North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Focus VS 2017 Subaru Impreza Near Jasper, GA

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2017 Ford Focus

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2017 Subaru Impreza

Safety Comparison

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.

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, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 6 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’ 2016 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 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Focus’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 8 more horsepower (160 vs. 152) and 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (146 vs. 145) than the Impreza’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 Impreza doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis Comparison

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





178.7 inches

182.1 inches

Station Wagon

171.7 inches

175.6 inches

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

The Focus Hatchback is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the Impreza 5-door is rated a Small Station Wagon.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

The Focus Hatchback has a much larger cargo area than the Impreza 5-door with its rear seat up (23.3 vs. 20.8 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 rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Focus has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Impreza has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Limited.

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 Impreza doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 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.

Recommendations Comparison

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 almost three to one during the 2016 model year.

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