Gas prices are jumping and mileage wars are on, but even before the recent spike, manufacturers were on a mission to increase efficiency, particularly with regard to compacts. With that in mind, Ford recently announced the mileage figures for the 2012 Focus. At first you may have been excited to hear that the 2012 Ford Focus hits a top highway fuel-economy of 40 mpg but when you realize that figure is only achievable with the SFE (Super Fuel-Economy) Package, you’re a bid disappointed. So what does the 2012 Ford Focus achieve without SFE?
The automatic transmission, which most consumers select, will result in 28/38/31 mpg city/highway/combined. The manual option will return 26/36/30.
Those figures are shy of the 29/40/33 mpg the Elantra gets, but considerably better than the Chevy Cruze’s 24/36/28 mpg. The 2012 Civic, coming in the spring, is expected to attain 39 mpg on the highway. One should also note that while the Elantra bests the Focus on economy, the Focus is a heavier vehicle.
Refresher: The 2012 Ford Focus is powered by 2.0L DOHC inline 4-clyinder unit with twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT), direct gasoline injection and E85 flex fuel capability. The engine produces 160-hp and 146 lb-ft of torque. With the SFE (Super Fuel Economy) package, the Focus delivers an EPA-certified fuel-economy rating of 28/40 mpg (city/highway). The 2012 Focus is offered in S, SE, SEL and Titanium trim-levels with prices starting at $16,270.
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– By: Stephen Calogera
Source: Kicking Tires