Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2017 Chevrolet Cruze VS 2017 Ford Focus In IA

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2017 Chevrolet Cruze

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2017 Chevrolet Cruze

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2017 Ford Focus

Safety Comparison

The Cruze Premier offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The Focus doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Chevrolet Cruze 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 Cruze and the Focus have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The Cruze’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Focus’ (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Cruze for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance (up to 2 oil changes). Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Focus.

Reliability Comparison

The Cruze has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Focus doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

The battery on the Cruze is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures which can degrade battery life. By keeping the Cruze’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Focus’ battery is in the hot engine compartment.

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 Cruze’s reliability 83 points higher than the Focus.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 11th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 79 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

The Cruze’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. produces 30 more horsepower (153 vs. 123) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (177 vs. 125) than the Focus SE Sedan’s standard 1.0 turbo 3 cyl. The Cruze’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. produces 31 lbs.-ft. more torque (177 vs. 146) than the Focus’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

The Cruze’s 1.6 turbo diesel produces 14 more horsepower (137 vs. 123) and 115 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 125) than the Focus SE Sedan’s standard 1.0 turbo 3 cyl. The Cruze’s 1.6 turbo diesel produces 94 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 146) than the Focus’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Chevrolet Cruze 1.4 turbo is faster than the Ford Focus 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Cruze

Focus

Zero to 30 MPH

2.6 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

21.6 sec

22.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8 sec

8.4 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

4.1 sec

4.2 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5.2 sec

5.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

87 MPH

Top Speed

132 MPH

122 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Cruze Diesel gets better fuel mileage than the Focus SFE 3 cyl.:

 

 

Cruze

Focus

 

 

Manual

30 city/52 hwy

30 city/40 hwy

 

 

Auto

31 city/47 hwy

27 city/38 hwy

 

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

 

 

Cruze

Focus

 

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Manual

28 city/39 hwy

25 city/34 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

30 city/40 hwy

26 city/38 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

 

Premier 1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

29 city/39 hwy

26 city/36 hwy

SEL/Titanium 2.0 4 cyl./Auto

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

 

 

Cruze

Focus

 

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Manual

28 city/37 hwy

25 city/34 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

30 city/40 hwy

26 city/38 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

 

Premier 1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

28 city/37 hwy

26 city/36 hwy

SEL/Titanium 2.0 4 cyl./Auto

Regardless of its engine, the Cruze’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Ford only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Focus 1.0 ECOBoost.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Cruze uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Focus SE Sedan requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Cruze’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Focus (13.7 vs. 12.4 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Chevrolet Cruze 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 which work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Cruze stops much shorter than the Focus:

 

Cruze

Focus

 

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Cruze Premier’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Focus (225/45R17 vs. 215/50R17).

The Cruze Premier’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 Focus’ optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cruze Premier offers optional 18-inch wheels. The Focus’ largest wheels are only 17-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

The Cruze Premier Sedan handles at .84 G’s, while the Focus SE Sedan pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Cruze Premier Sedan executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Focus SE Sedan (27.1 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Cruze Sedan is 3.4 inches shorter than the Focus Sedan, making the Cruze easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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

 

Cruze

Focus

At idle

36 dB

40 dB

Full-Throttle

77 dB

80 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

71 dB

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Cruze LT Hatchback is quieter than the Focus SE Hatchback:

 

Cruze

Focus

At idle

34 dB

43 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

79 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

73 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Cruze has 3.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Focus (94 vs. 90.7).

The Cruze Sedan has .6 inches more front headroom, 2.9 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Focus Sedan.

The Cruze Hatchback has .6 inches more front headroom, 2.9 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Focus Hatchback.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Cruze Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Focus Sedan (14.8 vs. 13.2 cubic feet).

The Cruze Hatchback has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Focus Hatchback with its rear seat folded (47.2 vs. 43.9 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Cruze’s standard front power windows lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Focus’ standard power windows’ passenger windows don’t open automatically.

The Cruze’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Focus’ manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Both the Cruze and the Focus offer available heated front seats. The Cruze Premier also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Focus.

The Cruze Premier offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Focus doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Cruze is less expensive to operate than the Focus because typical repairs cost less on the Cruze than the Focus, including $161 less for a starter, $58 less for fuel injection and $66 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® chose the Chevrolet Cruze as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Ford Focus isn't recommended.

The Chevrolet Cruze outsold the Ford Focus by 7981 units during the 2016 model year.

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