North Georgia Ford Compares 2013 Ford Focus VS 2013 Toyota Corolla Near Calhoun, GA

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2013 Ford Focus

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2013 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 Titanium has standard parking sensors to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of their vehicle. The Focus Titanium also has a standard backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Corolla doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

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 Corolla 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 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, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, 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 Toyota Corolla:





5 Stars

5 Stars




Leg Forces (l/r)

203/82 lbs.

146/324 lbs.



4 Stars

4 Stars




Chest Compression

.4 inches

.5 inches

Neck Stress

157 lbs.

173 lbs.

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

85 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

408/285 lbs.

373/363 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 Toyota Corolla:




5 Stars

2 Stars

Front Seat


4 Stars

4 Stars

Hip Force

384 lbs.

486 lbs.

Rear Seat


5 Stars

2 Stars

Spine Acceleration

64 G’s

80 G’s

Hip Force

805 lbs.

1325 lbs.

Into Pole


5 Stars

1 Star




Spine Acceleration

37 G’s

66 G’s

Hip Force

474 lbs.

1430 lbs.

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

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 390-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Focus’ 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 28 more horsepower (160 vs. 132) and 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (146 vs. 128) than the Corolla’s 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Focus is faster than the Toyota Corolla (automatics tested):



Zero to 30 MPH

2.9 sec

3.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

9.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

13.3 sec

17.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

21.2 sec

28.9 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

4 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

17.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.7 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Focus SFE gets better fuel mileage than the Corolla Auto (28 city/40 hwy vs. 26 city/34 hwy).

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



2.0 4 cyl./Manual

26 city/36 hwy

27 city/34 hwy

1.8 4 cyl./Manual

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

28 city/38 hwy

26 city/34 hwy

1.8 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 4 cyl./Auto (SelectShift)

27 city/37 hwy



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

For better stopping power the Focus’ brake rotors are larger than those on the Corolla:



Front Rotors

10.95 inches

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 Corolla. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes, which work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Focus stops much shorter than the Corolla:



70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

194 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

145 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’ optional 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 a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Focus’ wheelbase is 1.9 inches longer than on the Corolla (104.3 inches vs. 102.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Focus is 1.3 inches wider in the front and .6 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 (60.3% to 39.7%). This gives the Focus more stable handling and braking.

The Focus Sedan handles at .86 G’s, while the Corolla L pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Focus Titanium Sedan executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the Corolla LE (27.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Focus 5dr Hatchback is 7.7 inches shorter than the Corolla S, 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 L:



At idle

37 dB

41 dB


73 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Focus Sedan has .2 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom and 8.8 inches more rear hip room than the Corolla.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Focus Sedan has a larger trunk than the Corolla (13.2 vs. 12.3 cubic feet).

The Focus 5dr Hatchback has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Corolla (23.8 vs. 12.3 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 Corolla’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 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 power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

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

Intelligent Access standard on the Focus Titanium allows the driver to unlock the doors, 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 car in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Toyota Corolla 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 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’ 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 SE/Titanium offers optional heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Corolla.

The Focus offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Corolla doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

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.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Focus has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Corolla doesn’t offer rear vents.

The Focus’ available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Corolla’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

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.

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 two and four years than the Corolla.



Four Year

44% to 45%


Two Year

60% to 63%


According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Focus is less expensive to operate than the Corolla because typical repairs cost less on the Focus than the Corolla, including $42 less for a water pump, $6 less for an alternator, $52 less for a starter, $180 less for fuel injection, $159 less for front struts, $88 less for a timing belt/chain and $42 less for a power steering pump.

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