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The 2016 Ford Focus vs. the 2016 Toyota Corolla

4 door ford focus at our dealership next to a toyota corolla

With near-identical MSRPS and almost perfect five-star crash test ratings across the board, the 2016 Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla may seem pretty evenly matched, but the horsepower and engine options that the Ford Focus bring to the table are what have led The Car Connection to call the 2016 Ford Focus "one of the best-driving small cars on the market." These engine options give the Ford Focus the versatility to meet almost every need, and will quickly erase any concerns about "small car" performance, which is why the Focus is one of the best-selling nameplates in the business. Meanwhile, trim packages ranging from basic to Titanium, which include everything from navigation to Active Parking Assist, let you tailor your Focus to fit your needs. Advantage: Ford Focus

Vehicle Power and Handling

When it comes to power, it's the variety of options that you get with the 2016 Ford Focus that help it shine. The Toyota Corolla outstrips its competitor on fuel economy, being slightly larger and slightly lighter than the Focus, but the Focus brings the horsepower with a base 160 horsepower to the Corolla's 132. Engine upgrades like the Focus ST can jump that up to 252 horsepower, and let your little car go from zero to 60 in just over 6 seconds!

Both the Corolla and the Focus are 4-wheel drive, with rack and pinion steering and a comparable turning diameter, and both are well-rated for handling overall, giving a smooth and comfortable ride for passengers both in front and back. With the Focus offering a wide range of options, from efficiency-minded models to high-performance ST and RS options, the main difference is in versatility. Advantage: Ford Focus.

Vehicle Design and Features

The 2016 Corolla is a refined version of previous designs that gives owners access to a new S Plus trim option that includes sport drive and wheel-mounted paddle shifters. When it comes to trim options, though, it's tough to beat the Ford Focus Titanium package, which has been said to outdo even the detailing of some luxury-brand cars. Though some reviewers have cited the Ford Focus for its dash design, which perhaps takes up some unnecessary space, it is widely agreed to offer a luxurious and elegant interior experience for a compact car. Advantage: Ford Focus

Our Conclusions: The Ford Focus is the Better Car

When it comes time to choose, the big indicators that you might normally use when shopping for a car—price point, horsepower, fuel economy—are pretty closely tied between the 2016 Ford Focus and the Toyota Corolla. So for savvy shoppers, the choice comes down to the additional options that the Focus can bring to the table, whether that's added performance from its ST and RS options, or the comfort and style that come with deluxe trim enhancements like the Titanium package.

No matter what version of the 2016 Ford Focus you choose, you'll have access to the complete driving experience with the 2016 Focus's bold, contemporary look, European-inspired suspension, 2.0L Ti-VCT FFV I-4 engine, Torque Vectoring Control, kinetic exterior design, and seven standard airbags. Not to mention available upscale technology like Active Parking Assist, SecuriCodeTM keyless entry, dual-zone electronic automatic climate control, and an Active Grille Shutter System. Plus the hatchback provides 23.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row!

Whatever version of the Ford Focus is right for you, chances are we've got it on our lot at Rusty Eck Ford in Wichita, so why not come down today and see it for yourself?