Compact cars are great on gas, perfect for commuters and reasonably priced. Yes, they’re practical in many ways.
But practicality doesn’t preclude them from being stylish and fun to drive - at least not anymore. For years, manufacturers have been unveiling compact cars that are roomier, more comfortable, full of high-tech features and easy on the eyes.
One of the most trusted names in car buying, Kelley Blue Book, recently named the 10 best compact cars on the market. The Ford Focus was one of only 12 vehicles to make the list.
If you haven’t taken a serious look at the Focus in recent years, you might be surprised by all it has to offer, including:
European style: This is not your grandma’s compact car. First launched in Europe in 1998, the Focus gets high marks in professional and consumer reviews for its sleek style. The attention to detail is apparent from the curved exterior edges to the interior bucket seats.
Sporty feel: The Focus has brisk responses and an athletic feel, Kelley Blue Book says. Sedan versions have 160-horsepower, 2.0-liter engines, while even more powertrains are available with the hatchback. There’s also a 350-horsepower version for those who really like to move.
Impressive gas mileage: With the optional 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder turbocharged engine, the Focus gets up to 30 miles per gallon in the city and 42 on the highway. Whether you’re commuting to work every day or just zipping around town, the fuel savings add up.
Cutting-edge technology: The 2016 Ford Focus has Sync3, which offers voice-activated navigation and smartphone connectivity. And the hatchback is now offered as a purely-electric model.
Price: The 2016 Ford Focus starts at just $18,000, and you can scoop up a 2012 or 2013 model with low mileage for less than $12,000.
Whether you’re interested in the Ford Focus or one of the other 11 compact cars on the Kelley Blue Book list – including the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra, Volkswagen Jetta and Chevy Cruze – stop by Sound Ford in Renton, Washington to browse our extensive inventory of new and used vehicles.