Basic transportation can no longer be just basic transportation. The very definition of going from point A to B has changed in just a few short years. How so? For starters, connectivity, the ability to integrate smartphones to our cars. But more people have learned that so-called basic transportation, namely the Toyota Corolla, doesn’t have to be boring to drive. A fun factor is allowed, and Ford answered the call. Enter the latest generation Focus, offered as both a sedan and hatchback.
While the latter benefits from its hot hatch counterparts, the ST and RS, the sedan could easily be left to rental car duty or company car for some junior manager. We recently spent some time with the 2017 Focus SE sedan and came away convinced that Ford has nailed down the ideal packaging of efficiency, price, tech and driving fun factor.
Our SE is nearly a bare-bones model (only the S trim is below it), but for a base price of $18,175, you’re actually getting a fair amount. Sure, you could go all the way and pony up around $26,000 for a Focus Titanium, but we think something like the SE is more suitable for the majority of people. With its naturally aspirated 2.0-liter inline-four with 160 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque making things happen, the Focus SE is no slouch, especially with ours benefiting from the optional six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. See, rental cars can be worth your hard earned dime. Special thanks to Future Ford of Sacramento for letting us film the car.