2016 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2016 Ford Focus
Compacts are the right choice for many of today’s drivers. Compacts are as small, maneuverable, and efficient as ever, but the latest models also offer incredible safety, top technology, and serious power, among many other highly desirable features. There are a lot of great options out there, but two models that lead the pack are the 2016 Chevy Cruze and the 2016 Ford Focus. We’ve broken down these two models and compared them on all of the dimensions that buyers look for the most. See how these two outstanding models stack up in terms of overall safety, ranked reliability, warranty offerings, engine power, fuel convenience and efficiency, handing, braking, suspension, comfort, and design.
Safety, Reliability, and Warranty
Just about any driver has safety and reliability at the top of their priority list. Likewise, a great warranty is a major selling point in a new car. The Cruze has some serious advantages in safety, reliability, and warranty over the Focus.
In terms of safety, both the Focus and the Cruze are well equipped with a suite of modern safety features and technologies. Each come loaded with a full system of airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, electronic stability control, traction control, rearview cameras, plastic fuel tanks, front wheel drive, available lane departure warning, available rear cross-path warning, and available blind spot warning. However, the Cruze offers some features that the Focus does not, including daytime running lights and an optional collision warning system.
According to the respected J.D. Power and Associates firm, owners report that Chevy vehicles are actually more reliable than those by Ford. In their 2015 survey of vehicle owners that have owned their vehicles for three years, Chevy ranked 9th, while Ford ranked 24th. Similarly, in the Initial Quality Study, Chevy ranked 7th while Ford ranked 12th. These rankings are based on the number of owners per 100 owners that experienced problems with their vehicles. This is a concrete way to rate overall satisfaction.
Finally, great warranties are a major boon for new car buyers. The Cruze pulls ahead here, too, with a corrosion warranty that is one year longer than the Focus’. Chevy also includes two years or 24,000 miles of paid scheduled maintenance with the Cruze—a perk that Ford does not offer.
Power and Efficiency
It’s nearly a given that a compact car will be incredibly efficient, but which model offers the best balance between power and fuel economy? The Cruze offers some serious advantages for both. If you’re seeking a powerful engine, then the Cruze takes the lead. Its 1.4L turbo 4-cylinder engine offers 30 more hp and 52 more lb-ft of torque than the Focus’ upgraded 1.4L turbo 4-cylinder engine.
You’ll also appreciate that the Cruze only requires regular unleaded gasoline, while the Focus recommends premium gasoline. The Cruse also has a 1.3 gallon larger fuel tank than the Focus. You’ll be able to go a lot further in between fill-ups, which will save you a lot of time an annoyance in the long run.
Brakes, Suspension, and Handling
A great ride starts from the bottom up. The Cruze has four-wheel disc brakes, which provide better stopping power and control than the rear drum brakes that the Focus offers standard. Rear drum brakes can be rather unwieldy if they overheat, resulting in longer stopping distances and diminished control.
The Cruze also has a 2-inch longer wheelbase than the Focus for better stability that you’ll notice right away. The Cruze also offers a 1.6 foot tighter turning circle for more maneuverability than the Focus. You’ll be able to get into tighter parking spaces and take more aggressive turns with ease and confidence in the Cruze.
Ergonomic Design and Passenger Comfort
Great design offers a better experience overall for drivers, their passengers and cargo each and every drive. The Cruze offers more interior space where it matters most, including up to .6 inches more headroom, 2.9 inches more rear legroom, and up to 1.1 inches more shoulder room than the Focus. You and your mechanic alike will also appreciate how easy the Cruze is to service. The Oil Life Monitor feature comes standard and calculates the need for oil changes based on your actual driving conditions. No more guessing if 3,000 miles is your magic number for an oil change. Your Cruze will send you an accurate, timely reminder. The Focus does not offer this valuable feature.
The Cruze also offers standard automatic headlights. You’ll have to upgrade to an SE or Titanium Focus model to get the same luxury. While both the Cruze and the Focus offer available heated front seats, only the Cruze gives you the option for heated rear seats. Your passengers will certainly appreciate the equal opportunity coziness on harsh winter days.
See if the Cruze Fits You!
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