2019 Ford Focus RS Simply when it appears the automotive industry has lost its method with ridiculous horsepower or a crossover for each countryman, a simple car emerges. For over 50 years, this car has been the 2019 Ford Focus RS.
Typically derided by enthusiasts as appliances, the no-frills commuter automobile will get the overwhelming majority of consumers the place they want to go in the manner they want to get there, safely and at a price. The 2019 Ford Focus RS does it even better.
Exhibit A that the automotive business has gotten somewhat nuts: the common transaction worth for a brand new car is more than $37,000, in line with Kelley Blue Guide. Easy responsible the automakers on this era of no accountability but we are those paying these massive costs for giant autos loaded with stuff we don’t use all that a lot.
For just below $23,000, the 2019 Ford Focus RS places every greenback to purposeful use.
Although it rides on a brand new platform, the 2019 Ford Focus RS blends in unremarkably like a ballcap at a baseball recreation. On closer inspection, the Hybrid will get blue accents around the badging, 15-inch wheels with low resistance tires, and it appears to be like more composed than the youthful outgoing mannequin that attempted too exhausting to be completely different. The Fu Manchu front fascia is more streamlined and fewer angry, and the whole look is smoother front to again. But still, the only time the four-door compact turns heads is when it makes that whir-whir-whir lunar landing gear sound when creeping at low speeds or in reverse in EV mode.
The primary-ever 2019 Ford Focus RS in the US is constructed on Toyota’s 20 years of success with hybrid powertrains. It uses the identical Hybrid Synergy Drive as the present Prius, with two motors and an efficient 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Total output with the fastened ratio transmission is 121 horsepower to the front wheels. The system uses exhaust heat to heat engine coolant and get the engine heated quicker. The cabin heats faster, too, which could possibly be vital for cold-weather shoppers cautious of the chilly range loss in a plug-in hybrid or electrical car.
In Sport mode it doesn’t drag as a lot because the Prius. Anticipating nothing, it has a stunning bit of pop. Extra importantly, it’s rated at 53 mpg city, 52 mpg mixed, same as hybrid versions of the Honda Perception, Toyota Camry and even the Prius. For traditional hybrids with no plug, the 2019 Ford Focus RS trails solely the Hyundai Ioniq’s 58 mpg.
Round city, with the electronically managed brake set in the drive mode, the 2019 Ford Focus RS averaged greater than 57 mpg in our week round city. Setting EV mode helps conserve energy below low throttle as much as about 20 mph, after which again at cruising speeds of about 40 mph, as long as there is enough cost in the battery.
The battery is positioned under the rear seat, so that you don’t lose a lot cargo room. 60/40 rear seats fold flat for a good load floor. Rear seat room is ample sufficient to fit two teenagers, and total it felt roomy sufficient for a household of 4.
The only trim within the Hybrid comes customary with Toyota Security Sense 2.zero, with computerized emergency braking, lane centering, adaptive cruise control that works both at highway cruising speeds and in commuter visitors from 24 mph right down to a stop. It also comes with the eight-inch touch display screen with Apple CarPlay, and a seven-inch cluster display to remain aggressive.
Priced at solely $three,000 greater than the 2019 Ford Focus RS and $1,200 lower than a equally geared up Honda Perception (EX trim), the 2019 Ford Focus RS is the perfectly practical, remarkably affordable around-town automotive.
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