North Georgia Ford Compares 2016 Ford Focus VS 2017 Hyundai Elantra Near Jasper, GA

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2016 Ford Focus

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2017 Hyundai Elantra

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 Elantra Sedan 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 Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Focus and the Elantra Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

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

Engine Comparison

The Focus’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 13 more horsepower (160 vs. 147) and 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (146 vs. 132) than the Elantra Sedan’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Focus 4 cyl. is faster than the Hyundai Elantra Sedan (automatics tested):


Elantra Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

8.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

21.3 sec

23 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.1 sec

8.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

16.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

87 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Focus SFE 3 cyl. Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Sonic turbo 4 cyl. Auto (28 city/40 hwy vs. 27 city/37 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Focus SFE 3 cyl. Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Sonic turbo 4 cyl. Manual (30 city/42 hwy vs. 27 city/37 hwy).

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



1.0 turbo 3 cyl./Manual

30 city/42 hwy

26 city/36 hwy


1.0 turbo 3 cyl./Auto

28 city/40 hwy

29 city/38 hwy

 15” wheels Auto

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

27 city/40 hwy

28 city/37 hwy

16-17” wheels Auto

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 Elantra Sedan 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 Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Focus Titanium’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Elantra Sedan (235/40R18 vs. 225/45R17).

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 Elantra Sedan Limited’s 45 series tires.

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

The Focus Sedan handles at .86 G’s, while the Elantra Sedan Limited pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Focus Hatchback is 8.2 inches shorter than the Elantra 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 Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Focus has .9 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more rear headroom and .9 inches more rear hip room than the Elantra Sedan.

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 Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 Elantra Sedan’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 Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Blue Link can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

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 Elantra Sedan 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 Elantra Sedan 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 Elantra Sedan 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 Elantra Sedan has never been an “All Star.”

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