Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda Civic Sedan VS 2017 Ford Focus Near Houston, TX

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2018 Honda Civic Sedan

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2017 Ford Focus

Safety Comparison

The Civic offers optional Collision Mitigation Braking System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Focus doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Honda Civic has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Focus doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

Both the Civic and the Focus have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras and available lane departure warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda Civic is safer than the Ford Focus:

 

Civic

Focus

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

201

201

Neck Injury Risk

20%

31.3%

Neck Stress

176 lbs.

239 lbs.

Neck Compression

53 lbs.

54 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

34%

39.5%

Neck Stress

131 lbs.

173 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Honda Civic Sedan is safer than the Focus Sedan:

 

Civic

Focus

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

7 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

.2/.5 kN

3.63/2.27 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

1%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

GOOD

Tibia forces R/L

2.2/3.5 kN

2.6/3.7 kN

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 Honda Civic is safer than the Ford Focus:

 

Civic

Focus

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

356 lbs.

626 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

14 inches

Spine Acceleration

37 G’s

39 G’s

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Civic the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 120 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Focus was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Civic’s reliability 11 points higher than the Focus.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 78 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 8 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine Comparison

The Civic has more powerful engines than the Focus:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Civic 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

158 HP

138 lbs.-ft.

Civic 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

174 HP

162 lbs.-ft.

Civic 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

174 HP

167 lbs.-ft.

Civic Hatchback Sport 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

180 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

Focus SE Sedan 1.0 turbo 3 cyl.

123 HP

125 lbs.-ft.

Focus 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

160 HP

146 lbs.-ft.

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

 

Civic

Focus

Zero to 30 MPH

2.6 sec

2.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7 sec

7.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17 sec

21.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

89 MPH

Top Speed

131 MPH

121 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Civic 1.5T is faster than the Ford Focus 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Civic

Focus

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

8.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

16.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

85.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Civic

Focus

 

 

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

28 city/40 hwy

25 city/34 hwy

4 cyl./Manual

 

1.5T/Manual

31 city/42 hwy

30 city/40 hwy

1.0 3 cyl. Turbo/Manual

 

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

31 city/40 hwy

26 city/38 hwy

S/SE 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

26 city/36 hwy

SEL/Titanium 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.5T/Auto

32 city/42 hwy

27 city/38 hwy

1.0 3 cyl. Turbo/Auto

On the EPA test cycle the Civic Hatchback gets better fuel mileage than the Focus Hatchback:

 

 

Civic

Focus

 

 

1.5T/Manual

29 city/38 hwy

25 city/34 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

 

Sport 1.5T/Manual

29 city/38 hwy

n/a

 

 

1.5T/Auto

32 city/42 hwy

26 city/38 hwy

S/SE 4 cyl./Auto

 

Sport 1.5T/Auto

31 city/40 hwy

26 city/36 hwy

SEL/Titanium 4 cyl./Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Civic’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Focus:

 

Civic

Focus

Front Rotors

11.1 inches

10.9 inches

Rear Rotors

10.2 inches

9” drums

The Honda Civic has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Focus. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Civic stops much shorter than the Focus:

 

Civic

Focus

 

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Civic has larger standard tires than the Focus (215/55R16 vs. 195/65R15). The Civic Hatchback Sport/Sport Touring’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Focus (235/40R18 vs. 215/50R17).

The Civic LX/LX-P/EX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Focus S Sedan’s standard 65 series tires. The Civic Hatchback Sport/Sport Touring’s tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Focus’ optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Civic LX/LX-P/EX has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Focus S Sedan. The Civic Hatchback Sport/Sport Touring’s 18-inch wheels are larger than the 17-inch wheels optional on the Focus.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Civic’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the Focus (106.3 inches vs. 104.3 inches).

The Civic Sport Hatchback handles at .93 G’s, while the Focus Sedan pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Civic has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Focus uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

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

 

Civic

Focus

At idle

38 dB

40 dB

Full-Throttle

78 dB

80 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Civic Sedan a Mid-size car, while the Focus Sedan is rated a Compact.

The Civic Sedan has 7.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Focus (97.8 vs. 90.7).

The Civic Sedan has 1 inch more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, 4.2 inches more rear legroom and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Focus Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Civic Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Focus Sedan (15.1 vs. 13.2 cubic feet).

The Civic Hatchback with its rear seat up has a much larger trunk than the Focus Hatchback with its rear seat up (25.7 vs. 23.3 cubic feet). The Civic Hatchback with its rear seat folded has a much larger trunk than the Focus Hatchback with its rear seat folded (46.2 vs. 43.9 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Civic Hatchback easier. The Civic Hatchback’s trunk lift-over height is 27 inches, while the Focus’ liftover is 28.2 inches. The Civic Sedan’s liftover is only 26.8 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Civic’s front power windows 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 Focus’ standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

If the windows are left down on the Civic the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Focus can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Civic has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Focus doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Civic Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Focus’ manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Civic has standard extendable sun visors. The Focus doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Both the Civic and the Focus offer available heated front seats. The Civic Touring Sedan/Sport Touring also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Focus.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Civic offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Focus doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Civic owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Civic will cost $775 less than the Focus over a five-year period.

The Civic will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Civic will retain 47.26% to 50.4% of its original price after five years, while the Focus only retains 35.64% to 41.81%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Civic is less expensive to operate than the Focus because it costs $459 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Civic than the Focus, including $9 less for an alternator, $5 less for front brake pads, $71 less for fuel injection, $37 less for a fuel pump and $54 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Civic will be $2458 to $2879 less than for the Ford Focus.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Civic second among compact cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Focus isn’t in the top three.

The Civic was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 21 years. The Focus hasn’t been picked since 2013.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Civic as the 2016 North American Car of the Year. The Focus was Car of the Year in 2000.

The Honda Civic outsold the Ford Focus by over two to one during 2016.

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