2017 Ford Focus Electric

Pros: Surprisingly fun to drive; positive traits of comparable gas-engine Focuses carry over intact; capable of relatively fast Level 2 charging

Cons: Cargo area compromised by battery pack; cramped rear-seat space; high price premium over conventional gas-engine counterparts

CG Says: For 2017, Focus Electric has increased driving range and reduced charging time. The EPA-estimated driving range jumps from 76 miles to 115 miles. Ford claims that a new DC fast charger can deliver 75 miles of range in half an hour. Ford Focus is a compact electric car with seating for five. The front-wheel-drive car is powered by a 143-horsepower electric motor. Focus Electric is among the more rewarding pure-electric vehicles to drive. And, for the most part, it feels like a conventional Focus. Prices are high compared to the gas-engine Focuses, but competitive with both the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Bolt. If your goal is to be green and drive a car no one will suspect is electric, the Focus Electric is a fine choice. Note that Focus Electric is available only in select Ford dealerships.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Ford
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices Base: $29,120

Base Engine
electric motor
Horsepower
143
Std. Transmission
1-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
118 MPGe
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
96 MPGe