Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2017 Ford Focus VS 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2017 Ford Focus

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2017 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 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Focus are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Cruze doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Focus SEL/Titanium has standard Reverse Sensing System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Cruze doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Focus and the Cruze have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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

There are over 29 percent more Ford dealers than there are Chevrolet dealers, which makes it 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 590-amp battery. The Cruze only offers a standard 550-amp battery.

Engine Comparison

The Focus’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 7 more horsepower (160 vs. 153) than the Cruze’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Focus 4 cyl. is faster than the Chevrolet Cruze (automatics tested):

 

Focus

Cruze

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

8.2 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

13.3 sec

14.2 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

4 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.7 MPH

85.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Focus SE Sedan SFE gets better fuel mileage than the Cruze Manual (30 city/40 hwy vs. 28 city/39 hwy).

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 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Focus stops shorter than the Cruze:

 

Focus

Cruze

 

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

113 feet

Motor Trend

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

The Focus’ drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Cruze doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Focus’ front to rear weight distribution is more even (58.5% to 41.5%) than the Cruze’s (60.6% to 39.4%). This gives the Focus more stable handling and braking.

The Focus Sedan handles at .86 G’s, while the Cruze LT Sedan pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

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 Cruze doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Focus Sedan is quieter than the Cruze LT Sedan (73 vs. 77 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Focus Sedan has 1.1 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom and .9 inches more rear hip room than the Cruze Sedan.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Cruze Premier’s optional rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully. Only its driver’s window opens 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 Cruze 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.

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 Cruze doesn’t offer dual zone air-conditioning.

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 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 because it costs $81 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Focus than the Cruze, including $190 less for a water pump, $310 less for an alternator, $50 less for front brake pads, $45 less for a fuel pump, $51 less for front struts and $82 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

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

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