Notes: The 2016 Ford Focus & its "Powershift" transmission has a defect trend where the car shudders when accelerating, especially when starting uphill.

Most owners have reported their Ford Focus remains driveable while the vehicle is still at low mileage, but the shuddering is annoying & unpleasant & may reduce the resale value of the vehicle.

However, owners of higher-mileage vehicles from earlier 3rd generation Focus model years report transmission failure & a host of other major & expensive transmission-related problems. Potential buyers beware.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
50 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2016 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #1

May 172016

Focus SE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles


car hesitates and makes noises when i accelerate

We just signed a lease for three years after I put $3,000 down on a brand new Ford Focus, 2016 SE with no miles on it. I'll be paying $200.00 per month for the next 36 month. The car won't smoothly start up from a stop like at a red light or a stop sign. It hesitates for a long time and it takes a while before it finally gets up to the proper speed. It always feels like it's about to stall out on me. I hate driving this car. That's really something to say about driving a brand new car with no miles on it when you just picked it up and put that much money down on it and are committed to paying for it for the next 36 months. I personally will not drive this car, and I told my husband that since he's not bothered by it at all, he can do all the driving and get me everywhere I have to go. This car feels very unsafe and I know there's something very wrong with it. I doubt that the dealership that I thought was reputable will be able to fix it from what I read from the other complaints about these Ford Focuses. I wish I could have my previous car and not bought this Ford. Ford stands for Fix Or Repair Daily.

- Elise G., Raleigh, NC, US

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