The Ford Focus has always been held in high regards when it comes to the entry-level sedan market. It’s cheaper than most, reliable, sporty and is back by the automotive giant known as Ford. After spending a week with the 2015 Focus SE, we found that the previously stated sentiments hold true for the newer models.
Sporting a new look, the ’15 Focus SE is as attractive as it’s ever been. Both the front and rear ends look fresh and appealing, breathing life into the a model that’s been around for years. For our example’s wheels, we had the 16-inch painted aluminum wheels, which were actually very attractive. Overall, the outside of this new Focus was very pleasing to the eye when you consider it has a starting price tag of $18,460.
On the inside is where its low price is made more apparent. No, this isn’t a bad thing, as all you need in a car like this are the essentials. Everything you would normal interact with, like the media controls and AC, were easily within reach and were simple enough to adjust within moments of sitting in the car. Unfortunately, I was not too fond of the media display screen, as it sat pretty far forward and was a bit too small for my liking. As far as comfort goes, I couldn’t complain; the seats were comfortable in both the front and back, granted the back seats could have used a bit more room. Overall, the ’15 Focus has exactly what you need in its cabin, while a large list of options are available to spruce things up (ours was not equipped with the cabin options).
Powering this sedan was a 21.0-liter I-3 EcoBoost engine that provided an unremarkable 123 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. I say unremarkable because I write about supercars and sports cars all day, but for this Focus, this power is about what you’d expect in a car that’s focused on daily commuting and it’s incredible mpg rating of 29 city and 40 highway for a combined rating of 33 mpg. Sure, you might find yourself asking for a little more power when passing, but I will say that this car’s fantastic electronic steering and handling may make up for that. It should also be noted that our test car was equipped with the six-speed manual. Being a person who prefers a manual transmission, this was a pleasant surprise.
If you’re in the market for a great entry-level sedan that will get you from point A to point B while using minimal gas, this may be one of your best bets.