When I first got the call I was to be receiving a new Ford Focus, I thought not too much of it. I mean, know the Ford Focus well, and have driven several different variants over the years from the base model up to the heart-racing ST model. The call was short, and so I wasn’t entirely sure which model would be gracing my garage this week. When I got home, I was pleased to see a sporty sedan properly outfitted with a manual shift transmission. As always, I immediately referenced the maroney sticker to review, specs, options, and price.
A smile and gasp of ecstatic excitement immediately came up after I found out the model I had this week was actually the Ecoboost 1.0-liter 3 cylinder engine! I couldn’t wait to drive it, so I quickly retrieved the keys and took it for a ride. This engine means a lot for not only Ford, but for the entire automotive industry. A 1.0-liter means less displacement underlining efficiency, the 3-cylinder means less weight and one less cylinder than typical, and the turbo means forced induction contentment for miles.
Hide all the badges, and don’t tell a clueless driver, and they would swear they are driving a 4-cylinder, or possibly even a 6-cylinder. The Ecoboost 1.0-liter engine puts out an impressive 123 horsepower, with 150 lb. ft. of torque. Combine that with the 1.0-liter specific manual transmission, and be prepared to be impressed. The turbo is well tuned to pull aggressively through each gear, and to run at relatively low revs, promoting efficiency and tank range.
This particular tested Focus sedan was painted in the sporty gray color, and was drenched with black sport inspired interior appointments. The Focus recently had a mild refreshing that makes the Focus sedan appear more mature, grabbing styling cues from its older siblings, the Fusion and Taurus. Bold wheels accentuate the body to deliver on the sporty orientation of this particular model.
Technology doesn’t only live under the hood, but finds it way with infotainment, where Ford has kindly introduced a revised version of Sync, which is considerably better than previous versions, and uses a more intuitive interface. The dashboard now appears to also be more mature, and bests some of the competition loaded full of style and technology wasn’t long ago found only on large Ford sedans and crossovers.
All together, the spunky little Focus 1.0-liter Ecoboost sedan was well priced for just under $20,000. Blend the attractive looks, spirited engine, and cutting edge technology and this begs you to answer the age old question—”Have you driven a Ford lately?” As Ford has done in the past, expect the small displacement, low cylinder count models to become a trend soon. In the meantime, try this sedan if you are in the market for something similar.