Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2016 Ford Focus VS 2016 Hyundai Elantra Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2016 Ford Focus

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2016 Hyundai Elantra

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 Hyundai Elantra Sedan 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 Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

To help make backing safer, the Focus’ optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Focus and the Elantra Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 parking sensors.

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 Hyundai Elantra Sedan:

Focus

Elantra Sedan

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Stress

239 lbs.

324 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

168/250 lbs.

243/604 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

207

295

Neck Injury Risk

39.5%

42%

Neck Stress

173 lbs.

239 lbs.

Neck Compression

41 lbs.

104 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 Hyundai Elantra Sedan:

Focus

Elantra Sedan

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

125

388

Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

218 G’s

339 G’s

Hip Force

293 lbs.

454 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

347

424

Spine Acceleration

60 G’s

70 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

182

396

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

53 G’s

Hip Force

698 lbs.

832 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 7 times as many Ford dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need 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 Elantra Sedan’s 550-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Focus’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 15 more horsepower (160 vs. 145) and 16 lbs.-ft. more torque (146 vs. 130) than the Elantra Sedan’s standard 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Focus 4 cyl. is faster than the Hyundai Elantra Sedan 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. (manual transmissions tested):

Focus

Elantra Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16 sec

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Focus 4 cyl. is faster than the Hyundai Elantra Sedan 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Focus

Elantra Sedan

Zero to 30 MPH

2.9 sec

3.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

9.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

13.3 sec

16.4 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

4 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

17.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.7 MPH

82 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Focus SFE 3 cyl. SMG gets better highway fuel mileage than the Elantra Sedan Auto with its standard engine (28 city/40 hwy vs. 28 city/38 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 Elantra Sedan 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 Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Focus stops much shorter than the Elantra Sedan:

Focus

Elantra Sedan

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

126 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 Elantra Sedan (235/40R18 vs. 215/45R17).

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 Elantra Sedan Sport/Limited’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Focus Titanium offers optional 18-inch wheels. The Elantra Sedan’s largest wheels are only 17-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 Elantra Sedan, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

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 Hyundai Elantra Sedan has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

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

The Focus Titanium Sedan handles at .88 G’s, while the Elantra Sedan SE pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Focus SE Sedan performs Popular Mechanics’ emergency lane change maneuver 10.3 MPH faster than the Elantra Sedan SE (60.66 vs. 50.4 MPH).

The Focus Titanium Sedan executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Elantra Sedan SE (27.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Focus Hatchback is 7.4 inches shorter than the Elantra Sedan, making the Focus easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Focus Sedan is quieter than the Elantra Sedan Limited (37 vs. 38 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Focus has .4 inches more front hip room, .9 inches more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom and .1 inches more rear hip room than the Elantra Sedan.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Focus automatic offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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

The Focus Titanium’s front and rear power windows all 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 Elantra Sedan’s optional passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

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 Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its extra cost Blue Link can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

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 Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 Elantra Sedan 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 Elantra Sedan because typical repairs cost much less on the Focus than the Elantra Sedan, including $463 less for an alternator, $210 less for front struts and $65 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Both the Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra Sedan won four awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

Automobile performed a comparison test in its July 2011 issue and they ranked the Ford Focus SE Sedan first. They ranked the Hyundai Elantra Sedan Limited fourth.

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

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