This article was published on November 15th, 2014
Whether you’re driving to work, the grocery store, a sporting event, or going for a weekend getaway, when you’re in the drivers seat you want to be rest assured that the vehicle you’re driving is safe, reliable, responsive, fuel-efficient and easy to drive. While a lot of cars fit that description, the 2014 Ford Focus offers practicalities and driver conveniences, which have become a new standard for Ford in their mid-size class line-up.
From the outside, the 2014 Ford Focus is conservatively stylish. The design has strong considerations for fuel efficiencies through the aerodynamic shape. While the designers have taken the overall shape into consideration, they have done a great job of paying attention to subtle details like the wrap-around shape of the headlamps, the clean lines running down the side of the vehicle, using body-colour trim, bumpers and handles, turning signals on the side view mirrors, and an hardcore grill that means serious business.
For city drivers, the 2014 Ford Focus is very practical and easy to drive. The mid-size vehicle maneuvers and responds quickly, which is incredibly important during the morning and evening commute, when drivers are in a hurry. The 2014 Ford Focus doesn’t have many blind spots, meaning that when you have to suddenly change lanes to make it to your destination or to avoid an accident.
Practicality was obviously top-of-mind throughout the design process. The rear-hatch unlocks from the keyless remote, which makes packing in groceries or your luggage so much easier. The rear seats are surprisingly comfortable for passengers too. And the four-door model makes throwing your gear in the back seat super convenient.
Drivers expect more when sitting in the drivers seat, especially those who commute on a daily basis. From Bluetooth connectivity for smartphones to be able to talk and listen to music hands free, use built-in navigation to get to their destination using the quickest route possible, and to be able to control every aspect of the vehicle from climate control to gear shifting. This is where the 2014 Ford Focus really steps it up.
Sitting in the drivers seat everything is within arms reach. But it’s details like having an automatic transmission that doubles as a standard through a toggle button on the shifter that really make the driving experience go from good to awesome. This is incredibly cool when you’re driving in winter road conditions or going over a mountain pass and want the functionality of a standard, but with the convenience of an automatic. Enough cannot be said about this detail.
Ford, who has been a leader in auto manufacturing for decades has really come to capitalize on leveraging parts throughout their line-up and integrating them into other vehicles. For instance, the steering wheel can be found in multiple entry and mid-level class of Ford vehicles, along with the navigation systems, etc. While some components of the vehicle are universal, which brings consistency to the entire Ford fleet, each vehicle offers a unique driving experience.
There are various levels of the Ford Focus. The base model is pretty basic. If you’re looking for a mid-size car, consider going for the higher-end model. It’s going to have more technology and driver conveniences which you will appreciate, especially if you spend a lot of time commuting to work every day.
The 2014 Ford Focus has come a long way since it’s original inception. Ford continues to push the boundaries on ensuring vehicles are safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and easy to drive. Their care and attention on driver experience is fantastic, and is evident in the Ford Focus. In the past few years, Ford has really stepped up by integrating technology and modern conveniences. If you haven’t driven a Ford lately, go test drive one, just to see and experience how far they have evolved.
Original Style / Design: ★★★★☆
Material / Workmanship: ★★★★☆
Makes a Statement: ★★★☆☆
Price / Value: ★★★★☆