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The 2016 Ford Focus vs. the 2016 Honda Civic

4 door ford focus hatchback side by side with silver honda civic

The 2016 Ford Focus has been called "one of the best driving small cars on the market," and even when competing against the stylish and pricier 2016 Honda Civic, the Ford Focus still manages to stand out from the crowd. How? Well, the Focus offers a range of horsepower and engine options that let you customize your driving experience. At its most efficient, the Focus can beat the Civic on fuel economy with an impressive 42 mpg highway, while packages like the RS, with its intercooled Turbo Premium 2.3L engine, bring the speed. It isn't all about power, though. The stylish 2016 Honda Civic's Touring Trim package has been compared to premium cars on the market. Fortunately, the Focus also has style to spare, and its Titanium package has been said to beat even some luxury sedans. Advantage: Ford Focus.

Vehicle Power and Handling

With a higher price tag and lower horsepower, the 2016 Honda Civic sells itself primarily on style and economy, rather than speed or driving excitement. With a base horsepower of 160 that can be jumped up to 252 horsepower with the Focus ST, the 2016 Ford Focus has power and handling to spare for an economy car. Maybe that's why it's one of the best-selling nameplates in the business. What's more, to get the best out of the Civic's horsepower, speed, or driving experience, you've got to opt for pricey upgrades. And while the Civic may beat the Focus on fuel economy in its base model, the available 1.0L EcoBoost engine on the 2016 Ford Focus allows it to outshine its competition whether in the city or on the highway. Advantage: Ford Focus

Vehicle Design and Features

Both the 2016 Ford Focus and the 2016 Honda Civic offer more style than you might expect from cars in their price range, and they can be scaled up to fit almost anyone's tastes. One of the big differences here is in the price tag. While the Civic's Touring trim package has been compared to premium cars and offers everything from heated seats and LED headlights to a 450-watt premium audio system, its MSRP is almost $4,000 higher than the Ford Focus Titanium trim package, which is one of the best in its class and has been compared to the styling options on even luxury sedans, offering an impressive array of smart technologies such as Active Parking Assist. Advantage: Ford Focus

Our Conclusions: The Ford Focus is the Better Car

At the end of the day, the 2016 Ford Focus offers trim, power, and drivability options that can be tailored to fit any lifestyle and any need. If you're looking for fuel efficiency, the 1.0L EcoBoost will get you there with 42 mpg highway, while if you want speed at your fingertips, the 252 horsepower Focus ST can go from zero to 60 in around 6 seconds! And while there's no denying that the 2016 Honda Civic brings premium car style to the economy car market, the trim options available to the Ford Focus let you have your cake and eat it too, with all the bells and whistles and a lower MSRP.

Active Parking Assist, SecuriCodeTM keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an Active Grille Shutter System are just a few of the options for smart, upscale technologies available in your 2016 Ford Focus. Whether you opt for a more fuel efficient model or go looking for a little extra power, you'll always get the Focus's kinetic exterior design, European-inspired suspension, Torque Vectoring Control, and all the safety features that have secured the 2016 Ford Focus nearly perfect five-star crash safety ratings across the board, including seven standard airbags. Plus, if cargo space is a concern, the Focus offers a hatchback option which provides 23.3 cubic feet of available cargo space!

When it comes to choosing an economy car that gives you versatility and performance as well as affordability, you can't go wrong with the 2016 Ford Focus. Want to test drive one today and see what you've been missing? We've got just about every variety of 2016 Focus on our lot at Rusty Eck Ford in Wichita today!