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8 Best 2017 All-Wheel-Drive Hatchbacks

3. Ford Focus RS

Four driver selected suspension settings, such as “Track” and “Drift,” are the number one choice for rally-driver wannabes. It is also a favorite for hatchback lovers who live for sporty, AWD vehicles with a firm suspension that hugs every crease in the road. Starting at $36,120, the Ford Focus RS comes standard with a 4-cylinder 2.3L EcoBoost engine and 350 HP.

This car doesn’t get the best reviews in regards to maintenance costs and everyday drivability. For one, the high performance tires wrapped around 19” wheels are more expensive to replace. Also, the rough drive caused by performance enhancing features make it less desirable to use as a daily commuter.  All that being said, the Ford Focus RS outperformed the Subaru WRX, WRX STI, and VW Golf R. Plus, it’s on the lower end of the pricing spectrum for its class.  The Ford Focus RS utilizes standard features such as:

  • Aerodynamic design
  • Partial leather RECARDO seats stamped with RS logo
  • Sony 10 speaker audio system
  • Aluminum pedals and shifter

The level of standard driving features is almost as advanced as the VW Golf R. If you need to stop collecting speeding tickets, like yesterday, this might not be the best car for you. While at slower speeds the Ford Focus RS tends to have a vibrating and jerky feel, it delivers a much better ride going twice the speed limit.

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This nationally recognized, award-winning writer brings to Carpreview.com two decades of automotive testing and reporting for newspapers, books, magazines, and the Internet. The former Executive Auto Editor of Consumer Guide, Chuck has covered cars for HowStuffWorks.com, Collectible Automobile magazine, and the Publications International Ltd. automotive book series. This ex-newspaper reporter has also appeared as an automotive expert on network television and radio. He’s a charter member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association, the president of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Media association, and a juror for the annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards. Chuck writes from Colorado Springs, Colo. If you have a question for Chuck, write to him at [email protected]