Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2016 Ford Focus VS 2016 Hyundai Elantra Near Avondale, AZ

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2016 Ford Focus

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2016 Hyundai Elantra

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 Hyundai Elantra GT doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Focus’ optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

To help make backing safer, the Focus’ optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Focus and the Elantra GT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, and an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Focus as a “Top Pick” for 2015. The Elantra GT has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 7 times as many Ford dealers as there are Hyundai 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 Elantra GT’s 550-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Focus 4 cyl. is faster than the Hyundai Elantra GT (automatics tested):

Focus

Elantra GT

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

8.4 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

13.3 sec

14.5 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

4 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

16.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.7 MPH

84.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Focus SFE 3 cyl. SMG gets better fuel mileage than the Elantra GT Auto (28 city/40 hwy vs. 24 city/33 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Focus gets better fuel mileage than the Elantra GT:

Focus

Elantra GT

1.0 turbo 3 cyl./6-spd. Manual

30 city/42 hwy

n/a

 

2.0 4 cyl./6-spd. Manual

26 city/36 hwy

24 city/33 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

2.0 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

26 city/38 hwy

24 city/33 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Focus 1.0 ECOBoost’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Elantra GT doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

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 Elantra GT doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Focus stops much shorter than the Elantra GT:

Focus

Elantra GT

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Focus Titanium’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Elantra GT (235/40R18 vs. 215/45R17).

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 Elantra GT’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Focus Titanium offers optional 18-inch wheels. The Elantra GT’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 Elantra GT, 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 Hyundai Elantra GT has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Focus Titanium Hatchback handles at .90 G’s, while the Elantra GT pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Focus Titanium Hatchback executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Elantra GT (26.8 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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 Elantra GT doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Focus has 1.1 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more rear headroom and 1.8 inches more rear hip room than the Elantra GT.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Focus Hatchback has a larger cargo area than the Elantra GT with its rear seat up (23.3 vs. 23 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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

The Focus 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 Elantra GT’s optional 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 PIN entry system. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its extra cost Blue Link can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

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 Elantra GT doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Focus SE/Titanium’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 Elantra GT doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Focus is less expensive to operate than the Elantra GT because it costs $63 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Focus than the Elantra GT, including $20 less for a water pump, $51 less for an alternator, $1 less for front brake pads, $86 less for front struts and $100 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Focus won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Hyundai Elantra GT didn't win any award.

The Focus was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 7 of the last 17 years. The Elantra GT has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Focus was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 4 of the last 16 years. The Elantra GT has never been an “All Star.”

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