Ford now has four models with an EPA-certified rating of 40mpg or higher, more than any other full-line manufacturer.
The Focus is certified by the EPA at 40mpg highway and 28mpg city, thanks to its advanced six-speed auto transmission.
Some competitors utilize a manual transmission to achieve their highest fuel economy ratings, even though sales of vehicles with automatic transmissions account for more than 90 percent of the market.
With the EPA certification of Focus, Ford continues to deliver on its promise to make fuel economy affordable for millions of consumers. Today, Ford has 12 vehicles including cars, utilities and crossovers in North America that lead their sales segments for fuel economy – something no other automaker can match. With the new Focus, four 2011 models achieve at least 40mpg – the Ford Fiesta SE with SFE package (40mpg highway) as well as the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (41mpg city). Here's how the Ford Focus SFE compares with current 2011 model year competitor products with automatic transmissions:
|Ford Focus||Honda Civic||Mazda 3||Toyota Corolla||Volkswagen Jetta||Chevrolet Cruze Eco||Hyundai Elantra|
|Fuel economy city/highway||28/40||25/36||24/33||26/34||24/31||26/37||29/40|
With the Department of Energy offering a rather bleak forecast at the gas pumps, now is the time to consider a more economical car. Problems overseas have meant that gas prices, now at a national average of $3.22, could go as high as $3.50 a gallon, or possibly higher…