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The 2016 Ford Focus vs. the 2016 Hyundai Elantra

ford focus hatchback and a white hyundai elantra here at Rusty Eck Ford

Some would say that the 2016 Ford Focus and the 2016 Hyundai Elantra are pretty evenly balanced in most departments, but go a little deeper and you'll find that the Focus offers performance and versatility that can't be beat. With generous cargo space and an excellent warranty, the Hyundai Elantra makes a good case for itself, even with a slightly higher MSRP than the Focus. But ultimately the Focus beats its competitors with high performance, great fuel efficiency, and stylish trim options that put it at the head of its class, including a Titanium package that has been compared to luxury sedans. Advantage: Ford Focus

Vehicle Power and Handling

When it comes to economy sedans, it's difficult to beat the 2016 Ford Focus for power or versatility. Even the Focus's base horsepower of 160 beats the Elantra's 148, while the Focus offers high-performance upgrades like the ST, which brings it up to 252 horsepower, or the RS option with its intercooled Turbo Premium 2.3L engine! There's also a Focus for those who prioritize fuel efficiency over speed and power. Even with the standard 2.0L Ti-VCT FFV I-4 engine, the 2016 Ford Focus meets or exceeds the fuel economy of the Hyundai Elantra, and the optional 1.0L EcoBoost engine can get your miles-per-gallon up to 42 on the highway. Advantage: Ford Focus

Vehicle Design and Features

When it comes to buying a compact or economy car, one question always comes up: how much space does it have? Fortunately, the Ford Focus offers plenty of space for passengers both in the front and back seats. While the Elantra may come standard with slightly more cargo space than the Focus, the hatchback option gives the 2016 Ford Focus an additional 23.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row.

Space is important, but it's not all that goes into great, comfortable, stylish vehicle design. Fortunately, the Ford Focus also triumphs when it comes to available trim packages, with styling details that put it head and shoulders above its class. With Active Parking Assist, SecuriCodeTM keyless entry, and other smart technology features, the Ford Focus Titanium package has been compared favorably to the styling of luxury sedans, but at an affordable price! Advantage: Ford Focus.

Our Conclusions: The Ford Focus is the Better Car

Don't get us wrong, the 2016 Hyundai Elantra is a good, reliable car that offers plenty of cargo space, good fuel economy, and an impressive warranty. But dollar for dollar and mile for mile, you just can't beat the 2016 Ford Focus when it comes to your complete driving experience. After all, there's a reason that the Focus is one of the best-selling cars around. Actually, there are a lot of reasons, starting with the vast array of engine options that let you customize your driving experience to meet your lifestyle. Whether you're looking for the fuel efficiency offered by the 1.0L EcoBoost Engine, or whether you'd rather have the speed and performance of the ST or RS options, there's a 2016 Ford Focus that's perfect for you.

The things that set the Focus apart don't stop under the hood, either. The 2016 Ford Focus is an instantly recognizable car thanks to its bold, contemporary look and kinetic exterior design. And whether you opt for the 4-door sedan or the hatchback with its additional 23.3 feet of cargo space, you'll enjoy the Focus's Torque Vectoring Control, European-inspired suspension, and standard 2.0L Ti-VCT FFV I-4 engine. Concerned about safety? In the Focus you don't have to be, as it has some of the best safety ratings in its class, including nearly perfect five-star crash safety ratings across the board, and seven standard airbags.

Available trim options offer style and substance to the Ford Focus, with the Titanium package providing some of the most innovative upgrades in smart technology including Active Parking Assist, dual-zone electronic automatic climate control, an Active Grille Shutter System, and SecuriCodeTM keyless entry.

Whatever you're looking for in an affordable yet stylish compact, you'll find a Ford Focus to fit your needs and your personal style. Don't believe us? Come on down to the lot at Rusty Eck Ford in Wichita and test drive our 2016 Ford Focus selection today!