Used Car of the Day: 2016 Ford Focus RS

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

The 2016 Ford Focus RS has been beloved around these parts for being fun to drive. Today we feature a low-mileage example out of the Pacific Northwest.

There are 21,700 miles on the car, which has the standard wheels and a moonroof. There are winter tires on it right now -- and the winter wheels are a bit scuffed. The seller has summer tires on another set of the same wheels, and those wheels aren't scuffed. However, the tires need to be replaced.

The car is still under warranty until this fall.

Our seller has kept it mostly stock, with upgrades including window tints, a European center console, and a USB upgrade that allows for Apple CarPlay capability.

The head gasket recall has been done. Cosmetically speaking, the car does have some rock chips and the like, and the lower front fascia was scuffed by the seller.

Otherwise the car appears to be in good condition. The ask is $38,000 and the car is in Portland, Oregon.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • MaintenanceCosts MaintenanceCosts on Mar 20, 2024

    The first Focus RS, the one with the 5-cylinder that we never got in the U.S., might be worth the expense and hassle.

    This one is just a Focus ST with a bored-out engine, a worse reliability record, and a lot of forum hype.

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    • Analoggrotto Analoggrotto on Mar 20, 2024

      According to the internet dadbod gallery, the planet earth doesn't turn as well as the friggin beloved Civic Type-R.

  • FreedMike FreedMike on Mar 20, 2024

    Positives: Great condition, not modded, low miles.

    Negatives: nose-candy price

    These may be collectible, and if so this one's definitely a great example. Still, that price...

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