The Ford Focus Electric is Now the Cheapest Car in America

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
the ford focus electric is now the cheapest car in america

The Ford Focus Electric is one of the most unloved models in North America right now, and its lonely existence translates into big savings for thrifty shoppers willing to make do with a less-capable EV. Ford cut $6,000 from the car’s price in 2015, and sales continued to fall despite a $4,000 price reduction the year before. You can also lease one right now for little more than a smile and a handshake.

Electric cars remain a difficult sell, especially considering there is always something better right around the corner, but leasing them is exceptionally popular — comprising roughly three-quarters of the EV market. It makes sense when lease-rate comparisons typically work out to EVs being more affordable than a similarly priced internal combustion vehicle.

Eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit and $2,500 clean vehicle rebate in California, leftover 2016 Focus Electrics can be leased at $119 a month over a 36-month term with only $669 down. According to CarsDirect, this month saw an impressive swell of discounts up to $15,000. The resulting $50 per month drop and $1,330 less due at signing makes this the cheapest EV on market.

In fact, it’s the cheapest lease deal CarsDirect could find among 420 vehicles of all types.

Also unbelievably low is its 76 mile range. The 2016 Focus Electric is a technological dinosaur and, despite being slightly more fun to drive, it hasn’t aged any better than the 2016 Nissan’s Leaf. Nissan’s venerable EV can be scooped up for $199 a month and $1,999 down, or a little less if you remind dealers that it’s now the older uglier model with a tepid 84 mile range. (For 2017, Ford has bumped up the EV’s range to an even 100 miles.)

The 2016 Kia Soul EV is also priced slightly below dirt this month. California-specific EV models are set at $169 for 39 months after the buyer puts down $999.

Because federal, state, and local incentives are rolled into the price of a lease, along with any discounts applied by the manufacturer or dealer, a $30,000 dollar EV can be priced below a $16,000 gas burner. So, if you are in the market to lease and don’t need to grind through a lot of miles during your daily commute, electrics can be among the more affordable options — especially if you live on the West Coast.

[Image: Ford Motor Co.]

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  • Master Baiter Master Baiter on Feb 10, 2017

    One of my coworkers has one of these and he's had nothing but trouble with it. . .

    • VoGo VoGo on Feb 10, 2017

      When will Hardee's be like Whole Foods and install EV electric chargers in their parking lot?

  • Stingray65 Stingray65 on Feb 10, 2017

    New Headline: Focus Electric in now the biggest money loser in America.

    • VoGo VoGo on Feb 10, 2017

      Please show an iota of evidence about the profitability of the Focus Electric.

  • StormEagle 400 miles range
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  • Lou_BC You'd think cops would have an understanding of the laws they are supposed to enforce.
  • Merlyn I’m on my second Spark and love it! I can pass any car I’ve never had a problem going up a hill it does just fine. As for cargo I can fit three suitcases, two book bags and still have the front seat for a passenger. Not sure what point this guy is trying to make. I have hand free phone service and Sirius radio plug in my phone and have navigation. I would buy another spark in a heartbeat.
  • Buickman I won't own one and I'll be happy!