Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2017 Ford Focus VS 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2017 Ford Focus

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2017 Mitsubishi Lancer

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 Mitsubishi Lancer doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Focus Titanium’s 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 Lancer doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

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 Lancer doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The Focus Titanium’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Lancer doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Focus Titanium’s 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 Lancer doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Compared to metal, the Focus’ plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mitsubishi Lancer has a metal gas tank.

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 Lancer doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Focus and the Lancer 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and rearview cameras.

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 Mitsubishi Lancer:

 

Focus

Lancer

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

201

312

Neck Stress

239 lbs.

349 lbs.

Neck Compression

54 lbs.

77 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

168/250 lbs.

422/426 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

39.5%

59%

Neck Stress

173 lbs.

210 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 Mitsubishi Lancer:

 

Focus

Lancer

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

199

Hip Force

293 lbs.

355 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

347

618

Spine Acceleration

60 G’s

81 G’s

Hip Force

626 lbs.

947 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

15 inches

HIC

182

297

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

41 G’s

Hip Force

698 lbs.

788 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

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

There are almost 11 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Focus’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Focus’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 12 more horsepower (160 vs. 148) and 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (146 vs. 145) than the Lancer’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Focus 4 cyl. is faster than the Mitsubishi Lancer 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. (manual transmissions tested):

 

Focus

Lancer

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16.1 sec

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Focus 4 cyl. is faster than the Mitsubishi Lancer 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Focus

Lancer

Zero to 30 MPH

3.2 sec

3.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.5 sec

9.8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.7 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

17.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.5 MPH

81.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Focus SE Sedan SFE gets better fuel mileage than the Lancer FWD:

 

 

Focus

Lancer

 

 

1.0 3 cyl./6-spd. Manual

30 city/40 hwy

24 city/33 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

 

1.0 3 cyl./6-spd. Auto

27 city/38 hwy

27 city/34 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

26 city/38 hwy

n/a

 

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

 

 

Focus

Lancer

 

 

2.0 4 cyl./5-spd. Manual

25 city/34 hwy

24 city/33 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

 

2.0 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

26 city/36 hwy

27 city/34 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

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

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 Lancer, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Focus has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Lancer’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 Lancer ES 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 Lancer 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 Lancer doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Focus Titanium Sedan handles at .88 G’s, while the Lancer pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Focus Titanium Sedan executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Lancer (27.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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

For excellent aerodynamics, the Focus has standard flush composite headlights. The Lancer has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

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 Lancer 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 Lancer (37 vs. 38 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Focus has .8 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front hip room, .9 inches more front shoulder room and 1.1 inches more rear headroom than the Lancer.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

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 Lancer’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Focus has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Lancer doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The power windows standard on both the Focus and the Lancer 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 Lancer 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 Lancer’s 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 Lancer doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Lancer’s power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Focus’ standard power locks automatically lock the doors when a certain speed is reached. This is an important feature for occupant safety. Locked doors are proven to open less often in collisions, and they are also effective in preventing crime at traffic lights. (The power lock’s automatic feature may have to be activated by your dealer.)

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 Mitsubishi Lancer’s available FAST-Key doesn’t unlock the trunk.

The Focus 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 Lancer has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SEL.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Focus Titanium detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Lancer doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Focus’ optional (except S) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Lancer doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 Lancer doesn’t offer dual zone air-conditioning.

Optional SYNC AppLink for the Focus (not available S) allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Lancer doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

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 Lancer doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Focus owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Focus will cost $510 to $2095 less than the Lancer over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Focus is less expensive to operate than the Lancer because typical repairs cost much less on the Focus than the Lancer, including $327 less for a water pump, $109 less for an alternator, $39 less for front brake pads, $450 less for a starter, $65 less for fuel injection, $149 less for a fuel pump, $212 less for front struts and $632 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Focus will be $569 to $986 less than for the Mitsubishi Lancer.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The Ford Focus outsold the Mitsubishi Lancer by almost twelve to one during the 2016 model year.

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