2014 Ford Focus Expert Review

3.5 Overall Score
Performance 3.5 Comfort 3.4 Styling 3.8 Value 3.1

Editor's Overview

Ford’s 2014 Focus is the result of some of the most sophisticated engineering and design standards available. It’s near or at the top of the class in technology, comfort, features, the driving experience, and safety, and is available as a 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback, in several trim levels, and even as a pure electric car.

You'll Like The 2014 Ford Focus If...

Want an efficient compact sedan with style, efficiency, technology and comfort that's still fun to drive? Give the 2014 Focus your close attention.

You May Not Like The 2014 Ford Focus If...

Some buyers might find the styling just a bit much. And if the pure bottom line is your main consideration, such competitors as the Chevy Cruze, Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte can deliver solid transportation value for less money.

What's New

For 2014, the only change of any significance for the Focus is a new Sport Appearance Package for the SE trim level, consisting of sport cloth seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and an available rear spoiler.

Interior Features

While not the roomiest in its class, the cabin on the Focus boasts the look and feel of a more expensive car, reinforcing that premium character with loads of soft-touch surfaces and an abundance of sound-attenuation materials. Legible instrumentation and well-positioned controls in all versions are complemented by an 8.0-inch full-color touch-screen that replaces the normal multifunction display on Titanium models with the MyFord Touch infotainment and navigation system. The rear seat is scaled for two mid-sized adults but decently padded for three kids. Folding the 60/40 rear seatbacks to a semi-flat position adds utility to the regular Sedan's 13.2-cubic foot conventional trunk and raises the capacity of the Hatchback's cargo area from 23.8 to 44.8 cubic feet. However, the battery pack puts a big dent in cargo space on the Focus Electric.

Exterior Features

The Focus sedan and hatchback embody an aggressive and aerodynamic look that is effectively reinforced by a lower, sleeker windshield rake and flowing roofline set off by smartly-stylized headlight and taillight treatments. Filling its tastefully-flared fenderwells are wheel and tire packages that range from 195/65 all-season tires on 15-inch steel wheels on the Focus S Sedan to 215/55 tires with 17-inch aluminum rims on Titanium models. The top-line Focus Titanium is also available with an optional 18-inch wheel upgrade that includes 235/40 performance tires as well as a sport-tuned suspension.

Driving Impressions

With its internationally-inspired engineering and design foundations, the 2014 Ford Focus delivers a first-class driving experience. All trim levels are noted for a comfortable feel to the ride combined with quick response and confidence-inspiring stability. The higher trim-level Focus Titanium, when fitted with the optionally-available 18-inch wheels and 40-series tires, tends to ride a little firmer but handle even more responsively. For those times when bad weather or tricky situations require some assistance, the AdvanceTrak stability control, in combination with a torque-vectoring control system that transfers power to the wheel with the most grip, keeps things on course. With front disc/rear drum brakes on the Focus S and 4-wheel discs on higher trim levels, the brakes deliver sure stops. Even the Focus Electric can be considered fun to drive.

Pricing Notes

The 2014 Focus S has a Manufacturer’s suggested Retail Price (MSRP) around $17,000, the high-volume SE Sedan is around $19,000, and the SE hatch will be near $20,000. The Titanium sedan and hatch are around $24,000 and $25,000, respectively, and will be above the $27-$28K range when heavily optioned. Those numbers may have some buyers considering alternative choices, particularly the Hyundai Elantra sedan and GT 5-door, both of which cost less and have a slightly better retained value. Priced at around $40,000 without the federal tax credits or other incentives, the Focus Electric requires buyers to commit some green to go green. Check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to find out what buyers are really paying for the 2014 Ford Focus. We expect the Focus to retain its value about as well as the Dodge Dart and Chevy Cruze, but below the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and some other imports.

Notable Equipment

Even the base Focus S sedan boasts an impressive complement of power assists, air conditioning, tilt/telescoping steering column, keyless remote entry, AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio, anti-lock disc/drum brakes and front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, while the SE adds SYNC with MyFord Driver Connect, cruise control, folding rear seat, 4-wheel discs, programmable MyKey and 16-inch tires on alloy wheels. The Titanium trim level has leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, push-button starting, SYNC/MyFord Touch, a 10-speaker Sony HD sound system, Sirius Satellite Radio and a 17-inch wheel and tire package. The richly-appointed Focus Electric features unique eco-fabric seat covers and adds voice-activated navigation.

Notable Options

The Focus S 4-door is available with the 6-speed dual-clutch auto-shifter and remote starting. SE models offer an Appearance Package (leather, 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, satellite radio, rear spoiler, and more), Interior Style Package (2-tone leather-trimmed seats, coordinated interior finish and steering wheel, premium floor mats, and more), Sport Package (sport cloth seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and available rear spoiler). Also available are a Winter Package, Appearance Black Package, Super Fuel Economy Package, power moonroof and navigation. Focus Titanium buyers can choose a 5-speed manual transmission, moonroof, navigation, the Technology Package, Style Packages, a Winter Package and a Handling Package.

Favorite Features

MYFORD TOUCH

Standard on Titanium trim levels, Ford's top-line infotainment and telematics package is based on an even more advanced – and now more user-friendly – application of the automaker's acclaimed SYNC voice-command system and includes a premium 10-speaker Sony sound system, with HD Radio, media hub, in-car Wi-Fi access and more.

GREAT DRIVING EXPERIENCE

Ford engineers went the extra mile to give the 2014 Focus commendable road manners and comfort, which is something we really appreciate.

Under the Hood

All conventional 2014 Focus models are fitted with a naturally-aspirated, direct-injected 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that uses Ford's twin-independent variable camshaft timing. This smooth free-revver makes 160 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque and can be paired with a 5-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic. On the SE with Sport Package and Titanium models, the automated-manual transmission adds SelectShift capability via a rocker switch on the shift lever. Auto-shifted SE sedans with the mileage-maxing SFE Package rate a 40-mpg EPA highway rating but the economy star is the Focus Electric. With a 143-horsepower permanent-magnet motor energized by a 23 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, this ultra-clean hatchback returns a remarkable 105 MPGe combined rating from the EPA.

2.0-liter inline-4

160 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm

146 lb-ft of torque @ 4,450 rpm

EPA City/highway fuel economy: 26/36 mpg (manual), 28/38 mpg (automatic), 27/37 mpg (SelectShift automatic), 28/40 mpg (SFE trim, automatic)

Synchronous electric motor/generator

23kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack

107kW/143 horsepower

184 lb-ft of torque

Projected range: 76 miles

Editors' Notes

In the intensely-competitive compact-car market, the details count for everything, and the 2014 Ford Focus covers those details. The Focus looks great on the outside without giving the impression it will fade from fashion in the next six months. The inside is modern and comfortable – it’s spacious and offers a generous assortment of premium features and touches with the ascending trim levels of S, SE and Titanium. You can have the Ford Focus as a 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback, and it’s fully competitive with all the likely suspects, including the import nameplates of Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Nissan Sentra, Toyota Corolla and Mazda Mazda3, and its fellow domestics the Chevy Cruze and Dodge Dart. Shopping in this market segment? The Focus deserves your attention.

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My daily joy... my Ford Focus!

2014 Ford Focus Titanium

I love my 2014 Ford Focus! I bought it used and came from a SUV to this and was a little afraid it would be too small for large grocery runs but I've yet to be dissatisfied! I've been able to fit $423.17 of groceries, all bags, in the back plus 4 cases of water, a new laundry basket, microwave in its new box, and a stick vacuum in it all in one trip with no problem and there was still PLENTY of space for a large suitcase and then some! Yes, I forgot I had this car when I was shopping! Lol but after that day I've never worried again about how much I could get in it! Anyway, besides space, this car is comfortable and has everything you could ask for in a vehicle and all at your fingertips. I especially like the fact that the lock/unlock button for the doors is on the front dash panel so you or the passenger can reach it. It's all upfront! Heating/cooling is at your fingertips or on screen. There are many different positions for the driver's seat: up, down, forward, back. If you can't see out of this car and be comfortable you'll never find a car! The gas mileage is GREAT! I only fill up once a week and I drive everywhere and sit in traffic 30+ mins both ways to work. I'm in love with the fact that it doesn't have a gas cap! It's amazing that the door to it seals it up and is so much faster at gas stations! Love it! This vehicle handles like I dream too! I just got rid of my Cadillac SRX and you couldn't trade me another car for my Ford Focus! I'm in love! Buy yourself one and you'll experience my daily joy!

- Patricia S

Manual's make driving a novel experience every time.

2014 Ford Focus

The only issue I have with my car is that when I got it had 78, 000 miles on it. I got my car in 2017, it was only 3 years old, but that is not ford's fault. I love my car because it is a manual. Driving a manual is always an experience. The reason I bought a new vehicle was because my last one was having so many problems. My last car was a 2002 Ford Escape and it would break down every 3 months. I have had my Focus for 1. 5 years now and I have yet to have any problems where it has failed me. I recently bought new tires and had to change my transmission fluid (I just reached 95, 000 miles). The only thing about the Escape I miss, that the Focus does not have, is the 4 wheel drive. I have yet to drive it home, so I do not know how it does in the snow. One of my favorite features on my Focus is the heated seats. It makes my driving in cold mornings a lot more comfortable. Overall my experience so far has been very pleasing. I would by a second Focus in the future. I really like the ones with the hatchbacks and the newer models are very sleek. Another feature that my 2014 Focus has, that I really enjoy, is the bluetooth and sync capabilities. It makes driving long distances more enjoyable. However, recently I have noticed a slight issue with the windshield wipers, they freeze every now and then. This might be because I recently swapped them out.

- Lee Anna B

The Ford Focus is both reliable and comfortable.

2014 Ford Focus

Some of the things I like about my car are that it gets great gas mileage and is very reliable - it has never broken down in the almost 5 years I have owned it, even after I have driven it across the country multiple times. In addition it has heated seats (as part of the winter package) which come in handy during the colder months. I have also never had an issue driving in the snow, even without winter tires. The Bluetooth features are also very useful, especially with the new hands-free driving laws here in Georgia. I also like that my side mirrors have blind spot mirrors on them for increased visibility. The back seats are also fairly roomy for a small car and it is small enough to fit into tight spots but also large enough to comfortably fit all my friends as well as our luggage in the trunk. I also like that my car alerts me when the tire pressure is low and has a display above the steering wheel showing the current miles per gallon, trip information, vehicle information, and estimated miles left in the gas tank, as well as other things. Recently, though, it has had some transmission issues and it does not accelerate nearly as quickly or smoothly as it used to. I took it in to get fixed about a year ago and it was fine for a little while but the issues have started coming back. Other than that I love my car!

- Haley B

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