The Ford Focus sedan comes in four trim flavors, S, SE, SEL and Titanium, while the five-door hatch omits the base S version. Keeping form with past economy car tradition, only the S and SE trims have been offered with a five-speed manual transmission, but that changes with the 2012 Focus: the top-drawer Titanium trim will shortly receive a manual option.

According to a report in Car and Driver, enough Ford customers have been specifically asking for a Focus Titanium with the handling pack and the five-speed tranny that the company is going to put it out there. No one is sure what percentage of buyers will check the box, but it will be interesting to see if it beats the seven percent of S and SE buyers who choose the manual.

On the lower trims, the manual is standard and the dual-clutch automatic adds a $1,095 premium. While a base Focus S is priced at $16,500, Titanium models start at $22,200 for the sedan or $22,700 for the five-door (both are subject to a $795 delivery fee). The Titanium manual option isn't available yet on the Focus configurator, but we'll be on the lookout to see if Ford lowers the price for top-tier Focus drivers who want to do their own rowing.


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      Rich M
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope they don't screw up the ratios. Anything over 2000 RPM at 60 is a waste.
      MazdaSpeeder
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is awesome news! Manuals are slowly creeping down to just be offered in the base models of everything...it's so great to see Ford offering this option! Hopefully they'll add a manual in the higher level of the new Fusion as well!
      • 2 Years Ago
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        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        Who cares, at least give us the option to ORDER one so it isn't a lot rock.
          Zoom
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          I care. Why? Because if they make them and no one comes, they won't make them any longer. If Ford was serious they'd make it a 6-speed. 5s are so last century.
        CaptPugwash
        • 2 Years Ago
        I had a deposit down for the original Focus with a manual transmission. The dealer let me down several time and in the end I pulled my deposit back. I was in the marked for another car recently and wanted the Focus, I test drove it, loved it but ultimately went elsewhere because of the lack of a manual on the Titanium, the trim I wanted. What really bugs me is that its not that they don't have a manual transmission available. In fact the European model has a six speed in the higher models. So there is no engineering or additional parts to make. We should get the same, after all it is supposed to be a world car. Now I'm sure Ford bean counters have a negative role in this but mostly I blame the dealers who cant be bother to stock anything slightly different.
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        The one family member is the normal lame excuse. I find it hard to believe that a normal person can't learn to drive manual with a bit of instruction and some practice. And if they absolutely can't, are they bright enough to be driving at all?
      William
      • 2 Years Ago
      A two door would be nice.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is great news! I test drove a base model hatchback with the 5-speed and it was a beautiful transmission to drive. The clutch point is right at the bottom of the pedal so there is no learning curve and the shifter felt perfectly notchy but smooth. I came away surprised, and I had high expectations.
      clquake
      • 2 Years Ago
      Every enthusiast says they want the manual. Unfortunately, not everyone is an enthusiast. And not enthusiast will want a Focus, so that leads to a very small number of people who will buy a fully loaded Focus w/ manual tranny. If they didn't already have the manual tranny available, it would be a poor decision to make one from a money making standpoint.
        Robin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @clquake
        Did you read the article? Ford is making this decision precisely because of the amount of interest from customers for a manual transmission. Besides, they'd have such little difficulty from an engineering, manufacturing or cost standpoint in producing the manual, it makes total sense. They'll sell a few thousand more Focuses every year, at very little cost. Plus, from a marketing standpoint, it would add cachet to the Focus brand as a drivers' car.
      EvilTollMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      How bout they offer some flappy-paddles with that dual-clutch tranny too...never understood why they didn't do that..
      air8271
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford gets it. Way to go. I would love one of these. Also thanks to GM for allowing Cruze LT2 models to be equipped with manual transmissions.
      Chilipepper
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good luck finding one. I've been wanting to test drive a hatchback SE w/ MT with a sport suspension for months. Every time I check with the local dealers, they have none. 27 Focus automatics on the lot, ZERO 5 speeds. Every salesman says the same thing to me. "You are rare, everybody wants automatics".
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chilipepper
        Then why not order one? Tell them what colors and options you want and put down a deposit?
        Krishan Mistry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chilipepper
        That sucks. Even though the manual is great and the DCT is unrefined and slow (for a DCT), people still flock towards the two pedal one. Ford is wise putting manual on the Titanium finally. People looking for a non sporty, basic version want cheap transportation and probably dont even know stick, nor care for one. Those of us who want the best Focus with the best transmission want a Titanium with a stick.
      Esher127
      • 2 Years Ago
      You could tack on just about all of the Titanium equipment to the base model, and have a very well equipped manual transmission focus. However this will probably be way better for resale value. Good move, Ford.
        miles
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Esher127
        I was just about to do that and buy an SE within a few hundred $ of the cost of the base Titanium. I was bummed, because i think the dark headlight surrounds look better than the all chrome ones. Also I don't want the sport suspension but I do want the aluminum wheels and disk brakes - which are only available with the sport package on the SE:(
      Scr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Any manufacturer should take a lesson from Mini...make a nice small car with good mileage and decent handlng, load it up, throw in a stick shift...and you'll sell a ton of them. Most people looking to be cheap with a vehicle will stil opt for an automatic, but those who like to drive will get a stick. Build more stick shifts.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        nardvark
        • 2 Years Ago
        Pretty sure they've fixed the issues with the recent software update.
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