Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2013 Ford Focus VS 2012 Toyota Prius Near Goodyear, AZ

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2013 Ford Focus

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2012 Toyota Prius

Safety Comparison

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 Toyota Prius v doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Focus Titanium has standard parking sensors to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of their vehicle. The Focus Titanium also has a standard backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Prius v 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 Prius v doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

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 Prius v 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 Prius v have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Focus’ warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Focus’ 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 26 more horsepower (160 vs. 134) than the Prius v’s 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Focus is faster than the Toyota Prius v (automatics tested):


Prius v

Zero to 30 MPH

3.2 sec

3.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.5 sec

10.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.7 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

18.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.5 MPH

78 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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 Prius v doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Focus’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the Prius v:


Prius v

Front Rotors

10.95 inches

10.8 inches

The Focus stops much shorter than the Prius v:


Prius v

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

151 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Focus Titanium’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Prius v (235/40R18 vs. 215/50R17).

The Focus Titanium’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Prius v’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Focus Titanium offers optional 18-inch wheels. The Prius v’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

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 Prius v, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 Toyota Prius v has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Focus has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Prius v’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Focus has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Focus flat and controlled during cornering. The Prius v’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Focus SE 5dr Hatchback executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.2 seconds quicker than the Prius v (27.6 seconds vs. 29.8 seconds).

For better maneuverability, the Focus’ turning circle is .1 feet tighter than the Prius v’s (36 feet vs. 36.1 feet). The Focus’ turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the Prius v w/17" wheels’ (36 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Focus may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 350 pounds less than the Toyota Prius v.

The Focus 5dr Hatchback is 10.1 inches shorter than the Prius v, making the Focus easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Focus uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Prius v doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Prius v doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard on both the Focus and the Prius v 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 Prius v 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 Prius v doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Focus’ power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Prius v’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The Focus (except S)’s optional 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 Prius v doesn’t offer dual zone 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 SE/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 Prius v doesn’t offer a navigation system.

The Focus 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 Prius v doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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