2012 Ford Focus To Get 38 MPG

While the 2012 Ford Focus SE SFE will be able to net 40-mpg on the highway, the rest of the lineup will come in a 38-mpg, not bad, but not class leading.

Ford’s new 2012 Focus is one fantastic vehicle, due to its stunning looks and incredible driving dynamics, but it’s going to face some tough competition that it once lacked in the United States.

The C-segment in America was once a hot bed of terrible domestic vehicles and fuel efficient Japanese cars, but now, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda and a few others are coming to the party with their own small rides and it seems 40 miles per gallon is the new benchmark for success.

The 2011 Hyundai Elantra is the king at the moment, as it’s able to achieve 40 miles per gallon without any special additions, while the Chevrolet Cruze is only able to get hit that number in ECO trim.

The 2012 Ford Focus is the same way, as the SE SFE model should be able to net drivers 40 miles of highway travel on a single drop of fuel, but as far as the other models go, don’t count on it.

According to Kicking Tires, the rest of the 2012 Ford Focus lineup will achieve 38 miles per gallon on the highway and 28 in the city when it features an automatic transmission. When a manual is equipped, the Focus will hit 36 miles per gallon on the highway and 26 in the city, although manual transmissions usually allow the driver to net better mileage than that.

It would have been a big win for Ford if they were able to beat the Koreans in the fuel mileage game, but 38-mpg isn’t all that bad. Not to mention the fact that the Focus packs 12 more ponies than the Elantra, so it's sure to be a better driving machine.

It’s good to keep in mind that fuel economy numbers don’t necessary mean anything. Currently, Torque News is testing the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi SLS equipped with a manual transmission and despite its 29-mpg rating on the highway, it’s delivering around 35.

[Kicking Tires]

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