For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Focus have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Hyundai Accent doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
The Focus SEL/Titanium offers optional parking sensors to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of their vehicle. The Focus SEL/Titanium also offers an optional backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Accent doesn’t offer any parking assist system.
The Focus’ blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver's blind spots. The Accent doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.
Compared to metal, the Focus’ plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Hyundai Accent has a metal gas tank.
The Focus (except S) offers optional SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Accent doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the Focus and the Accent have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.
For its top level performance in frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard AdvanceTrac™, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Focus as a “Top Pick” for 2011, a rating only granted to 98 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Accent has not been tested, yet.
There are almost 7 times as many Ford dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Focus’ warranty.
To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Focus has a standard 590-amp battery. The Accent’s 410-amp battery isn’t as powerful.
The Focus’ 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 22 more horsepower (160 vs. 138) and 23 lbs.-ft. more torque (146 vs. 123) than the Accent’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.
The Focus has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Accent (12.4 vs. 11.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The Focus has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Accent doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
For better stopping power the Focus’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the Accent:
The Focus stops shorter than the Accent:
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For better traction, the Focus has larger standard tires than the Accent (195/65R15 vs. 175/70R14). The Focus Titanium’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Accent (235/40R18 vs. 195/50R16).
The Focus S’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Accent GS/GLS’ standard 70 series tires. The Focus Titanium’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Accent’s optional 50 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Focus S has standard 15-inch wheels. Smaller 14-inch wheels are standard on the Accent GS/GLS. The Focus Titanium’s optional 18-inch wheels are larger than the 16-inch wheels optional on the Accent.
The Ford Focus’ wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Hyundai Accent only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.
The Focus Titanium offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Accent, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.
For superior ride and handling, the Ford Focus has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Hyundai Accent has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.
The Focus has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Focus flat and controlled during cornering. The Accent’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Focus’ wheelbase is 3.1 inches longer than on the Accent (104.3 inches vs. 101.2 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Focus is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Accent.
The Focus’ front to rear weight distribution is more even (58.5% to 41.5%) than the Accent’s (60.6% to 39.4%). This gives the Focus more stable handling and braking.
The design of the Ford Focus amounts to more than styling. The Focus has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .295 Cd. That is lower than the Accent (.3 to .31) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Focus get better fuel mileage.
The front grille of the Focus (except ) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Accent doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Focus Sedan has 1.9 inches more front legroom, 2.6 inches more front hip room, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 5.5 inches more rear hip room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Accent 4dr.
The Focus 5dr Hatchback has 1.9 inches more front legroom, 2.6 inches more front hip room, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 5.5 inches more rear hip room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Accent 5dr.
The Focus 5dr Hatchback has a much larger cargo area than the Accent 5dr with its rear seat up (23.8 vs. 21.2 cubic feet).
The Focus automatic offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Accent doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Focus has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Accent doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.
The Focus’ standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows cost extra on the Accent.
The power windows available on both the Focus and the Accent have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Focus is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Accent prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.
In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the available exterior keypad. The Accent doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.
Intelligent Access standard on the Focus Titanium allows the driver to unlock the doors, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the car in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Hyundai Accent doesn’t offer an advanced key system.
The Focus SEL/Titanium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Accent’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
The Focus SE/SEL/Titanium has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Accent doesn’t offer automatic headlights.
The Focus has standard power remote mirrors. The Accent only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.
The Focus SE/SEL/Titanium’s optional outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Accent doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.
The Focus SEL/Titanium’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Accent doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.
The Focus SE/SEL/Titanium offers optional heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Accent.
The Focus SEL/Titanium offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Accent doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.
The Focus SEL/Titanium’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Accent doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
The Focus SEL/Titanium’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Accent doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.
To direct the driver from any location to a given street address with audible turn-by-turn directions, a GPS navigation system is available on the Focus SEL/Titanium. The Focus’ navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Accent doesn’t offer a navigation system.
With optional voice command, the Focus offers the driver hands free control of the radio and cell phone by simply speaking. The Accent doesn’t offer a voice control system.
The Focus SEL/Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Accent doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Focus is less expensive to operate than the Accent because typical repairs cost much less on the Focus than the Accent, including $80 less for an alternator, $273 less for fuel injection and $58 less for front struts.