By Greg Zyla

The 2014 Ford Focus compact is this week’s test drive, arriving in upper-tier Titanium dress. This five-door hatchback design is one of Ford’s top selling vehicles, and it’s receiving critical acclaim by consumers and the automotive press.

Completely re-styled in 2012, Focus for 2014 is available in sedan and hatchback styles in three distinct trim levels; S (sedan only), SE and Titanium. The entry S sedan starts at just $16,810 and then pricing moves upward to SE at $18,125 to top line Titanium at $23,575 (sedan) and $24,115 (hatchback).

It’s been a while since we’ve driven Ford product, so we’re pleased to say up front that the 2014 Focus effort may be the best ever by Ford in the compact category. Had I closed my eyes, sat in the seat and then driven the vehicle without knowing the brand, I probably would have guessed a German built vehicle. From its firm yet comfortable seating, handling characteristics to the feedback through the steering wheel, Focus for 2014 is a compact car that offers a major return on investment for those shopping this segment.

Our Titanium hatchback delivers outstanding fuel mileage with 27 city and 37 highway EPA averages. Ford then “doubles up” on the positives thanks to spirited performance, good handling and a four-cylinder engine that is perhaps the quietest of all the prior four cylinder compacts I’ve driven.

Important numbers include a wheelbase of 104.3 inches, 2,948 lb. curb weight, from 23.8 to 44.8 cu. ft. of cargo space, 5year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty and a 12.4 gallon fuel tank.

If you want to drive one of the best compacts on the road today, visit your Ford dealer as the 2014 Ford Focus receives a Test Drive top recommendation.



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