• Mar 3rd 2011 at 10:01AM
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The fuel economy wars have heated up in the hotly contested C-Segment. The latest salvo from Ford comes in the form of the Focus SE SFE (Super Fuel Economy) capable of 40 miles of highway travel on a single gallon of petrol. That ties the similarly new 2011 2011 Hyundai Elantra (40 mpg) and it's close to the 42 mpg from the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze ECO. But like its competitor from Chevrolet, most Focus models won't be able to keep pace with the big four-oh.

According to Kicking Tires, the rest of the Focus lineup will return a slightly less exciting 38 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg around town (31 mpg combined) when equipped with a six-speed automatic gearbox. The manual transmission Focus will hit 36 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg in city driving (30 mpg combined). Not best-in-class, but not too shabby, either.

It would have been a big win for the Focus if it could best the Elantra at the pump. On the other hand, the Focus does pack 12 more horsepower than the Hyundai and we're thinking it looks every bit as good. It's a good time to be in the market for a compact car.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Now, about that gaping maw... Is that a comment on the type of driver Ford is hoping to attract? Or was it just an oversight in the aerodynamics?

      I'd like to see how these perform when that airbrake is removed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Cruze Eco has active louvres too and it doesn't have an ugly mouth.

        The ugly Focus mouth was a design decision, not one based upon functional necessity.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It has active louvers that change the aero based on conditions, it wasn't an oversight.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Focus,Elantra and Cruze are leaving the Corolla way behind. Toyota needs to be worried.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Odd that the manual is rated lower than the automatic. I wonder how the gear ratios compare. Does the automatic use a DSG like the Fiesta, or is it a traditional automatic?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe Hyundai is pulling an 'Apple', and that people in the know never buy first iterations of Apple products.
      The first year Equus 4.6/6A, 2nd year 5.0/8A-way to screw early adopters!
      First year Elantra 1.8 port injection & no balance shafts, 2.0 direct injection & balance shafts? [That had better be under the Limited's hood]
      Same with KIA, the first year Forte was okay, now they improved it with new rear dampers & 6 speed automatic (and 6 speed stick on both engines)
      Veloster Turbo, will it be a late 2012 model, or early 2013?

      At least Ford is making the direct injection engine standard.
      I wonder what the real world durability of those dry double clutch transmissions will be. People coming from torque converters won't know to either be stopped or go 5mph, don't dither in between.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the Focus has the same throttle tip-in map as the Mazda3, good mileage will be a little tougher to get, as driving it smoothly will be near impossible. In order to make the vehicle seem peppy, a little throttle movement gets a whole lot of motor, even driving two-footed so that your right foot is trained for its sole purpose of going, while the left is used only for stopping. This also ensures that unless your floormats are from a Toyota, you'll never, ever have unintended acceleration caused by pedal confusion.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks great from the outside. Nice to see Ford getting a competitive compact car to the North American market (finally!).
      Personally I still don't like the look of the interior. That center console reminds me of insects for some reason....
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure the focus is a little bit more refined than the elantra as well
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now they need to build a SVT version.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Knock off the V and we finally get in the STates what the SVT should have been all along....an ST, no need for and SVT. Now make a road worthy version of the BTCC car and call it an RS adn we have a true winner.
        • 4 Years Ago
        247 HP ST coming in late 2012.

        Hopefully not pushed back.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Even though they did not reach their 40 mpg highway goal across the board, it's still 5 mpg better than their 2008 models got, when we were in the middle of the last fuel crisis. Just 3 years ago, the goal was 30 mpg highway, just three years later, it seems like several automakers are gunning for 40 mpg. I'm sure they will tweak it over the next year and bump up the fuel economy for 2013.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Solid numbers. Solid looks. Solid build quality. If theyd offer a 3 door, theyd have a solid buyer in me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        really want to see a proper hot hatch out of either this or the fiesta
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would still take a Focus over a Cruze or Elantra. This car just looks fantastic for a compact. And the amount of technology packed inside is astonishing for a compact. The Blue Oval's iteration of a compact car just grabs me more than Chevy's or Hyundai's offering.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Have to say I'm a fan of the Cruze, currently all three cars are pretty competitive, it's a good time to be the buyer, you can't really go wrong with any one of them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I saw Elantra last week, it looks pretty good as well, as does Cruze hatch.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I saw the new Focus at the auto show and I was impressed with this car. It looked great from any angle both the hatch and sedan. The only quibble I have was the glove box door had no sides on it which means when you opened it, all your stuff would end up on the floor.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Amen! If I had to choose between the three there is no competition. The Elantra is radically designed in a bad way. The Cruze is a snooze from 2003 (design-wise), and this just whups them all.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's Focus for me! The Cruze is nice but it has that "cheapish" kinda look. The Elantra is cool too but I just like the Focus better! It's got SYNC too! Woot!
      • 4 Years Ago
      These figures are still quite good.

      I personally still would rather Ford have reduced the HP a bit and raised the economy some more. But on an absolute scale, there's no way to say that 30mpg combined and 31mpg combined with the desirable DSG auto are bad figures.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Honestly, I like having the choice in the market. If all you care about is a cheap car with good fuel economy and a decent interior / feature set, then the Elantra is what you want. If you want a little more power, better handling, better NVH, or a hatch, then the Focus is for you.

        Either way, it's nice not to have to compromise much in this segment. That wasn't the case as recently as a year or two ago...
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