Ford Focus RS Wins 2017 Car of the Year Award

Making their pick for the best new car this year,’s team of automotive experts is excited to announce the Ford Focus RS is the recipient of the outlet’s 2017 Car of the Year Award.

“The Ford Focus RS is available in North America for the first time ever, and it’s even better than we were expecting,” said AutoGuide Group Editorial Director Jonathan Yarkony. “Its combination of hard-core performance in a practical package made it an undeniable choice for this year’s 2017 Car of the Year.

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The Focus RS was pitted against some stiff competition, as AutoGuide’s team of editors evaluated the very best new models this year during five intensive days of back-to-back testing in Southern California.

In the end, after falling in love with the Focus RS’s drive, its impressive value sealed the deal.

Jamal Hameedi, Ford Performance Chief Engineer, said: “It’s an honor to receive this top prize from The success of Focus RS throughout 2016 is testament to the entire Ford team who put all of their energy into creating such a special car to capture the heart of any driving enthusiast.”

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The RS builds on what drivers liked about the Focus ST and makes it truly hardcore. The biggest upgrades to the rally-inspired racer are that all-wheel-drive system and the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that provides an addictive 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. That engine is hooked up exclusively to a slick six-speed manual, and with power to all four wheels, drivers have maximum traction powering out of corners. On top of all that, it’s still amazingly accessible with hatchback versatility and an easy-to-live-with nature.

“Congratulations to the team at Ford,” said Yarkony. “The Ford Focus RS is one of those rare cars that gets massive hype, and then still delivered beyond our wildest expectations. Not only is it a great deal on paper as a practical, all-wheel drive hatchback, but it leaps right to the top of the hot hatch segment with 350 hp, an enthusiast’s choice manual transmission and, best of all, its engaging character.”

Watch the whole 2017 Car of the Year video series of all the contenders here:

  • larryc

    could increase sales by 1 if they offered Kwaker green.

  • Paul

    So you say AutoGuidees

  • michont

    You knew it was going to happen. Ford puts the engine into the Mustang which may end up being the standard in a few years. So, just put it into a lighter weight Focus and out of the two, what one probably gets the best performance numbers? They need to “focus” getting their flagship Mustang where it needs to be. Sales drives everything but they need to keep the RS as the second tier performance model.

  • kaffekup

    I dunno, Car and Driver called the ride “brutal”… $36G is a lot for a Focus that’s going to sit in the same traffic as the rest of us. If it were a luxury car, I could see it, but it really looks more like a track toy.

  • Sam Burtis

    I want a performance car that doesn’t shout “I’m a performance car!!!” Please!!! The front end looks ridiculous, just for starters. VW understands. So do Audi and to some degree BMW. Take the silly looking…and useless in real word driving…rear wing off of the Subaru WRX STI and it will pass as not a boy racer too.

  • James Koenig

    “sponsored by Ford”

  • tjmorgan

    Focus? Really? That’s not a real car. I’ve got a golf cart that performs and looks better. Sorry.

  • Manny Falcon

    Uh, no you don’t…..