Tech Spec: 2017 Ford Focus

The 2017 Ford Focus remains one of the world’s most popular nameplates. Focus is available in either sedan or hatchback, with engine choice offerings that include a 2.0-liter Ti-VCT or 1.0-liter EcoBoost, which can be optioned with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with available SelectShift functionality.

Ford’s 2017 Focus has available Sync 3 enhanced voice recognition and entertainment system with AppLink and 911 Assist, an 8-inch center LCD touchscreen with available navigation and swiping and pinch-to-zoom capabilities.

Focus also offers available technology like Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert, a lane-keeping system, heated steering wheel and LED signature lighting. Available active park assist uses the car’s 12 ultrasonic sensors to scan for suitable parking spaces and assist in backing into a spot while the driver controls the gear shifter, brake and accelerator pedals.

The 2017 Focus is available in 10 models. New for 2017 is an SEL package, which includes 17-inch machined-aluminum wheels with black-painted bezels and power moonroof. It comes standard with a 2.0L Ti-VCT direct-injection I-4 engine with flex fuel capability and a six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission with SelectShift.

The complete 2017 model lineup includes:

  • 2017 Focus S sedan, with standard 2.0L Ti-VCT direct-injection I-4 engine with flex fuel capability and a five-speed manual transmission. The six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission is optional. The sedan is rated at 25 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.
  • 2017 Focus SE sedan, with standard 1.0L EcoBoost engine with auto start-stop technology and six-speed manual transmission. The 2.0L Ti-VCT direct-injection I-4 engine with flex fuel capability, six-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift and six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission are optional. The sedan is rated at 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.
  • 2017 Focus SE hatch, with standard 2.0L Ti-VCT direct-injection I-4 engine with Flex Fuel capability and six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission. The hatchback is rated at 26 mpg city and 38 mpg highway.
  • 2017 Focus SEL sedan, with standard 2.0L Ti-VCT direct-injection I-4 engine with Flex Fuel capability and a six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission with SelectShift. The sedan is rated at 26 mpg city/36 mpg highway.
  • 2017 Focus SEL hatch, with a standard 2.0L Ti-VCT direct-injection I-4 engine with FlexFuel capability and a six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission with SelectShift.
  • 2017 Focus Titanium sedan, with a standard 2.0L Ti-VCT directinjection I-4 engine with Flex Fuel capability and a six-speed Power Shift automatic transmission with SelectShift. The sedan is rated at 26 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.
  • 2017 Focus Titanium hatch, with a standard 2.0L Ti-VCT directinjection I-4 engine with Flex Fuel capability and six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission with SelectShift. The hatchback is rated at 26 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.
  • 2017 Focus ST, with a standard 2.0L I-4 EcoBoost engine.
  • 2017 Focus Electric.
  • 2017 Focus RS, with a 350-horsepower 2.3L EcoBoost engine.

The entry-level S sedan carries a starting MSRP of $16,775. However, a top-of-the-line Focus RS, complete with a 2.3L EcoBoost engine, six-speed manual transmission, the RS2 interior package, power moonroof and 19-inch premium painted forged-aluminum wheel with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires carries a price tag just over $42,000.

Servicing the 2017 Ford Focus

The Focus is equipped with the Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor system, which displays a message in the information display at the proper oil change interval. This interval may be up to one year or 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometers).

When the oil change message appears in the information display, it is time for an oil change. The oil change should be performed within two weeks or 500 miles (800 kilometers) of the message appearing. Make sure the Intelligent Oil Life Monitor is reset after each oil change.

If the information display resets prematurely or becomes inoperative, an oil change interval should be performed at six months or 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) from the last oil change. Never exceed one year or 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometers) between oil change intervals. Regardless of vehicle use, the following should be checked at regular intervals:

Check every month:

  • Engine oil level
  • Function of all interior and exterior lights
  • Tires for wear and proper pressure
  • Windshield washer fluid level

Check every six months:

  • Battery connections; clean, if necessary
  • Body and door drain holes for obstructions; clean, if necessary
  • Cooling system fluid level and coolant strength
  • Door weatherstrips for wear; lubricate, if necessary
  • Hinges, latches and outside locks for proper operation; lubricate, if necessary
  • Parking brake for proper operation
  • Safety belts and seat latches for wear and function
  • Safety warning lamps for operation
  • Washer spray and wiper operation; clean or replace blades, as necessary

At every maintenance interval, the following should be inspected during a routine multi-point inspection:

  • Accessory drive belt(s)
  • Battery performance
  • Engine air filter
  • Exhaust system
  • Exterior lamps operation
  • Fluid levels; fill, if necessary (brake, coolant recovery reservoir, automatic transmission and window washer)
  • For oil and fluid leaks
  • Half-shaft dust boots
  • Hazard warning system operation
  • Radiator, cooler, heater and air conditioning hoses
  • Suspension components for leaks and damage
  • Steering and linkage
  • Tires for wear and proper pressure (if vehicle is equipped with a temporary mobility kit, check the tire sealant expiration Use By date on the canister; replace, as needed)
  • Windshield for cracks, chips or pits
  • Washer spray and wiper operation

The Focus’ Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor will let drivers know when it is due for maintenance. Vehicles used for normal commuting with highway driving; no, or moderate, load or towing; flat to moderate hilly roads; and no extended idling should see a service message between 7,500-10,000 miles (12,000-16,000 km). Vehicles used for moderate to heavy load or towing; mountainous or offroad conditions; extended idling; or extended hot or cold operation should expect a service message between 5,000-7,499 miles (8,000-11,999 km). Vehicles used for maximum load or towing or extreme hot or cold operation should expect a service message between 3,000-4,999 miles (4,800-7,999 km).

At every oil change interval as indicated by the information display:

  • Change engine oil and filter
  • Rotate tires, inspect tire wear and measure tread depth
  • Perform a multi-point inspection
  • Inspect the automatic transmission fluid level (if equipped with a dipstick)
  • Inspect the brake pads, shoes, rotors, drums, brake linings, hoses and parking brake
  • Inspect the engine cooling system strength and hoses
  • Inspect the exhaust system and heat shields
  • Inspect the half-shaft boots
  • Inspect the steering linkage, ball joints, suspension and tie-rod ends; lubricate, if equipped with grease fittings
  • Inspect the wheels and related components for abnormal noise, wear, looseness or drag

Every 20,000 miles (32,000 km):

  • Replace cabin air filter

Every 30,000 miles (48,000 km):

  • Replace engine air filter

At 100,000 miles (160,000 km), then every three years or 50,000 miles (80,000 km):

  • Change engine coolant

Every 100,000 miles (160,000 km):

  • Replace spark plugs
  • Inspect accessory drive belt(s)

Every 150,000 miles (240,000 km):

  • Change automatic transmission fluid
  • Change manual transmission fluid
  • Replace accessory drive belt(s) if not replaced within the last 100,000 miles (160,000 km)
  • Replace timing and oil pump belt (1.0L engine)

SPECIAL OPERATING CONDITIONS

If the vehicle is operated primarily in any of the following conditions, perform the extra service as indicated.

USING A CAR-TOP CARRIER

As required:

  • Change engine oil and filter as indicated by the information display and perform services listed in the normal scheduled maintenance chart

Every 60,000 miles (96,000 km):

  • Change manual transmission fluid
  • Replace spark plugs

EXTENSIVE IDLING OR LOW-SPEED DRIVING FOR LONG DISTANCES, AS IN HEAVY COMMERCIAL USE

As required:

  • Change engine oil and filter as indicated by the information display and perform services listed in the normal scheduled maintenance chart

Inspect frequently, service as required:

  • Replace cabin air filter
  • Replace engine air filter

Every 60,000 miles (96,000 km):

  • Replace spark plugs

OPERATING IN DUSTY OR SANDY CONDITIONS, SUCH AS UNPAVED OR DUSTY ROADS

Inspect frequently, service as required:

  • Replace cabin air filter
  • Replace engine air filter

Every 5,000 miles (8,000 km):

  • Inspect the wheels and related components for abnormal noise, wear, looseness or drag
  • Rotate tires, inspect tires for wear and measure tread depth

Every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) or six months:

  • Change engine oil and filter
  • Perform multi-point inspection

Every 50,000 miles (80,000 km):

  • Change manual transmission fluid

EXTENSIVE USE OF E85

Every oil change:

  • If ran exclusively on E85, fill the fuel tank full with regular unleaded fuel

Fluids and Capacities

Motor oil: SAE 5W-20 (1.0L EcoBoost), SAE 5W-30 – fair weather use; SAE 0W-20 synthetic-blend (1.0L EcoBoost), SAE 0W-30 – alternate oil for extreme cold climate use; capacity is 1.2 gallons (4.6 liters) – including oil filter, 1.0L EcoBoost; 1.2 gallons (4.4 liters) – excluding oil filter, 1.0L EcoBoost; 1.1 gallons (4.3 liters) – including oil filter, 2.0L engine; 1.0 gallons (3.9 liters) – excluding oil filter, 2.0L engine
Coolant: Motorcraft Orange Prediluted Antifreeze/Coolant; capacity is 2.2 gallons (8.5 liters) – 1.0L EcoBoost; 2.2 gallons (8.5 liters) – 2.0L engine
Manual transmission fluid: Motorcraft Dual Clutch Transmission Fluid; capacity is 0.4 gallons (1.67 liters)
Automatic transmission fluid: Mercon LV;capacity is 2.3 gallons (8.6 liters) – 1.0L Eco-Boost; 0.4 gallons (1.7 liters) – 2.0L engine
Brake fluid: DOT 4 LV High Performance Motor Vehicle Brake Fluid