The Taming of the Turbo

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Ford Focus SE
Starting MSRP: $19,245
Under the “Less Is More” banner sits the Focus SE — the second trim level in the model lineup. The SE is powered by a 1.0-liter EcoBoost with three — count ‘em three — cylinders. Thanks to its turbo and sophisticated direct-injection fuel system, the motor is a powerhouse that generates 123 horsepower. Along with its small displacement, the 1.0-liter engine also uses auto start/stop technology to maximize its fuel efficiency to the tune of 30 mpg city / 40 mpg highway / 34 mpg combined. The base $17,950 Focus S sports a 160-horsepower naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter engine that returns 25 mpg city / 34 mpg highway / 28 mpg combined. There are eight trims above the SE — including the mighty 350-horse RS.

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