a slew of new safety options to the stalwart compact including blind-spot monitoring and lane-departure warnings. Finally, the automated parallel parking system returns and Ford's Sync and MyFord Touch infotainment controls benefit from another iteration of improvement and refinement.

As before, the 2015 Focus is offered in a variety of trim levels and as either a four-door sedan or hatchback, so it is likely to appeal to a wide variety of buyers. There's also an EV version, the Focus Electric, which provides about 75 miles of pure electric range that can be recharged in about four hours from a 240-volt power source. Still not something here for you? Well, there's also an especially sporty version, the Focus ST, that's covered in a separate review.

Exterior Highlights
Compact car available in sedan and four-door hatchback body styles. Available in S, SE and Titanium trim levels. The Focus Electric is also available

The 2015 Ford Focus is a compact car that's available in sedan and four-door hatchback body styles. There are three main trim levels available -- S, SE and Titanium -- as well as the Focus Electric.

The S model, which is only offered as a sedan, comes with 15-inch steel wheels; keyless entry; manual air-conditioning; power front windows, power locks and mirrors; integrated blind-spot mirrors; a height-adjustable driver seat; 60/40 split-folding rear seats; a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel; Ford's MyKey (to limit speeds, audio volume, etc. for additional drivers); a rearview camera with 4.2-inch display; Ford's Sync voice-activated phone and audio player interface (includes Bluetooth) and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack.

Move up to the SE and you get 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, cruise control, power rear windows, a trip computer, rear air vents, additional front headrest adjustments, a six-speaker sound system and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. The SE is the hatchback's base trim.

A number of optional packages are available for the SE. The 201A equipment group (a.k.a. the SE Appearance package) includes 17-inch dark-painted aluminum wheels, rear disc brakes, LED running lights, foglamps, a rear spoiler (sedan), ambient interior lighting, leather upholstery, a six-way power driver seat (including power lumbar), an overhead console, rear center armrest and satellite radio.

Choosing 201A also allows you to order the Navigation with Sony and MyFord Touch package that adds dual-zone automatic climate control, a navigation system, an 8-inch center touchscreen and a 10-speaker Sony sound system.

The SE Sport package (requires automatic transmission, not available with 201A) adds different 17-inch aluminum wheels, rear disc brakes, a body kit, foglights, paddle shifters, sport cloth seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The SE EcoBoost package adds all of this but requires a manual transmission paired with the new-for-2015 three-cylinder turbocharged engine.

Some of the above bundled items (like the new engine, MyFord Touch, satellite radio and power front seats) may be ordered individually. Also available are an exterior keypad entry system, remote start (automatic-transmission models only), a sunroof and rear parking sensors. Any 2015 Focus SE may be ordered with the SE Cold Weather package that includes heated front seats, steering wheel and exterior mirrors.

Spring for the Focus Titanium and you get the contents of the 201A package plus the Cold Weather package (minus the heated steering wheel), and the Sony and MyFord Touch packages (minus navigation but with expanded Sync functionality) as standard. The Titanium also has upgraded exterior and interior trim, remote start, keyless ignition and entry, hill-start assist, rear parking sensors and HD radio.

The Titanium Technology package includes automatic high-beam headlight control, a blind-spot warning system, rear cross-traffic alert and lane-departure warning and lane keeping assist. Automatic parallel parking assist (with the automatic transmission) is also available. Rounding out the Titanium's options are 18-inch high-performance all-season tires and a full-size spare, the navigation system and a sunroof.

The Focus Electric is equipped similarly to the Titanium, although leather upholstery and the power driver seat are optional. The Electric gets exclusive xenon headlamps and LED taillamps as standard.

Upscale cabin, attractive interior, optional MyFord Touch System, supportive seats, rearview camera, Ford's MyKey system

While the handsome exteriors of this sedan and hatchback might hook you initially, it's the upscale cabin that will reel you into the Focus fold. The interior is attractive and quiet, and the materials are among the best in this class. And although we've been critical in the past of the optional MyFord Touch system, it continues to improve and evolve. The large touchscreen (combined with the truly useful Sync voice command system) looks classy and provides some neat customization possibilities. Make sure to try out both this setup and the base "MyFord" system extensively on your test-drive to see if you could use it on a daily basis.

The Focus' front seats are supportive and comfortable over long distances. The rear seats offer adequate headroom. The sedan's 13.2-cubic-foot trunk is on par for this class, and this year its rear seats split and fold (rather than a single seatback) to offer more flexibility. The hatchback model remains the better choice for the practical-minded, as it provides 23.8 cubic feet of space with the 60/40-split rear seats up and 44.8 cubic feet with them folded down. Due to its rear-mounted battery pack, the Focus Electric hatchback drops to 14.5 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 33.9 cubic feet total.

Standard safety features include antilock brakes (rear drums on S and SE; rear discs on the others), stability control, a driver knee airbag, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. The Ford Sync system, which is available on all Focus models, also includes an emergency crash notification feature that automatically dials 911 when paired with a compatible cell phone. A rearview camera and Ford's MyKey system (which can be used to set certain parameters for teen drivers) are standard.

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