Don’t wait to buy a new Ford Focus. The last of them are rolling out of dealerships and into people’s driveways as we speak. So if you know you want to buy one, get out there and get one now. If you’re still on the fence, read this article to make up your mind, but read fast! The 2018 was the last model year for the Ford Focus in domestic markets. Once they’re gone, they’re gone for good.
You can afford an impulse buy with the 2018 Ford Focus. Because, starting at $17,860, the Focus is about $1,000 less than the average compact sedan. Even at this low price, you get a standard 4.2-inch infotainment display, Ford's SYNC system, two USB ports, Bluetooth, voice recognition, four-speaker audio system, and rearview camera.
But we really recommend stepping up to the SE trim level, starting at $19,150. With that trim, you add satellite radio, cruise control, six-speaker sound system, power windows throughout the car, center armrest with storage, and rear-seat heat vents. Either way you go, there’s a great car waiting for you.
The other advantage of upgrading to the SE trim level is getting the turbocharged inline-3 engine for jaw-dropping fuel savings. We’re talking about 30 city miles and 40 highway miles per gallon. That’s great in sedans in general, and pretty good even in this lightweight class.
On the whole, the 2018 Ford Focus has a sporty, but tasteful, look. Just a hint of flared fenders, and a body that seems to be leaning forward as if itching to move, the Focus says sporty without being silly. The hatchback might just be even more attractive, with European flair and unique tail lights. Everything looks sleek and aerodynamic. With the hatchback open, there’s a cavernous mouth ready to swallow up to 23.3 cubic feet of storage.
The 2018 Ford Focus comes standard with a 160-horsepower inline-4 engine. But there are three more to choose from, not counting the electric engine on the Focus Electric. There’s the fuel-thrifty inline-3 we already discussed, the 252-horsepower turbocharged inline-4, and the sizzling 350-horsepower turbocharged inline-4. That’s a tremendous amount of power in a car this size. The Focus RS can climb from zero to 60 in just four and a half seconds. Blistering speed.
The real magic of any Ford Focus is its nimble handling. The suspension is expertly tuned and sporty. No matter the trim level, you’ll love winding country roads and weaving through highway traffic. Steering is responsive, the transmission knows its job, and the overall feeling is a satisfying ride.
So before the Ford Focus goes away forever, give one a spin. You just might find yourself signing on the dotted line, and making this, the last of its kind, your own to keep.