We just came home from an incredibly relaxing road trip to Victoria on Vancouver Island. Unlike previous visits to the island, we avoided all things touristy and focused on water sports, waterfalls and trails, and of course good food! The Ford Focus is perfect for zipping around the island. It has an award-winning, fuel-efficient 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine with an automatic transmission with SelectShift.
The EcoBoost feature has great pick up and powers thru on command. Although the car is compact, you still feel comfortable.
- Driving the Ford Focus felt smooth and quiet.
- EcoBoost delivers 123 horsepower and 125 lb.-ft of torque. We thought the low power output would lead to trouble when we were on our adventures, but the turbo ecoboost engine gave enough torque to make it up steep hills with no problems.
- Rear view back up camera is really handy and adds confidence especially at night.
- Two smart USB smart charging for all your gadgets.
- Dual Zone electronic automatic temperature control
- Voice-activated SYNC® 3, SiriusXM Satellite Radio
Although there is plenty of interior space if sacrificed in cargo. Being the girl that I am, packing for a 4 day weekend trip is the same as packing for a week aboard. I mean, I always end up packing more than I need. And skincare and make up products takes up precious cargo space! So, the trunk only could hold my Samsonite luggage, a backpack and our hiking shoes. Our box or road trip snacks suffered and were left in the back seat.
This is quite a surprise when we initially hopped into the car. When we came to a complete stop at a red light, the engine idle would suddenly stop. This is a gas-saving auto start-stop feature that I have only experienced in the luxury auto sector until now.
Just to give you an idea of our adventure, we travelled a total of approximately 1000km. We travelled from Vancouver to Victoria (Qualicum Beach, Sidney, Cordova Bay and back and forth to Downtown Victoria). We filled up twice ($40 each fill) with a full tank to begin with. Total gas consumption $120 approximately for a weekend of adventures! This is very impressive for a economy class car compared to it’s competitors in both price vs options.
The Focus offers 28 mpg city, 40 mpg highway, 32 combined.
Vancouver Island is quite a fun place to drive. We drove through a lot of hills with plenty of bends and curves. The Focus felt light and nimble around the corners. Being a front wheel drive car, it still has a lot of understeer but manageable through the windy roads.
- Fuel Economy – Dave and I travelled up and down the island, the pump did not break our wallets.
- Power – Consider this is a 4 cylinder, 123 hp car. It has more than ample power to handle most situations on a day to day basis.
- Seats – I think my back is still sore from sitting in the focus for this long road trip. The lumbar support needs improvements.
- Cargo Space – If only the hatch space was deeper
2016 Ford Focus starts at $16,456.
To learn more details and models visit http://www.ford.ca