Top Safety Pick

2015 Ford Focus

small car / 4-door sedan

2015 Ford Focus 4-door sedan
2013 Ford Focus 4-door sedan shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Front crash prevention
Not available

Other available safety features

  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning
  • Optional lane departure prevention

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2012-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2013 Ford Focus SE 4-door

The Ford Focus was redesigned for the 2012 model year. The small overlap frontal ratings also apply to the 4-door hatchback version of the Focus, also redesigned for the 2012 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s head contacted the frontal airbag but slid off the left side, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward side structure. The side curtain airbag deployed but does not have sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with forward side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was not maintained well.

The dummy’s head contacted the frontal airbag but then slid off the left side. The side curtain airbag did not extend quite far enough forward toward the A-pillar to protect the head from contact with forward side structure.

Despite considerable intrusion by the door hinge pillar, risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2012-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2012 Ford Focus Titanium 4-door

The Ford Focus 4-door hatchback was redesigned for the 2012 model year. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Ford as part of frontal crash test verification. The moderate overlap frontal ratings also apply to the 4-door sedan version of the Focus, also redesigned for 2012.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Side

Rating applies to 2012-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2012 Ford Focus SE 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Ford Focus 4-door was redesigned for the 2012 model year. The side ratings also apply to the 4-door hatchback version of the Focus, also redesigned for the 2012 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side airbags.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2012-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2012 Ford Focus SE 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 2,985 lbs
Peak force 16,059 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.38

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2015-18 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry