Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2016 Ford Focus VS 2016 Chevrolet Cruze Near Avondale, AZ

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2016 Ford Focus

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2016 Chevrolet Cruze

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 Chevrolet Cruze Limited doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Focus’ optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Cruze Limited doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Focus (except S) offers optional Reverse Sensing System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Cruze Limited doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Focus and the Cruze Limited have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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 Chevrolet Cruze Limited:

Focus

Cruze Limited

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

201

328

Leg Forces (l/r)

168/250 lbs.

340/399 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

207

267

Neck Injury Risk

39.5%

44%

Neck Compression

41 lbs.

45 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 Ford Focus is safer than the Cruze Limited:

Focus

Cruze Limited

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

7 cm

11 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

1%/0%

2%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Tibia index R/L

.58/.42

.64/.44

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 Chevrolet Cruze Limited:

Focus

Cruze Limited

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

162

Chest Movement

1 inches

1.1 inches

Hip Force

293 lbs.

317 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

626 lbs.

723 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

182

250

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

698 lbs.

857 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, and an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Focus as a “Top Pick” for 2015. The Cruze Limited is not a “Top Pick” for 2015.

Warranty Comparison

The Focus’ corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Cruze Limited’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Focus has a standard 590-amp battery. The Cruze Limited’s 438-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Focus’ reliability will be 25% better than the Cruze Limited.

Engine Comparison

The Focus’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 22 more horsepower (160 vs. 138) and 21 lbs.-ft. more torque (146 vs. 125) than the Cruze Limited L/LS’ standard 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl.

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

Focus

Cruze Limited

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

8.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

21.9 sec

24.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

16.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

85 MPH

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Focus 4 cyl. is faster than the Chevrolet Cruze Limited turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Focus

Cruze Limited

Zero to 30 MPH

3.2 sec

3.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.5 sec

10 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.7 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

17.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.5 MPH

80.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Focus SFE 3 cyl. SMG gets better fuel mileage than the Cruze Limited ECO turbo 4 cyl. Auto (28 city/40 hwy vs. 26 city/39 hwy).

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 Cruze Limited 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 Cruze Limited doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Focus stops much shorter than the Cruze Limited:

Focus

Cruze Limited

80 to 0 MPH

210 feet

235 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

188 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Focus Titanium’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cruze Limited (235/40R18 vs. 225/50R17).

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 Cruze Limited LTZ’s 45 series tires.

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 Cruze Limited, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

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 Chevrolet Cruze Limited 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 Cruze Limited’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Focus has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Focus flat and controlled during cornering. The Cruze Limited’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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 Cruze Limited doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

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

The Focus Titanium Sedan handles at .88 G’s, while the Cruze Limited pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Focus SE Sedan performs Popular Mechanics’ emergency lane change maneuver 10.1 MPH faster than the Cruze Limited ECO (60.66 vs. 50.6 MPH).

The Focus Titanium Sedan executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Cruze Limited (27.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Focus Hatchback is 9.3 inches shorter than the Cruze Limited, making the Focus easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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

Focus

Cruze Limited

At idle

37 dB

41 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

72 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Focus has .8 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom and .4 inches more rear hip room than the Cruze Limited.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Focus Titanium’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches. The Cruze Limited LT/LTZ/ECO’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Focus’ available exterior PIN entry system. The Cruze Limited doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its OnStar ® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Intelligent Access standard on the Focus Titanium allows you to unlock the driver’s door, 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 vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Cruze Limited’s available Keyless Access doesn’t unlock the trunk.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Focus SE/Titanium’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Cruze Limited doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Focus (except S)’s optional 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 Cruze Limited doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

With standard voice command, the Focus offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Cruze Limited doesn’t offer a voice control system.

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 Cruze Limited 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 Cruze Limited because typical repairs cost much less on the Focus than the Cruze Limited, including $190 less for a water pump, $315 less for an alternator, $50 less for front brake pads, $45 less for a fuel pump, $58 less for front struts and $145 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Focus won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Chevrolet Cruze Limited only won one award.

Popular Mechanics performed a comparison test in its August 2012 issue and the Ford Focus SE Sedan won out over the Chevrolet Cruze Limited LT.

The Focus was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 7 of the last 17 years. The Cruze Limited 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 Cruze Limited has never been an “All Star.”

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