Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2016 Ford Focus VS 2016 Toyota Corolla Near Avondale, AZ

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2016 Ford Focus

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2016 Toyota Corolla

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 Corolla 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 Corolla doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Focus’ optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Corolla doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

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 Corolla doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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 Corolla 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 Corolla 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 and available rear parking sensors.

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 Toyota Corolla:

Focus

Corolla

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

201

212

Neck Stress

239 lbs.

362 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

168/250 lbs.

314/513 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

39.5%

41%

Neck Compression

41 lbs.

78 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Corolla:

Focus

Corolla

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

133

154

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

19 cm

21 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Tibia index R/L

.58/.42

.82/.49

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 Toyota Corolla:

Focus

Corolla

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

154

Hip Force

293 lbs.

412 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

60 G’s

70 G’s

Hip Force

626 lbs.

765 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

182

198

Hip Force

698 lbs.

868 lbs.

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

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 Corolla is not a “Top Pick” for 2015.

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.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Focus has a standard 590-amp battery. The Corolla’s 356-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Focus’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 20 more horsepower (160 vs. 140) and 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (146 vs. 126) than the Corolla LE Eco’s standard 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Focus 4 cyl. is faster than the Corolla LE Eco (automatics tested):

Focus

Corolla

Zero to 30 MPH

2.9 sec

3.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

9.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

13.3 sec

15.8 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

4 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.7 MPH

82.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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 Corolla 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 Corolla doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Focus stops much shorter than the Corolla:

Focus

Corolla

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

149 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 Corolla (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 Corolla S/Special Edition’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Focus Titanium offers optional 18-inch wheels. The Corolla’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 Corolla, 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 Corolla 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 Corolla’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Focus has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Corolla doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Focus is 1.2 inches wider in the front and .3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Corolla.

The Focus’ front to rear weight distribution is more even (58.5% to 41.5%) than the Corolla’s (60.9% to 39.1%). This gives the Focus more stable handling and braking.

The Focus Titanium Sedan handles at .88 G’s, while the Corolla LE Eco 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 1.1 seconds quicker than the Corolla LE Eco (27.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Focus Sedan is 3.9 inches shorter than the Corolla L/LE/LE Eco, 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 Corolla doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Focus Sedan is quieter than the Corolla S:

Focus

Corolla

At idle

37 dB

39 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

77 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Focus has .8 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom and 8.9 inches more rear hip room than the Corolla.

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 climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Corolla doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard on both the Focus and the Corolla 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 Corolla 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 Corolla’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 PIN entry system. The Corolla doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry 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 Corolla L’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 SE/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 Corolla doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

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

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 Corolla 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 Corolla doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 Corolla 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 Corolla doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Focus won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Toyota Corolla only won one award.

The Focus was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 7 of the last 17 years. The Corolla 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 Corolla has never been an “All Star.”

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