North Georgia Ford Compares 2016 Ford Focus VS 2016 Honda Civic Near Calhoun, GA

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2016 Ford Focus

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2016 Honda Civic

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

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

Both the Focus and the Civic 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

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 Civic’s 500-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 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 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 14th.

Engine Comparison

The Focus’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 2 more horsepower (160 vs. 158) and 8 lbs.-ft. more torque (146 vs. 138) than the Civic LX/LX-P/EX’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Focus 4 cyl. is faster than the Civic 2.0 4 cyl. (manual transmissions tested):

Focus

Civic

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.8 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Focus SFE 3 cyl. Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Civic Sedan Manual (30 city/42 hwy vs. 27 city/40 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 Civic doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Focus stops much shorter than the Civic:

Focus

Civic

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

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 Civic (235/40R18 vs. 215/55R16).

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 Civic EX-T/EX-L/Touring’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Focus Titanium offers optional 18-inch wheels. The Civic’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 Civic, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Focus has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Civic’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Focus Titanium Sedan handles at .88 G’s, while the Civic Touring Sedan pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Focus Sedan is 3.6 inches shorter than the Civic Sedan, 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 Civic doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

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

Focus

Civic

At idle

37 dB

38 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Focus Sedan has .8 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front hip room, .9 inches more rear headroom and 5.5 inches more rear hip room than the Civic Sedan.

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the Focus and the Civic 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 Civic 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 Civic’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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 Civic 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 Civic LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

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 Civic 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 Civic doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Focus won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

The Focus was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 7 of the last 17 years. The Civic hasn’t been picked since 1996.

The Focus was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 4 of the last 16 years. The Civic hasn’t been picked since 1997.

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