2014 Ford Focus hatchback

Pros: Acceleration in ST model; sporty driving character; high-quality interior trim; impressive fuel economy

Cons: Tight rear-seat space; higher-end models get quite pricey; glitch-prone behavior of MyFord Touch system; not all drivers like behavior of automated-manual transmission

CG Says: Focus is a sporty, fun-to-drive compact that can be ordered with some unexpected high-end equipment. We like the manual transmission more than the automated manual, and we still haven’t been won over by the MyFord Touch control interface. Focus prices range from class-competitive to surprisingly expensive for loaded Titanium models. The ST promises lots of muscle, but we were a bit disappointed in the front-drive car’s ability to get it to the road. While it’s not our favorite compact, Focus is still worth your consideration.

2014 Ford Focus sedan
2014 Ford Focus ST