Looking through the various options for engines and transmissions in the Ford Focus lineup can be confusing at first. Ford has done a good job of providing the performance some customers seek with certain options and the fuel efficiency others need with other options. This means any person seriously looking at the Ford Focus should determine whether they need more horsepower and torque or fuel economy before they get down to the small details of each trim level.
The base option is a 2.0 L four-cylinder engine with 160 hp and 146-pound-feet of torque. The small engine pairs well with the light, narrow profile of the car’s exterior. On the sedan body style, you can expect a fuel efficiency in the range of 25/34 MPG city/highway. This engine is standard on the S, SE Hatch, SEL Hatch, and Titanium trim levels.
People wanting more fuel efficiency have a few different options. The SE Sedan trim comes with an intercooled turbo regular I-3 1.0L engine. Performance seekers may find this three-cylinder option to be underpowered, but customers wanting more fuel efficiency without an all-electric drivetrain will appreciate the 30/40 miles per gallon city/highway fuel efficiency. This engine won’t get you anywhere quickly, but it will help you save on the gas bills.
The all-electric drivetrain offers the most amount of fuel efficiency available with the Ford Focus. Using an electric motor to power the front wheels, the electric version tops out at around 143 hp and 184-pound-feet of torque. On a single charge, this option will get around 110/99 MPGe which is perfect for casual driving in urban or rural environments. If you want something with a longer range and fuel efficiency, you may want to consider the three-cylinder engine option instead.
Ford has reserved one of the top trim levels for true performance seekers. The sports-oriented RS hatch comes with an intercooled turbo premium I-4 2.3L four-cylinder engine. Featuring all-wheel-drive, 350 hp, and 350 pound-feet of torque, this version of the Ford Focus is as close to the rally car set up as you can get. Fuel efficiency, unfortunately, decreases to an average 19/26 mpg city/highway.