2017 Ford Focus RS, Tested in Depth: Feel the Fire!

Trims and Options We’d Choose

It’s easy to balk at a $37K Ford Focus. But the RS symbolizes go-big-or-go-home thinking, with our $39,780 test car serving as our preferred configuration. Its Stealth Gray paint is coolly subdued (black, white, and neon blue also are available), and the $2785 RS2 package—navigation; heated front seats, exterior mirrors, and steering wheel; grippier seat inserts; and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat in place of a six-way manual chair—makes this little brute a touch easier to tolerate. Snow Belters can find a less expensive 18-inch winter wheel-and-tire package than the $1995 bundle that Ford offers. And we’d also pass on the RS’s $1990 forged 19-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, which, despite being reasonably priced and flypaper-sticky, magnify the car’s already bouncy and jittery ride. Additional highlights that you don’t have to pay extra for:


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