Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Focus VS 2017 Honda Fit Near Goodyear, AZ

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2017 Ford Focus

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2017 Honda Fit

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 Fit 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 Fit doesn’t offer a lane departure warning 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 Fit 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 Honda Fit 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 Fit 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 Fit 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, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and 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 Honda Fit:

 

Focus

Fit

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

201

251

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 Fit:

 

Focus

Fit

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

206

Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches

Hip Force

293 lbs.

391 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

60 G’s

81 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

182

305

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

Warranty Comparison

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 Fit’s 340-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Focus SE Sedan’s standard 1.0 turbo 3 cyl. produces 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (125 vs. 114) than the Fit’s 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Focus’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 30 more horsepower (160 vs. 130) and 32 lbs.-ft. more torque (146 vs. 114) than the Fit’s 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

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

 

Focus

Fit

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

21.9 sec

23.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

86 MPH

Top Speed

121 MPH

118 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Focus 4 cyl. is faster than the Honda Fit (automatics tested):

 

Focus

Fit

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.7 MPH

85.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Focus SE Sedan SFE gets better fuel mileage than the Fit Manual (30 city/40 hwy vs. 29 city/36 hwy).

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

The Focus has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Fit (12.4 vs. 10.6 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 Fit doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

 

Focus

Fit

Front Rotors

10.9 inches

10.3 inches

Rear Drums

9 inches

7.9 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

10.7 inches

The Focus offers optional antilock four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the Fit. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Focus stops much shorter than the Fit:

 

Focus

Fit

 

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Focus has larger standard tires than the Fit (195/65R15 vs. 185/60R15). The Focus’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Fit (215/50R17 vs. 185/60R15).

The Focus’ optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Fit EX/EX-L’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Focus offers optional 17-inch wheels. The Fit’s largest wheels are only 16-inches.

The Ford Focus’ wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Honda Fit 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 Fit, 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 Honda Fit 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 Fit’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 Fit’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 Fit doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Focus’ wheelbase is 4.7 inches longer than on the Fit (104.3 inches vs. 99.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Focus is 3 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Fit.

The Focus SE Hatchback handles at .83 G’s, while the Fit EX pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Focus Titanium Hatchback executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the Fit EX-L (26.8 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .64 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 Fit doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Focus Hatchback is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the Fit is rated a Small Station Wagon.

The Focus has 1.7 inches more front legroom, 2.4 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom and 7.7 inches more rear hip room than the Fit.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Focus Hatchback has a much larger cargo area than the Fit with its rear seat up (23.3 vs. 16.6 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 Fit’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 Fit 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 Fit 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 Fit’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 Fit 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 Fit’s fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

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 Fit doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Focus’ power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Fit’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 Fit doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

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 Fit 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 Fit 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 Fit 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 Fit doesn’t offer automatic 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 Fit doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Focus owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Focus with a number “1” insurance rate while the Fit is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Focus is less expensive to operate than the Fit because typical repairs cost much less on the Focus than the Fit, including $48 less for a water pump, $211 less for a starter, $16 less for a fuel pump, $258 less for front struts and $213 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Focus outsold the Honda Fit by over three to one during the 2016 model year.

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