American enthusiasts have always had a green eye for Europe’s “Hot Hatch” segment, longing for an American version of the sport compacts that have been available overseas but not on US soil. Although America had a Ford Escort, it was not the high-performance Escort RS Cosworth. Ford unveiled its successor to the Escort, the Focus, in 1998. Once again, the best USDM Focus was lackluster compared to the top of the line European-spec Focus RS. Finally, in late 2010, Ford released the third-generation Ford Focus. This model shared many traits with its European counterpart, including a 252 horsepower EcoBoost engine under the hood of the 2012+ Focus ST. Ford’s commitment to this segment answered the prayers of many fanatics while putting competitors on notice.
As with much of the Ford product line after 2009, the Ford Fusion line also came equipped with EcoBoost engines. The second-generation Fusion released in 2013 initially came equipped with three variants of EcoBoost engines, including a 240-horsepower variant of the 2.0-liter engine that is shared with the Focus ST. In 2017, Ford introduced the Focus Sport trim, equipped with a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine making 325 horsepower.