2018 Ford Focus

small car / 4-door sedan

2018 Ford Focus 4-door sedan
2017 Ford Focus 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

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Optional daytime running lights
  • 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
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver 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.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1314
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 16
Footrest (cm) 8
Left toepan (cm) 8
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 0
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 7
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 18
Upper dash (cm) 14
Lower instrument panel (cm) 11

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1314
Head
HIC-15 133
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 4
Maximum Nij 0.28
Chest maximum compression (mm) 19
Femur (kN)
Left 3.6
Right 2.3
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 9
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 1
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.58
Right 0.42
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.6
Right 3.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 52
Right 100

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

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
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1020
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 4
Left (cm) 7
Center (cm) 6
Right (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 0
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 2
Rearward (cm) 5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1020
Head
HIC-15 271
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 9
Maximum Nij 0.20
Chest maximum compression (mm) 26
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.3
Femur force - right (kN) 0.1
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.38
Maximum tibia index - right 0.83
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 71
Right 84

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

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
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger 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.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES1111
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -13.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES1111
Head HIC-15 257
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 34
Lateral force (kN) 2.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 26
Average deflection (mm) 23
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.58
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.26
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.1
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.1
Combined force (kN) 2.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.7
L-M moment (Nm) 69
A-P moment (Nm) 19

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES1111
Head HIC-15 222
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.1
Compression (kN) 1.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 29
Lateral force (kN) 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 33
Average deflection (mm) 22
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.94
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.40
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.9
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.9
Combined force (kN) 4.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.3
L-M moment (Nm) 72
A-P moment (Nm) 18

How the side crash test is conducted

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

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Manual cloth seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 22
Distance below top of head (mm) 32
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.2
Head contact time (ms) 49
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 12
Max neck tension (N) 582

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2016-18 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim SE
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor and the ability to borrow lower anchors from the other seating positions.

Note: When anchors are borrowed, they aren't available to use in their designated positions.

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim SE
Seat type cloth
1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
Can be borrowed from 1 and 3
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 22
Clearance angle (degrees) 87
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 25
Clearance angle (degrees) 91
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2

Lower anchor A
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Lower anchor B
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 20
Clearance angle (degrees) 86
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 18
Clearance angle (degrees) 85
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Applies to 2016-18 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim SE
Seat type leather

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor and the ability to borrow lower anchors from the other seating positions.

Note: When anchors are borrowed, they aren't available to use in their designated positions.

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim SE
Seat type leather
1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
Can be borrowed from 1 and 3
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 26
Clearance angle (degrees) 75
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 22
Clearance angle (degrees) 61
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2

Lower anchor A
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Lower anchor B
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 24
Clearance angle (degrees) 81
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 24
Clearance angle (degrees) 83
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

How child seat anchors are evaluated