Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2014 Ford Focus VS 2013 Honda Civic Near Goodyear, AZ

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2014 Ford Focus

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2013 Honda Civic

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 Honda Civic doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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 Civic 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 Civic doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Focus and the Civic have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Honda Civic:

Focus

Civic

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

28%

37%

Neck Stress

188 lbs.

346 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

287/307 lbs.

529/351 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

Neck Stress

157 lbs.

159 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

345/45 lbs.

653/468 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Honda Civic:

Focus

Civic

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

314

575

Spine Acceleration

52 G’s

77 G’s

Hip Force

566 lbs.

760 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

182

193

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

44 G’s

Hip Force

698 lbs.

702 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The Focus comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 60,000 miles. Ford will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Honda doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Civic.

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Focus’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Focus has a standard 590 amp battery. The Civic’s 410 amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Focus’ 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 20 more horsepower (160 vs. 140) and 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (146 vs. 128) than the Civic’s 1.8 VTEC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Focus is faster than the Honda Civic (manual transmissions tested):

Focus

Civic

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

8.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16.6 sec

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Focus is faster than the Honda Civic (automatics tested):

Focus

Civic

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

9.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

21.3 sec

25.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.1 sec

9.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

83 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 Civic doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Focus’ standard brake rotors and drums are larger than those on the Civic:

Focus

Civic

Front Rotors

10.9 inches

10.3 inches

Rear Drums

9 inches

7.9 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

10.7 inches

 n/a

The Focus stops much shorter than the Civic:

Focus

Civic

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

133 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 Civic (235/40R18 vs. 205/55R16).

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 Civic EX’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Focus Titanium offers optional 18-inch wheels. The Civic’s largest wheels are only 16-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 Civic, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Focus is 2.2 inches wider in the front and .5 inches wider in the rear than on the Civic.

The Focus’ front to rear weight distribution is more even (58.5% to 41.5%) than the Civic’s (61% to 39%). This gives the Focus more stable handling and braking.

The Focus Titanium Sedan handles at .88 G’s, while the Civic EX Sedan pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Focus Titanium Sedan executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Civic EX Sedan (27.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Focus 5dr Hatchback is 3.9 inches shorter than the Civic Coupe, 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 Civic doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Focus Sedan has 3.4 inches more front hip room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Civic Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Focus Sedan has a larger trunk than the Civic Sedan (13.2 vs. 12.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The engine computer on the Focus automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Civic’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The power windows standard on both the Focus and the Civic 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 Civic prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Focus SE/Titanium’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Civic’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Focus’ available exterior keypad. The Civic doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

Intelligent Access standard on the Focus Titanium allows you to unlock the driver’s door, 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 vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Honda Civic doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Focus’ variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Civic LX/HF’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The Focus’ 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 Civic doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

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 Civic doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

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 Civic doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Focus will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Focus will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the Civic.

Focus

Civic

Five Year

44% to 45%

40%

Three Year

61% to 63%

51%

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Focus is less expensive to operate than the Civic because typical repairs cost less on the Focus than the Civic, including $75 less for a starter, $31 less for fuel injection, $170 less for a fuel pump and $15 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Focus won three awards in Kiplinger’s 2013 car issue. The Honda Civic only won two awards.

Popular Mechanics performed a comparison test in its August 2012 issue and the Ford Focus SE Sedan won out over the Honda Civic EX Sedan.

The Focus was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 7 of the last 14 years. The Civic hasn’t been picked since 1996.

The Focus was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 4 of the last 13 years. The Civic hasn’t been picked since 1997.

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