Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2012 Ford Focus VS 2012 Toyota Corolla Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2012 Ford Focus

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2012 Toyota Corolla

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 Toyota Corolla doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Focus SEL/Titanium offers optional parking sensors to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of their vehicle. The Focus SEL/Titanium also offers an optional backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Corolla doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

The Focus’ blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver's blind spots. The Corolla doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

The Focus (except S) offers optional SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Corolla doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Focus and the Corolla have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

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

Focus

Corolla

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

101

193

Leg Forces (l/r)

203/82 lbs.

146/324 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

289

329

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.5 inches

Neck Stress

157 lbs.

173 lbs.

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

85 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

408/285 lbs.

373/363 lbs.

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

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 Ford Focus is safer than the Toyota Corolla:

Focus

Corolla

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

2 Stars

Front Seat

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Hip Force

384 lbs.

486 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

2 Stars

Spine Acceleration

64 G’s

80 G’s

Hip Force

805 lbs.

1325 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

1 Star

HIC

250

619

Spine Acceleration

37 G’s

66 G’s

Hip Force

474 lbs.

1430 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

There are over 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Focus’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Focus has a standard 590 amp battery. The Corolla’s 356 amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Focus’ 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 28 more horsepower (160 vs. 132) and 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (146 vs. 128) than the Corolla’s 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Focus is faster than the Toyota Corolla (automatics tested):

Focus

Corolla

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

9.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

13.6 sec

17.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

22.7 sec

28.9 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

4.4 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

17.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.7 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Focus SFE gets better fuel mileage than the Corolla Auto (29 city/40 hwy vs. 26 city/34 hwy).

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

Focus

Corolla

Manual

26 city/36 hwy

27 city/34 hwy

Auto

28 city/38 hwy

26 city/34 hwy

SelectShift

27 city/37 hwy

n/a

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 Corolla doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Focus

Corolla

Front Rotors

10.95 inches

10.7 inches

The Focus offers optional antilock four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the Corolla. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes which work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Focus stops much shorter than the Corolla:

Focus

Corolla

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

194 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Focus Titanium’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Corolla (235/40R18 vs. 205/55R16).

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 Corolla LE/S’ 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Focus Titanium offers optional 18 inch wheels. The Corolla’s largest wheels are only 16 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 Corolla, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

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 Toyota Corolla has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Focus has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Corolla’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Focus has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Corolla doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Focus’ wheelbase is 1.9 inches longer than on the Corolla (104.3 inches vs. 102.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Focus is 1.3 inches wider in the front and .3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Corolla.

The Focus’ front to rear weight distribution is more even (58.5% to 41.5%) than the Corolla’s (60.3% to 39.7%). This gives the Focus more stable handling and braking.

The Focus SEL Sedan handles at .86 G’s, while the Corolla L pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Focus Titanium Sedan executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the Corolla LE (27.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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 Corolla doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Focus SEL Sedan is quieter than the Corolla L:

Focus

Corolla

At idle

37 dB

41 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Focus Sedan has 2 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom and 8.8 inches more rear hip room than the Corolla.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Focus easier. The Focus’ trunk lift-over height is 28.2 inches, while the Corolla’s liftover is 30 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

The engine computer on the Focus automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Corolla’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The power windows standard on both the Focus and the Corolla 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 Corolla prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the available exterior keypad. The Corolla doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

Intelligent Access standard on the Focus Titanium allows the driver to unlock the doors, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the car in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Toyota Corolla doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Focus has standard lighted power door lock, power window, power mirror and cruise control switches so that they are easily found at night. The Corolla doesn’t have lighted switches.

The Focus’ standard variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Corolla’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent. The Focus SEL/Titanium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Corolla LE’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Focus SE/SEL/Titanium 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 Corolla doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

The Focus’ standard power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Corolla’s standard power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The Focus SE/SEL/Titanium offers optional heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Corolla.

The Focus SEL/Titanium offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Corolla doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

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 Corolla doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Focus SEL/Titanium’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Corolla doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Focus has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Corolla doesn’t offer rear vents.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address with audible turn-by-turn directions, a GPS navigation system is available on the Focus SEL/Titanium. The Focus’ navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Corolla doesn’t offer a navigation system.

With optional voice command, the Focus offers the driver hands free control of the radio and cell phone by simply speaking. The Corolla doesn’t offer a voice control system.

The Focus SEL/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 Corolla doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Focus is less expensive to operate than the Corolla because typical repairs cost much less on the Focus than the Corolla, including $78 less for an alternator, $152 less for front brake pads, $322 less for fuel injection and $183 less for a fuel pump.

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