2012 Ford Focus is officially rated by U.S. EPA at 40 mgp highway

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Ford just got the official fuel economy rating from U.S. EPA for the 2012 Ford Focus. Just expected, the new 2012 Focus is rated at 40 miles per gallon highway and 28 mpg city by the Environmental Protection Agency, which makes it the best in its class.

But lets be clear here, not all 2012 Ford Focus models will have the 40-mgp fuel economy rating. Only the 2012 Focus SE sedan with SFE (super fuel economy) package and the six-speed automatic transmission was able to achieve the 40-mpg rating. Ford had revised the 2012 Focus SE sedan with an aerodynamic package, which added light 16-inch steel wheels wrapped in high-efficiency tires with aero-enhanced wheel covers, active grille shutters, and a rear spoiler in order to provide a low drag coefficient.

Although the 2011 Hyundai Elantra and 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco were able to reach this magic 40-mpg mark as well. But the 2012 Ford Focus is powered by a more powerful four-cylinder engine producing 160 horsepower, which is about 12 horsepower more than the Hyundai Elantra and 22 horsepower more than the Chevrolet Cruze Eco.

As gas prices reaching a national average of $3.50/gallon currently or to $4.00 per gallon as forecast in the future, it is prudent for Ford to stay ahead of the game to produce more fuel efficient vehicles, and the 2012 Focus SE SFE is one more model added to its 40-mpg car portfolio.