2012 Ford Focus Titanium
- Fuel economy: 31 mpg combined
- Starting price: $21,805
- Zero to 60: 8.3 seconds
Ford gave the Focus an overhaul for 2012. It comes in a variety of models, with the Titanium line offering the most performance potential. It's available in both sedan and hatchback body styles, which come standard with 17-inch sport aluminum wheels.
All 2012 Focus models get their pep from a 2-liter direct-injection inline four-cylinder engine that kicks out 160 horsepower. Standard on the Titanium is an automatic six-speed Powershift transmission that gets 28 mpg city, 38 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined. An optional five-speed manual loses some efficiency, attaining 26 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 30 mpg combined. Expect this sporty car to reach 60 mph from a dead stop in around 8.7 seconds with an automatic and 8.3 with a manual, according to Edmunds.
Antilock brakes, stability control, six air bags, push-button start and the MyFord Touch -- a touch-screen for entertainment, navigation and other car controls -- are standard. Ford also offers a handling package on the Titanium, with 18-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, summer performance tires and a full-size spare tire.