If you don't consider the performance-orientated ST to be a separate model in its own right, there are now four different trims in the 2016 Ford Focus family. Ok, it's six if you include the electric and the awesome RS variants, but they really should be taken as special cases separate from the rest of the lineup. The current range therefore starts off with the S, and then goes up through SE, Titanium and finally the ST. The S and ST models are sedan-only offerings, while the SE and Titanium trims can be had in either hatch or sedan format.
The standard engine in all but the ST is a 2.0-litre Ti-VCT inline-four that develops 160 horsepower and 146 lb.-ft. of torque, which sends the power to the front wheels through a standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic transmission. S and SE trims then offer the option to upgrade to the sensational, multi-award winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost three-cylinder engine. This global superstar puts out a very respectable 123 horsepower and 125 lb.-ft. of torque, while at the same time delivering fabulous performance with outstanding fuel economy. However, if you really do want to make the most of the excellent chassis and suspension of the 2016 Ford Focus, the ST is the way to go with its high-output version of Ford's 2.0-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder. This engine gives you as much as 252 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque to play with, but despite the exhilarating driving experience it delivers, it's still really very respectable in terms of fuel economy.
With gas prices remaining relatively low, outstanding fuel economy isn't as imperative to many buyers today as it was a few years ago. However, buyers shopping for compacts like the Focus still expect them to deliver in this area, and the 2016 Ford Focus more than lives up to that particular challenge. In its most frugal 1.0-litre EcoBoost form with the manual six-speed transmission, the Focus gets you 7.8 L/100 km in the city and 5.7 L/100 km on the highway. The standard 2.0-litre engine is also seriously impressive on gas, especially when mated to the six-speed auto, with figures of 8.9 L/100 km in the city and 6.0 L/100 km on the highway. Although the ST is unlikely to be bought purely for its efficiency, it still has to be admired that this performance-orientated model gets fuel economy as good as 10.5 L/100 km in the city and 7.7 L/100 km on the highway.
If you think compacts are cheap, economical cars that are just there to do the basics or fill the role of a second car in a household, that'll change once you've experienced the 2016 Ford Focus.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2017 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.