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Last year, Ford had sent over the 2.0-liter GDI inline-4 cylinder Focus hatchback to test drive. We wondered how the other power train, a 1.0-liter turbo EcoBoost 3-cylinder engine, would hold up in comparison. (EcoBoost is essentially twin turbochargers and a smaller-displacement engine working in tandem with gasoline direct injection to produce a powerful but fuel-efficient engine).
Our prayers were answered recently when we took a ride in the 1.0, which puts out 132 horsepower @ 6350 rpm and 148 pounds-feet of torque @ 5000 rpm. The most thrilling was the seamless 6-speed manual gear box, providing smooth up shifts and quick downshifts. The compact car also is equipped with a 5-speed manual or 6-speed auto.
Take the driver seat inside the unitized steel body of the front-wheel-drive car and you will find instrument gauges with aqua-blue needles atop white numerals amid black background. Satin-chrome details on the switches give the cabin a fresh feel and appearance. Air-conditioning, front center console with armrest and bin, tilt/telescopic steering column, driver information center, 60/40 rear seat, 6-way driver and 4-way manual front-passenger seats, 6-speaker audio with AM/FM, CD and power windows/door locks are standard in the SE trim. An all-new Sync3 replaces the former MyFord Touch, making it simpler to access audio, telephone, nav controls via a voice command, touch screen tap or button click.
Customary safety features include dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, four-wheel antilock brakes, AdvanceTrac with electronic stability control, rearview camera, antiskid system and tire pressure monitoring system.
Base-priced at just $18,460, the Focus delivers fun-to-drive handling, worthy steering and body control, and admirable fuel economy (29/40 and combined 33 mpg) in a tasteful package.

Tires: 215/55R16
Wheelbase: 104.3 inches
Length: 178.5 inches
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; multilink rear
Steering: electric power
Weight: 2,907 pounds
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