Apr 22, 2013
Reviewed By Chad Tyson
Price as Tested $39,200; 107 kW motor, 23 kW battery, 1-sp auto
Likes

Admirable acceleration. Playing the budget driving game to get digital butterflies (yes, butterflies) is amusing. It took a bit to get used to plugging in the car every time I returned home, but that was more than worth it when I didn’t look at fuel prices for a week. Comfortable seats and plenty of leg room in the back. The glowing blue light around the charging plug drew positive attention from people walking around the car.

Dislikes

The Prius-like roofline screams “eco-warrior.” Sync with MyFord Touch audio and entertainment system is standard in the Focus Electric, but it’s buggy. Make sure to stay on top of updates to fix the crashes and glitches. Overall, very few options are available — you can add leather-trimmed front bucket seats and a rear armrest with storage. That’s it.

At some point I’ll figure out what 107 kW means in terms of horsepower. Also, driving a silent car took a day or two to get used to.

Verdict

Remember when mass-produced EVs were only in science fiction? The most charge the Focus held was for 82 miles. That quickly dropped with climate control and the audio system drawing power — immediately putting me at negative budget. But the average daily starting charge of 60 miles was more than enough to handle the day’s chores. It’s also among the top range for EVs.

Ford has Nissan’s Leaf squarely in their sights. But Ford brought only one car to take on three. The Leaf has three different trim levels, all of which are less expensive than the Focus. However, the standard equipment on the Focus is more than what is optional on the high-end Leaf.

At $39,200 as the starting price, it’s a lot of coin for a small car. But, the future is here.

Fun to Drive
3.5 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.0 rating
Stats

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