Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Focus VS 2016 Hyundai Accent Near Peoria, AZ

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2017 Ford Focus

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2016 Hyundai Accent

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 Accent doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Focus Titanium’s 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 Accent doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Focus SEL/Titanium has standard Reverse Sensing System to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of their vehicle. The Focus also has a standard backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Accent doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

To help make backing safer, the Focus Titanium’s 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 Accent doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available blind spot warning systems.

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 Hyundai Accent:

 

Focus

Accent

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

201

210

Neck Injury Risk

31.3%

35%

Neck Stress

239 lbs.

486 lbs.

Neck Compression

54 lbs.

88 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

168/250 lbs.

342/174 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

207

340

Neck Injury Risk

39.5%

56%

Neck Stress

173 lbs.

300 lbs.

Neck Compression

41 lbs.

84 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 Sedan is safer than the Accent:

 

Focus

Accent

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

7 cm

9 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

1%/0%

1.14%/.55%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Tibia index R/L

.58/.42

1.14/.55

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 Hyundai Accent:

 

Focus

Accent

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

322

Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

218 G’s

271 G’s

Hip Force

293 lbs.

413 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

347

812

Spine Acceleration

60 G’s

91 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

182

231

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

698 lbs.

747 lbs.

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

In a 31 MPH side-impact test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashes a 3300 pound sled into the side of new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Focus Sedan is safer than the Accent:

 

Focus

Accent

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Structure

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

 

Driver

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

MARGINAL

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Injury Criterion

257

258

 

Rear Passenger

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Injury Criterion

222

366

Shoulder Movement

29 mm

36 mm

The Ford Focus has a better fatality history. The Focus was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 50% lower per vehicle registered than the Accent, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 5 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 Accent’s 410-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Focus’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 23 more horsepower (160 vs. 137) and 23 lbs.-ft. more torque (146 vs. 123) than the Accent’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Focus 4 cyl. is faster than the Hyundai Accent (manual transmissions tested):

 

Focus

Accent

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

21.9 sec

22.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

16.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

86 MPH

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Focus 4 cyl. is faster than the Hyundai Accent (automatics tested):

 

Focus

Accent

Zero to 30 MPH

3.2 sec

3.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.5 sec

10.3 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.7 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

17.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.5 MPH

81.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Focus SE Sedan SFE gets better fuel mileage than the Accent:

 

 

Focus

Accent

 

 

1.0 3 cyl./6-spd. Manual

30 city/40 hwy

27 city/37 hwy

1.6 4 cyl./Manual

 

1.0 3 cyl./6-spd. Auto

27 city/38 hwy

26 city/36 hwy

1.6 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

26 city/38 hwy

n/a

 

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 Accent doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

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.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

 

Focus

Accent

Front Rotors

10.9 inches

10.1 inches

The Focus stops much shorter than the Accent:

 

Focus

Accent

 

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Focus has larger standard tires than the Accent (195/65R15 vs. 175/70R14). The Focus’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Accent (215/50R17 vs. 195/50R16).

The Focus S Sedan’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 SE’s standard 70 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Focus S Sedan has standard 15-inch wheels. Smaller 14-inch wheels are standard on the Accent SE. The Focus’ optional 17-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.

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 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.

The Focus’ drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Accent doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

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 Focus SE Hatchback handles at .83 G’s, while the Accent Sport Hatchback pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Focus Titanium Sedan executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Accent SE Sedan (27.2 seconds vs. 28.3 seconds).

The Focus Titanium Hatchback executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Accent Sport Hatchback (26.8 seconds vs. 28.2 seconds).

Chassis Comparison

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 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.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Focus Sedan has 1.3 inches more front legroom, 2.6 inches more front hip room, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom and 5.6 inches more rear hip room than the Accent Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Focus Hatchback has a much larger cargo area than the Accent Hatchback with its rear seat up (23.3 vs. 21.2 cubic feet).

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 Accent doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard 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.

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 Accent’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 Accent doesn’t offer an exterior PIN 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 Hyundai Accent doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Focus 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 only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Focus Titanium detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Accent doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Focus (except S) 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.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Focus’ optional (except S) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Accent doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Focus Titanium has a standard 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.

Optional SYNC AppLink for the Focus (not available S) allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Accent doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

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 not available in all areas.) The Accent doesn’t offer a navigation system.

With standard voice command, the Focus offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Accent doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Focus, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Accent.

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 Accent 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 Accent because typical repairs cost less on the Focus than the Accent, including $74 less for a water pump, $46 less for an alternator, $10 less for a starter and $53 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The Ford Focus outsold the Hyundai Accent by over two to one during the 2016 model year.

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