Test drive: 2014 Ford Focus

Is it worth it? The 2014 Ford Focus blows away all your assumptions about small cars, boasting a sleek design, affordable price, and strong safety ratings.

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A Ford Focus is displayed at a car dealership in San Jose, Calif. in 2011. The 2014 Ford Focus is one of the best small sedans on the market, Halvorson says.

If you still carry some bad memories over what small cars used to be, the 2014 Ford Focus is pretty much the antidote to that. Spend some time in the current Focus, and you'll understand what small cars can be; it's fun, attractive, well-equipped, but also affordable, and it's helped turn around the model's image--from formerly unremarkable to one of the best in its class.

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