North Georgia Ford Compares 2016 Ford Focus VS 2016 Subaru Impreza Near Ellijay, GA

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2016 Ford Focus

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2016 Subaru Impreza

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 Subaru Impreza doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Focus’ standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Impreza doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

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 Impreza 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 Impreza 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 Subaru Impreza has a metal gas tank.

Both the Focus and the Impreza have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available lane departure 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 Subaru Impreza:

Focus

Impreza

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

201

331

Leg Forces (l/r)

168/250 lbs.

284/717 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

207

236

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.9 inches

Neck Injury Risk

39.5%

40%

Neck Stress

173 lbs.

239 lbs.

Neck Compression

41 lbs.

65 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

404/227 lbs.

507/328 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 Subaru Impreza:

Focus

Impreza

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

138

Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches

Hip Force

293 lbs.

415 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

15 inches

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

698 lbs.

1048 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 7 times as many Ford dealers as there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Focus’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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 Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Focus’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 12 more horsepower (160 vs. 148) and 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (146 vs. 145) than the Impreza’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

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

Focus

Impreza

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

8.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

21.9 sec

25.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

16.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

84 MPH

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

Focus

Impreza

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

9.4 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

17.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.7 MPH

81.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Focus SFE 3 cyl. SMG gets better fuel mileage than the Impreza CVT (28 city/40 hwy vs. 28 city/37 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Focus Manual 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Impreza Sedan Manual (26 city/36 hwy vs. 25 city/34 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 Impreza 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 Impreza doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Focus stops much shorter than the Impreza:

Focus

Impreza

80 to 0 MPH

210 feet

238 feet

Road & Track

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

133 feet

Road & Track

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

143 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 Impreza (235/40R18 vs. 205/55R16).

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 Impreza’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Focus Titanium offers optional 18-inch wheels. The Impreza’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 Impreza, 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 Impreza’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 Impreza Base suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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 Impreza doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Focus is 1.8 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than on the Impreza.

The Focus Titanium Sedan handles at .88 G’s, while the Impreza Sedan pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Focus Titanium Hatchback handles at .90 G’s, while the Impreza 5-door pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Focus Titanium Hatchback goes through Road & Track’s slalom 5 MPH faster than the Impreza Premium 5-door (69.2 vs. 64.2 MPH).

The Focus SE Sedan performs Popular Mechanics’ emergency lane change maneuver faster than the Impreza Premium Sedan (60.66 vs. 60.23 MPH).

The Focus Titanium Sedan executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Impreza Sedan (27.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

The Focus Titanium Hatchback executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Impreza 5-door (26.8 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Focus is shorter than the Impreza, making the Focus easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

Focus

Impreza

Sedan

178.7 inches

180.5 inches

Station Wagon

171.7 inches

174 inches

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 Impreza (.29 to .32) 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 Impreza 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 Impreza 5-door is rated a Small Station Wagon.

The Focus Sedan has 1.7 inches more front hip room and .9 inches more rear headroom than the Impreza Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Focus Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Impreza Sedan (13.2 vs. 12 cubic feet).

The Focus Hatchback has a larger cargo area than the Impreza 5-door with its rear seat up (23.3 vs. 22.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the Focus and the Impreza 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 Impreza 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 Impreza’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

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 Impreza doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Focus has a standard center folding armrest for the driver and front passenger. A center armrest helps combat driver fatigue. The Impreza Base doesn’t offer a front 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 Impreza 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 Impreza 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 Impreza because it costs $90 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Focus than the Impreza, including $213 less for a water pump, $112 less for an alternator, $6 less for front brake pads, $84 less for a starter, $498 less for front struts and $156 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Both the Ford Focus and Subaru Impreza won four awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

Popular Mechanics performed a comparison test in its August 2012 issue and the Ford Focus SE Sedan won out over the Subaru Impreza Premium Sedan.

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

The Ford Focus outsold the Subaru Impreza by over two to one during the 2015 model year.

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