2014 Ford Focus Electric Automatic Sedan FWD 

  • $35k
  • 23 kWh Plug-in EV
  • 110 city 99 hwy
9.7 Out of 10
$35,170
 
Throughout much of the 2014 Ford Focus lineup, you'll find performance that isn't particularly quick in terms of acceleration, but very sporty if you value crisp steering response and agile handling.
by The Car Connection (Apr, 2014)
The 2014 Ford Focus stretches, arguably, between three tiers of vehicles in the U.S.: S and SE models make a reasonably strong value proposition against other compact sedans and hatches.
by The Car Connection (Apr, 2014)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the Ford Focus Electric

Affordability

Will it break the bank?

Focus Electric
8.7
LEAF S
9.4
Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

Focus Electric
10.0
LEAF S
10.0
EPA highway mileage

Air quality

Help the world breathe easier with higher scores.

Focus Electric
10.0
LEAF S
10.0
EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

Higher scores leave less of an impact on global warming.

Focus Electric
10.0
LEAF S
10.0
combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score

9.7

RideNerd Score

Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

Focus Electric
9.7
LEAF S
9.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Ford Focus Electric

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

Focus Electric
10

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

Focus Electric
10

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Focus Electric
$7,632
Model S Base
$14,637
500 Sport
$5,078

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Focus Electric
$598
500 Sport
$1,578

Reviews Word on the street for the Ford Focus Electric


8.8
Actually, our most significant complaint is of the instrument-panel design; with its sharp, angular design, it tends to cut into front passenger knee space.

9.0

7.0
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.

Overall

8.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Performance

The Focus makes some major strides in powertrain refinement; in nearly any of the models, you can hit redline without the boomy, thrashy sounds that were a small-car commonplace not too long ago.
by The Car Connection (Apr, 2014)
As for the PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmission, it does a good job keeping the revs up when you need them, but it can be rough at times at lower speeds.
by The Car Connection (Apr, 2014)
The 160-hp, 2.0-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine that powers most of the lineup comes paired with either a five-speed manual gearbox or six-speed PowerShift dual-clutch automatic.
by The Car Connection (Apr, 2014)

Body style

It can feel more like a European sport sedan than a budget-priced hatchback.
by The Car Connection (Apr, 2014)
Safety-wise, the Focus holds strong; it's one of the few compact sedans to have earned both a five-star NCAP Overall Score and IIHS Top Safety Pick status—although results aren't yet out in the tough new IIHS small overlap frontal test.
by The Car Connection (Apr, 2014)
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.
by KBB (Jun, 2013)

Styling

The styling of the high-performance ST variant is nicely restrained compared to some other hot hatches in this category-with larger wheels, a somewhat lower stance, and different lower bodywork being the key differences.
by The Car Connection (Apr, 2014)
With its internationally-inspired engineering and design foundations, the 2014 Ford Focus delivers a first-class driving experience.
by KBB (Jun, 2013)
Some buyers might find the styling just a bit much.
by KBB (Jun, 2013)

Powertrain

Most Focus models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine; with direct injection and variable valve timing, it makes 160 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque, and it's paired with either a five-speed manual gearbox or six-speed PowerShift dual-clutch automatic.
by The Car Connection (Apr, 2014)
Opt for the manual gearbox and the ratings are a bit lower—mainly because the five-speed allows revs to be a bit higher on the highway, we think.
by The Car Connection (Apr, 2014)
It instead comes with a 240-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that allows the Focus to get to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds, and to a top speed of 155 mph.
by The Car Connection (Apr, 2014)

Interior

Trims and finishes look classy and inviting; the turquoise gauge pointers are a nice touch; and there's a nicely tailored look to the entire interior that extends to door trim and even seats-especially in those top Titanium models.
by The Car Connection (Apr, 2014)
The interior of the 2014 Focus is spacious and comfortable, with the refinement of a larger vehicle; we just wish the instrument panel didn't take up so much space.
by The Car Connection (Apr, 2014)
On the other hand, Ford has gone with more of an open design for the Fusion, so the look of the Focus (and Fiesta) instrument panel might be a mere blip in the evolution of Ford interiors.
by The Car Connection (Apr, 2014)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Ford
Body style Sedan
Model year 2014
MSRP $35k
Annual cost $7,632

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 4.3 m³
CO2 per car made 0.9 metric ton
Energy per car made 2,449 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 9 kg

power & handling

Max HP 143 HP
Power-to-weight ratio 25.45 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.7 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 9 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio Standard
Entertainment system N/A

features

Cruise control Standard
Front A/C N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof N/A
Navigation system N/A
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering N/A
Power windows Standard

emissions

EPA smog score 10
EPA GHG score 10
Combined CO2/mile 0 g
Lifetime CO2 emissions 0 tons

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 0.0L
Air compressor None
Fuel Plug-in EV
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 1-speed Automatic 2WD
Battery capacity 23 kWh

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Trailing arm
Front brakes 10.94 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10.67 in Disc
Front wheel width 225 mm
Front wheel diameter 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 50

safety features

Active head restraints No
Airbags
  1. Head curtain
  2. Knee
  3. Driver
  4. Passenger
  5. Side
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera N/A
Rear sensor Standard
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 71.8 in
Front track width 60.5 in
Height 58.2 in
Length 172.9 in
Wheelbase 104.3 in
Curb weight 3,640 lb
Has a rear spoiler Yes
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 54 ft³
Rear seat room 39 ft³
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There is an amazing amount of wrong information in this section. In the Ford Focus Electric "Give It To Me Straight" the information is all about the Focus ST and Titanium - ALL ICE cars. What in the world is this doing under the Electric? There is plenty of press about the Electric. The average rating you total up is for the Ford Focus Gasoline powered car - NOT the electric. And then you got the sound system information wrong, the Ford Focus Electric has a Sony audio system, not Generic brand. All Electrics come standard with navigation built in, they have keyless ignition (or on off switch essentially), they have power steering, a rear camera, and the body style is hatchback NOT sedan. Your Kelley Blue Book quotes are all for the Ford Focus ICE, not the electric. Where in the world do you source all this "data". If you can't get simple things like this right, how in the world can anybody trust the bigger things?
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