When the third-generation Ford Focus was launched for the 2012 model year, it impressed everyone with its sharp style, sporty capabilities, and newly available tech features. The latter includes a rearview camera and the Automated Parking Assist system for extra help navigating tight parking spaces.
This generation of used Focus sedans appeals to a wide range of buyers with its many trim models: the base S, mid-grade SE, handsomely equipped SEL, sporty ST, and top-of-the-line Titanium. As you’re shopping for a used model, you may even come across the all-electric Focus Electric and high-performance Focus RS. Two body styles were available for this generation: sedan and hatchback. The latter offers extra cargo space.
There are three main engine options available. Most Focuses from this generation come with the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (160 horsepower, 146 lb-ft of torque). A five-speed manual transmission was standard, but you’ll find lots of models with the six-speed automatic transmission on the used lot.
The third-generation Ford Focus was also available with a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine (123 hp, 125 lb-ft). It was paired with either the standard six-speed manual transmission or available six-speed automatic.
The 2012 Focus also rolled out the MyFord Touch infotainment system, which was the first to feature a central touchscreen and voice-activated technology.
Ford gave the Focus a mid-cycle refresh for the 2015 model year. From here on out, this compact sedan had updated style, inside and out, as well as improved infotainment and safety technology. A new engine — the aforementioned turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine — also became available to boost fuel economy to 34 mpg combined.
Looking for the Sync 3 infotainment system? The Focus began offering this modern infotainment technology during the 2016 model year. It includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, which of course means hands-free access to your music collection and phone contacts.