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2016 Ford Focus Walk Around


Among the most extroverted-looking compact cars, Ford Focus feels more upscale than its rivals. Whether in four-door sedan or five-door hatchback form, it teases the eye with its sporty air.

2015 brought a modest restyling, led by a wide oval grille, like the Fusion and Fiesta. Sheetmetal shaping mimics other Ford models. Curves and creases mate with a smooth front end. Protruding fenders echo the Focus’s arched roofline. Immense taillamps frame the rear corners.

The high-performance ST and hotter-yet RS stand out enough to attract the enthusiast crowd, with their bigger wheels and modestly lower stance.

Interior

Nothing about the Focus suggests that it’s merely a small car. Details grasp at your attention. Trim elements look classy and well-tailored. Careful sculpting suggests complexity, while the refined Focus is almost as comfortable as a European sports sedan.

Space-efficiency, in contrast, falls short because of a constricted dashboard design. Sharp and angular, it steals knee space. Otherwise, leg space and headroom accommodate riders just over six feet, in both front and back.

Whether it’s a sedan or hatchback, rear seats are effectively contoured, though legroom could be greater. Seat-folding isn’t the easiest, and headrests interfere with the procedure.

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