There are a lot of reasons why the Ford Focus has become one of the most popular picks in the compact car market. The sedan is a solid choice for families while hatchback models offer an outstanding amount of roomy goodness. Both are exceptional in safety given the price point. Finally, buyers who want a fuel efficient vehicle that's actually fun to drive can have their cake and eat it, too, with the Ford Focus.

That rare mix is primarily achieved thanks to the powertrain. For 2016, buyers of the Ford Focus have a choice of two engines. The base powerplant is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that churns out 160 horsepower and 146 lb.-ft. of torque. Transmission is either a manual or Ford’s Powershift automatic, the latter estimated to get an impressive 40 mpg on the highway.* The second engine, a turbo-charged four from the automaker's EcoBoost lineup, returns 30 mpg in city driving and 42 mpg when cruising along the highways of America. Reviews from Edmunds found the Focus and its electric steering to be responsive: drivers always felt the car to be stable and secure on the road.

The 2016 Ford Focus can be had in three, well-equipped trim levels. All have an interior that both looks and feels extremely upscale for the segment. Many buyers will find the base S trim to be an appealing option thanks to its impressive amount of standard features. A rearview camera system, for example, is found throughout the lineup. Same with blindspot mirror inserts, keyless entry via a fob and a USB port. Ford's unique MyKey, which allows owners to limit select car systems like vehicle speed and even stereo volume, is also standard. All these, and more, are accessible via the easy-to-use controls.

Upgrades like heated front seats, navigation, premium audio and the all-new SYNC infotainment system are available on select trim configurations.

As mentioned previously, the 2016 Ford Focus is on top in providing protection for passengers. Besides the normal assortment of airbags, all models are equipped with an AdvanceTrac stability control system to help keep them out of harm's way. A driver's knee airbag is also standard as well as the rearview camera mentioned above. Advanced safety options like blind-spot monitoring and a lane-keeping system are also available.

 

*All vehicle mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.